My Job in 5: Emmanuella Kwenortey, Communications Assistant, HarperCollins UK

My Job in 5: Emmanuella Kwenortey, Communications Assistant, HarperCollins UK

Describe your role:

I’m currently a communications assistant in the communications team.
My role sees me supporting the comms director by writing press
releases, drafting presentations and helping to run the day-to-day
administration of the department. I also do some marketing work by
managing some of our social media platforms and I help organise a few
in-house events on occasion.

What do you like best about your role?

The pace. Communications is a very fast-paced area to work in, so
I like that the job keeps me on my toes. It’s also very strategic which
has been great for me in terms of shaping the way I approach ideas
and tasks.

Which great new titles and brands are you working on?

I don’t directly work with titles and brands, but I do support publicity
and marketing teams who do. Last year I helped out at the George R R
Martin event and most recently I helped the Children’s team during
David Walliams WhirlWind Tour for World Book Day. I’ve also been
promoting Amelia Freer—whose recent successes are a testament to the
non-fiction team and, of course, Amelia.

Which department do you enjoy most and why?

Comms because it can be a lot of fun and I’ve got a particularly fantastic
director to work for. Each department brings something different though
and I’ve been lucky in that because I’m on a rotational scheme I have
met a lot more people than I would have thought. Non-fiction were
really open and friendly, and comms can be a lot of fun. Children’s,
Legal, HR, Digital—there are some brilliantly talented and kind people
in each and every one of these departments.

What advice would you give those looking to work in the
industry?

Getting your foot in the door can often be the hardest part but once
you’re in, things can get a lot easier. In addition, the role that you
thought you had no interest in might just turn out to be the one you
love if you applied for it. Make sure you know your stuff about the
publishing industry before you go to interviews and when you do, don’t
be afraid to explore those ideas. If people give you their card or say “get
in contact”, do.