My Job in 5: Pardy Dhillon, Editorial assistant, Taylor & Francis

My Job in 5: Pardy Dhillon, Editorial assistant, Taylor & Francis

How would you describe your role?

I work on a broad list of titles, alongside four other editorial assistants, which ranges from early years to academic and professional level.

What is the best thing about your role?

My role is versatile and crucial throughout the book development process, starting with the proposal being submitted to the commissioning editor. At Routledge, we rely heavily on peer reviewers who work within the educational sector and are direct consumers of Routledge books. Over the course of a month, I manage between fi ve to 10 proposals at a time.

Describe the process of working on new titles

At contract stage, authors are normally given six to 12 months to complete the manuscript and it is within this time frame that I work closely alongside them. For me, it is this stage in the process that is most enjoyable. I take pleasure in building professional relationships with my authors and exploring the different avenues within their subject matter. The last stage requires me to administer the fi nal manuscript. During a month, I can receive between fi ve to 15 manuscripts at a time, which requires suffi cient project management.

What motivates you in your role?

I'm often motivated by books that I would personally recommend to teachers, having previously worked within the educational sector as a secondary school English teacher myself. Above all, to receive an acknowledgement in a book from an author is a unique experience that certainly makes the role all the more rewarding.

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

It is incredibly satisfying to browse through a book and refl ect on the stories. To me, the fi nal book has already started its journey well before it has even reached the bookshelves. Nothing is fi ction. This is what makes my role as editorial assistant so rewarding; it consolidates my experiences, it reinforces my passion and it is the reason why I support and dedicate myself to publishing.

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