My Job In 5: Sarah Sleath, production and editorial assistant/ publicity and marketing assistant, Swales and Willis/Impress Books

My Job In 5: Sarah Sleath, production and editorial assistant/ publicity and marketing assistant, Swales and Willis/Impress Books

Describe your role

My main role is production and editorial assistant for Swales and Willis, project-managing titles from major academic publishers and seeing them through the production process. My other role is publicity and marketing assistant for Impress Books, creating marketing campaigns and conversation for the books that we publish.

What do you like best about your role?

I love the variety of my daily tasks. Working in both trade and academic publishing requires different approaches and no two days are the same for me. I can be proofreading an academic textbook one day and pitching new books to potential reviewers the next.

What new projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve just organised a blog tour for a book that our digital imprint, Watchword, released in December—interaction between bloggers and publishers is key to gaining the attention of a (wide) reading audience. I’m really looking forward to the launch of our annual Impress Prize for New Writers at the end of January too, and reading all the submissions!

What is it like to work at a small publisher?

Being in a small publisher means we are committed to every title we produce and aim to give it the best exposure that we can. Working so closely with colleagues, it’s easy to share and support ideas, and divide up the workload when it gets busy!


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

Internships/work experience are the best way to learn what area you really enjoy and what duties you will encounter in the industry. Networking with people already in the industry is important too. Joining the Society of Young Publishers was one of the most wonderful things I did, and Twitter is useful in a whole host of ways.