My Job In 5: Sam Eades, Senior commissioning editor/associate publicist, Orion Publishing Group

My Job In 5: Sam Eades, Senior commissioning editor/associate publicist, Orion Publishing Group

Describe your role

I have an unusual role in that I am a publicist and an editor, two jobs in one. As well as putting together PR campaigns, I also commission fiction for the Orion Fiction list and am looking for crime, speculative and reading group fiction for the commercial and literary/commercial markets.

What do you like best about your role?

I love being at the beginning of the process of bringing a book to market. Also, forming working relationships with agents has been fun, lots of great conversations about books we enjoyed.   

What new projects are you working on at the moment?

Currently I’m putting together two big press and media tours for Linwood Barclay and Kate Mosse for the autumn while simultaneously trying to find my first acquisition. 

How did you manage to go interdepartmental?

I was very lucky to have some advice early on in my career from a few senior editors both internally and at other publishers. They were very encouraging, and helped me realise that the skills I have as a publicist are transferable.

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

If you are starting out, I recommend getting a copy of Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht (Piatkus). It has some great advice on how to write a covering letter for internships, how to make the most of your work experience placements and how you go about getting your first job. I wish I’d read it when I was starting out!