My Job in 5: Carly Blake

My Job in 5: Carly Blake

Describe your role
My role is vast and varied. I deputy-manage a fabulous bunch of 14 editors and designers, providing support to the team to get the books made to the highest standards and delivered on schedule. You could say I’m the mechanic for the machine. I also get to work on a range of titles from pop-up books to picture books to beautiful non-fi ction on Templar’s Big Picture Press imprint.

What do you like best about your role?
I love working in a creative environment; it’s exciting. Seeing ideas turn into books is a wonderful thing. Getting to work with so many talented authors and illustrators is also a great perk of the job.

Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
I have just finished working on a picture book called Dino with the talented Diego Vaisberg and I can’t wait to see it published later this year, not least because it’s printing in striking red and blue Pantone colours. For 2018, I’m working with an extraordinary illustrator on a book that gives a unique take on endangered animals, and developing some more mindbending pop-up novelty.

What skills do you need for your role?
A skill that can take time to become fully proficient in—unflappability. Tight organisation and bags of creative thinking go a very long way too. 

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Be bold, be creative and be passionate. Stand out from the crowd—it’s competitive out there, so use your imagination to get noticed. Get on an internship or work experience scheme—there are lots of opportunities available, at Bonnier Publishing and many other publishers, and this might just lead to a job. Read books, visit bookshops, follow social media accounts, read The Bookseller and get as familiar with the industry as you can.