Describe your role
As editor in chief, I oversee Amazon Publishing’s fiction imprints and editorial strategy, manage the editorial team in the UK and work closely with our editorial colleagues in the US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. I’m involved in many facets of our business—marketing, publicity, production and design.
What do you like best about your role?
So many things! My colleagues—I work with very smart, passionate and dedicated people with a range of backgrounds and experiences. This and the fact that Amazon Publishing is home to a range of imprints, from thriller to romance, makes working here fun, varied and inspiring. Also, our relationship with authors—authors are at the heart of what we do and we work hard to nurture these relationships. We think carefully about the books we publish. In many ways we operate like a boutique publisher, putting our authors first and keeping them involved every step of the way.
Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just finished the editing of Mark Edwards’ latest thriller The Retreat (out next Spring). It’s stunning and delightfully creepy and really brings together the best of Mark’s writing. I’m also working on the publication of James Maxwell’s fourth book in the Shifting Tide epic fantasy series. James is an incredible storyteller and his world-building is second to none. It’s always such a pleasure to dive back into one of his books. Lastly, I’m very much looking forward to working on Kevin Wignall’s next book. We launched him with A Death in Sweden in late 2015 to global acclaim. We now publish him in three languages besides English. He’s such an accomplished writer and I love how his characters always teeter on the edge of what’s right and wrong.
What skills do you need for your role?
Working for Amazon Publishing requires a combination of editorial know-how and an ability to use data to drive our publishing decisions and deliver success for our authors. Editors here need to have a great eye for talent and a passion for the written word, but also be very commercially minded. I have a great team and my role is to challenge them to think big and make sure we remain focused on building our authors’ careers.
What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Be curious, flexible and open-minded. There is a myriad of interesting roles in publishing—it’s such a broad and complex industry. You learn so much by trying different things (sales, marketing, editorial) and experiencing a range of businesses. This can only make you smarter and better at your job long-term.
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