My Job in 5: Nicola Edwards

My Job in 5: Nicola Edwards

Describe your role
I write, edit and help generate ideas for two imprints at the Little Tiger Group. On the Caterpillar side, we make original, interactive novelty books for babies and young children and on the 360 Degrees side, we make unique non-fiction books for older kids, so it’s a really fun and varied job!

What do you like best about your role?
One of the great things about this job is that I get to write books as well as edit them. This means I get to research everything from the workings of the human body to the dreaming habits of animals, and then turn around in the afternoon and write rhymes for baby bedtime books. It’s such a creative job, and I work with an amazing team where everyone’s really passionate about bringing cool ideas to life!

Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on my first acquisition for the 360 imprint, What a Wonderful Word, which is all about untranslatable words from around the world, a cute little bedtime board book called Cuddle Bug and a picture book called Mind Your Manners, which is full of misbehaving animals who need to mend their ways.

What skills do you need for your role?
You have to love dreaming up new ideas and be adaptable when it comes to how they might shape up into a book, and you need to enjoy reading and writing for kids – and respect them as an audience. Kids won’t wade through content if it’s boring, ugly, badly designed or confusing – they make you do your best work at all times!

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Immerse yourself in what’s going on in the area of publishing you’re interested in – read, research and interact with people whose work you love – and don’t be afraid to put yourself and your ideas out there.