Describe your role
My role is split between working within and outside of the publishing house. rights: I sell rights to translate our books to foreign publishers. At book fairs I showcase our titles, then follow up by negotiating contract conditions and prices via email. After finalising the contracts I send invoices and update our records. bibliographic: I update our data feeds (e.g. Nielsen and Amazon), which contain vital information about our titles, such as ISBN, blurb and cover image. I also help with proofreading and organising records.
What do you like best about your role?
I’m very lucky to be working for an independent publisher, which is small enough to have a single open plan office, so I get to talk personally to my colleagues in charge of editorial, production, sales and marketing. Yet we’re also expanding on a global level. So I have a brilliant overview of all parts of the publishing process, and I feel very much part of the action in our tightly knit team—never like a cog in an indifferent corporate machine.
Which new titles are you working on at the moment?
Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii—a collection of adorably tiny animals and woodland scenery—you can’t help but fall in love with them! Half Yard Heaven by Debbie Shore—hot on the make-do-and- mend trend, showing how to use up fabric scraps in gorgeous new projects.
How did your first frankfurt go?
Amazing, and not as daunting as I thought it would be. the meetings with rights customers were less about haggling over numbers and more about inspiring them by showcasing our new books. there was no pressure to finalise an agreement, though I still had to think on my feet. It’s essentially speed-dating—fast, spontaneous, and all about sparking a connection.
What advice would you give to others looking to work in the industry?
Be open-minded and focus on less competitive, smaller employers. You’ll also learn far more than in large corporations by being a comparatively big fish in a smaller pond.
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