My Job In 5; Lauren Farnsworth, senior editor, Buster Books

My Job In 5; Lauren Farnsworth, senior editor, Buster Books

Describe your role.

I’m involved in so many aspects of editorial, but the main component of my role is to devise new title ideas and develop them with a strong sense of identity. This includes exploring new designs, authors, artists and concepts. I also oversee the work of the rest of the editorial department and support the publishing director.

What do you like best about your role?

I love having the opportunity to be almost endlessly creative. Generating exciting new projects, seeing them through to print and then eventually sitting on a bookshelf is the most gratifying process. One of my favourite things is to see a new piece of artwork pop up in my inbox. It never fails to give me butterflies.

Which new titles are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a beautiful new colouring book called Scandia by Zeena Shah, which will publish in June 2016. Zeena is a textile designer who is particularly influenced by Scandinavian design, and so the book is filled with folk-inspired illustrations of animals and nature.

How did you get into editorial?

I actually came from an art and design background. I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College, but took an elective course in creative writing. It was then that I knew I wanted to combine my love of art and words. After I graduated I started sending off letters to every London publisher I could, asking for work experience and internships. I landed a position proofreading everything from children’s craft books to cookery, and they kept me on permanently.

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

You need persistence, a real knowledge of the market and creative flair. It helps to get as much work experience as possible in the area of editorial you want to pursue. In the meantime, immerse yourself in books, book events and culture. Aim to impress people with your scope of knowledge and willingness to learn.