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.