Sales Executive, Prestel Publishing
How would you describe your role?
I look after the relationships with our sales representatives and distributed publishers – many of whom are internationally based and handle any sales enquiries or orders.
What is the best thing about your role?
By working in such a small team I am able to learn about the entire book publishing process, from the proposal stage and editorial, to the print production and event launches. I have even been involved in the process of choosing the fi nal book jackets and titles.
Which great titles are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on the spring 2014 list. Make Your Own Luck, by the incredibly talented Kate Moross is a personal favourite – every illustration jumps off the page. Another book, the new David Lynch catalogue, The Factory Photographs, is published alongside The Photographers’ Gallery Exhibition. The images are cinematic and beautiful.
Which skills do you think are specifi c to sales support roles in publishing?
Strong organisational skills are very useful to have, as you are not only working on daily tasks and projects, but monthly and annual tasks too. You also have to be a very good communicator, dealing with so many people each day. Also, having an eye for detail helps you out.
What advice would you give to people looking to work in the industry?
Working in a bookshop is a good grounding, getting involved in author events, social media or offering to write reviews. Twitter, Linked-In and blogging help with networking. Generally, be positive, proactive and seek experience wherever possible.