My Job In 5: Rebecca Tomlinson, senior editorial assistant, Policy Press

My Job In 5: Rebecca Tomlinson, senior editorial assistant, Policy Press

Describe your role

I work closely with our commissioning editors on developing new projects and overseeing the delivery and reviewing stages. I’m the first port of call for authors if they have any queries and it’s my job to make sure everything comes in on time, so it’s really important that I build a good rapport with them.

What do you like best about your role?

The best bit about my job is seeing something you’ve worked really hard on from an initial idea in its final form. It’s so satisfying to see a book arrive on your desk once it is published—especially if the cover looks great!

Which new titles are you working on at the moment?

I’m really excited about a new title due in early 2017 called The Rise of the Right from Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell. It’s going to be so topical and hopefully a massive hit. I’m also excited about two forthcoming books from American authors Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlewaite. They’re really exciting authors and I can’t wait to see the final books.

Was working in editorial your first choice?

Yes! I’ve always wanted to be a commissioning editor so working in the editorial department was my first choice. I think editorial is a great place to work as it’s so varied in terms of the job description.

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

Keep on persevering! As an assistant I think that it can, at times, feel like you’re not appreciated or that what you’re doing doesn’t really matter, but it does. If you always try your hardest to go the extra mile then it won’t go unnoticed.

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