Describe Your Role
It’s a split personality role. As Senior Sales Manager, I’m responsible for the sales of our titles in the territories of Scandinavia, Germany, Brazil and the Far East. As Head of Digital, I oversee the development and distribution of our digital publishing list.
What do you like best about your role?
The diversity of it. One day I’ll spend the morning looking at new e-book cover designs for our backlist, and the afternoon negotiating the translation of a children’s series in Vietnam. Plus I get to eat sushi in Tokyo, and feijoada in Sao Paulo.
What new titles are you working on at the moment?
At Michael O’Mara we are currently working on an exciting new art book imprint, LOM Art. Our Colouring for Grown-Ups series has become a world-wide trend so we are developing the line further, with titles on drawing techniques, use of colour, modern art and design, all aimed at inspiring creativity in our readers.
How does Digital translate across International markets?
Market penetration is very different across countries. In Europe, apart from the UK, it’s Germany where readers seem to be embraced e-books the most. In countries like Japan and South Korea, where we expected digital reading to be at the forefront, it’s only really starting to develop now. I believe the subscription model that has taken off in the last couple of months, will bring change in the international markets too.
What advice would you give to someone looking to work in the industry?
Get some work experience, many publishers today offer unpaid internships. But don’t treat it as a chore, even when faced with the thrills of photocopying. Try to be as helpful as you can, and learn as much as possible, people will remember you when there is a new opening at the company, or when you need a glowing recommendation letter.
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