Describe your role
I am the editor of Jacaranda Books Art Music, which means I commission new titles, edit them alongside our publisher and handle the production process. I communicate with authors and third parties and make sure our projects stay on schedule.
What do you like best about your role?
Working in a small publishing house is a delight because you get to do a bit of everything. I love being able to discover new and raw talents and take them all the way to the final printing stage. Our ethos is to promote diversity in every possible form; this leads us to commissioning books that are very different from each other, while still fitting together under the Jacaranda umbrella.
Which new titles are you working on at the moment?
I am working on several projects, including a collection of science fiction short stories by acclaimed author Courttia Newland, the biography of Evelyn Dove, the first black cabaret queenby historian Stephen Bourne and a delightful political satire from a début Nigerian author, Anietie Isong.
Why is promoting diversity in books so important?
An increasingly large part of the British and Irish audience has trouble finding stories they can relate to, because most protagonists tend to be white and middle-class. We are lucky to live in a very diverse country, in every sense of the term. To us, culture should reflect society.
What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Learn as much as you can about the market and how publishing actually works. Follow trends, talk to publishers, keep an open mind, be unafraid to bring new ideas to the table and don’t give up.
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