I know the title makes it sound as if I sat down with an editor for a novel I have written – that was accepted by one of the big publishing houses. I know it’s not and the title should read ‘Lunch with My Editor (for the time being)’, but I am enjoying the illusion.
Geoff is the editor-in-chief for Iron Horse Magazine. After having corresponded with him for over four months, we both finally found the time to meet. He came to my office about 1 p.m. and being a one-time food editor for the Boston Herald, he suggested going to a yuppie/bistro pizza place called Cambridge 1. They serve large pita-styled flat bread pizzas, and have toppings like arugula, shaved steak and goat cheese, chicken, artichoke and Portobello mushroom – you get the picture.
Upon meeting, we both remarked that we look far different than we had each pictured. He said, “You’re a lot bigger than I ever imagined” like I’ve never heard that before. I told him that he was younger (and I didn’t mention scruffier) than I had imagined. Geoff is six-foot tall, a little slouch shouldered, and a slender build. He has longish mouse brown hair; a face scarred by acne, and intense blue/green eyes. He was dressed as if he was either ready to go on a day hike or hop on a skateboard. Geoff is very direct and when he talks to you, he looks you right in the eye.
We went over the article I had just written and he explained a few modifications he made to my story and how he tightened up certain aspects of it. We also talked about the article I am undertaking this week about a custom painter in Wilmington, Mass. In addition, we tossed about the idea of my taking a trip to Knoxville for the Honda Hoot and writing about that.
Considering his size, I think Geoff either has a very high metabolism or a tapeworm. He ordered three half-pizzas and he devoured whatever I couldn’t. During the meal, I interviewed Geoff to find out a little more about him.
He graduated with a dual degree in journalism and photojournalism so he could make himself more marketable. After graduation, he began as a freelance photographer on the rock music circuit. He then got a gig being the photographer and eventual photo editor and writer for a popular skateboarding magazine. He toured extensively all over the U.S. and Canada. He did this for eight years, but knew he wanted to be a senior editor of a magazine. He soon became the Food editor for the Boston Herald and then the editor/photographer for the Art and Music section of the Herald, for another four years.
Now he’s entirely responsible for putting out Iron Horse Magazine every three months, but after September, they will be going on a bi-monthly schedule. He said that as long as I can bring him some good ideas, he’d have work for me.
Overall, it was a good lunch. I found Geoff to be an extremely hard working person, but knew how to have fun at the same time. He takes his work very seriously and doesn’t put up with bullshit and he will let you know it right away. I like his direct, no nonsense, don’t make excuses attitude. It’s the only way to get things started and done in a timely manner – and he does.
[Update: Geoff no longer works for Iron Horse and I’m not entirely sure if Iron Horse is still in publication.]