My Job in 5: Natalie Baker, development editor, IglooBooks

My Job in 5: Natalie Baker, development editor, IglooBooks

Describe your role.

I work as development editor and am fortunate to be a part of a wonderful team on the adult list. Our work is collaborative by nature, but there is a huge emphasis on project management and overseeing projects from research through to completion.

What do you like best about your role?

My job is incredibly varied due to the vast amount of titles going through at any given time. I could spend the morning briefing image agencies and freelances on new projects and spend the afternoon writing back-cover copy and editing recipe after recipe.

Which great new titles are you working on?

I’m very proud of our new cookbook on sweet making, which is part of a new series, Down Memory Lane. I did a huge amount of research on sugar tempering and processes with gelatin and had a lot of fun selecting the photography for the interiors. The design work looks great. I was able to be really creative with this project, which was inspiring.

How do you spot new opportunities for your list?

I’m always on the look out for new cookery titles that are original and accessible. These elements are key—Igloo is a mass-market publisher, so the focus is on value and affordability. As a team we often share ideas and discuss any books that appeal to us. There may be a cover that is particularly striking or a cookbook with beautiful, fresh interiors.

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

I’m not a huge advocate of unpaid internships. However, if this is a viable option for you then it’s a good way to start. If you want to work in editorial then read everything you can get your hands on. There are many things you can do in the meantime—attend proofreading courses or write for your local newspaper. Think outside the box and this will come through in that all-important interview.