My Job in 5: Sophie Schrey, senior editor, Buster Books

My Job in 5: Sophie Schrey, senior editor, Buster Books

Describe your role

I’m involved in all elements of editorial, from pitching new ideas and commissioning, to supporting editors with their projects and working with the sales, production and communication teams to ensure all is running smoothly at every stage of the publishing process. I also work closely with the art editor to develop LOM Art, our new artist-led imprint.

What do you like best about your role?

I enjoy the variety and pace of my job. Recently, I’ve been focusing on setting up new partnerships, and exploring brand licensing which is something we haven’t done as a company for a while. Most of all I love working with such a talented and creative team, both in house and externally, to make beautiful books.

Which new titles/projects are you working on at the moment?

Buster turns 15 this year, and we’re working on some great new projects to celebrate. I’m excited about The Book of Beasts, a stunning compendium of mythical creatures to colour in and learn about. I’m also working with Kerby Rosanes on his next colouring book, Imagimorphia, as well as a very special partnership for LOM Art … watch this space.

What is special about editing children’s books?

I’m a visual thinker, so for me it’s that combination of illustrations and words, and making them work together in order to create something that engages, stimulates and inspires children. There are only so many core non-fi ction topics, so the challenge is fi nding fresh and exciting ways to bring these to new generations of readers.There’s been a real renaissance in children’s non-fi ction books over the past couple of years, with new and old imprints publishing some beautiful titles. It’s been wonderful to see and special to be a part of.

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

Immerse yourself in the market. Take time to explore bookshops, follow publishers on social media and look out for specialist events. Get as much work experience as you can, including across different departments to get a deep sense of the industry. Research companies before you apply and always tailor your applications.

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