My Job in 5: Suzanne Connelly, Editorial Assistant, Unsung Stories

My Job in 5: Suzanne Connelly, Editorial Assistant, Unsung Stories

Describe your role

My job title is editorial assistant but the role is incredibly varied. Working for a small imprint means that I am also heavily involved in all aspects of our publicity, marketing and sales. I read manuscripts, write copy for blurbs and AI sheets and the website as well as liaising with BookTube and book blogging communities, sending out books for review and, most recently, organising a book launch and blog tour.

What do you like best about your role?

The best thing about my role is the variety of jobs I get to do on a daily basis. I can honestly say that I have never had a boring day at work, which is a dream come true in itself.

Which great new titles are you working on at the moment?

Our latest title, Dark Star by Oliver Langmead, is scheduled for publication in March and blew me away when I first read the manuscript. It’s a mix of science fiction and fantasy, hardboiled detective fiction and epic poetry; unlike anything I’d ever read before. The characters stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

What made you decide on a job in editorial?

I was lucky enough to obtain work experience in both the editorial and publicity departments at Penguin Random House. I loved both, but felt more drawn to the editorial side. The possibility of finding new talent in the slush pile and the opportunity to work directly with authors is something that really excites me.

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

Make the most of your work experience; it’s not just there to build your CV. Take any opportunity you get to learn as much as you can about publishing. Having work experience in a production department doesn’t mean you can’t introduce yourself to the publicity team or have a chat with an editor about the best way into publishing. You’re in a building full of the best people you could ask for advice about your future career—so ask away.