My Job In 5 : Justine Gold, Graduate trainee, HarperCollins

My Job In 5 : Justine Gold, Graduate trainee, HarperCollins

How would you describe your role?
My role is particularly dynamic. As a graduate trainee, I rotate around the company, working in adult fiction, children’s, sales, digital, learning and non-fiction. I have recently been working across editorial and marketing in adult fiction and children’s.

What’s the best thing about your role?
Rotating around the company means that I gain an insight into almost every part of the business. As I move from one department to the next, I am gaining an understanding of how one part of the business can impact upon another, and how they come together to create the final product and come up with a successful plan for its publication.

Which books are you working on?
I am currently working on the 10th anniversary edition of How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers, along with several of our backlists within HarperCollins Children’s. I have also recently worked with The Borough Press, working across all titles, including Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall.

Which area do you see yourself settling in?
It’s early on in the graduate scheme and my feelings are still subject to change, but right now I would like to settle in adult fiction with the hope of becoming an editor within the next five years. The Borough Press offered me a chance to work with amazing new talent on brilliant literary fiction with a commercial edge – an imprint like this would be ideal for me.

What advice would you give to someone looking to work in the industry?
Get some experience in different roles within a number of publishing houses. It’s not just about a passion for reading—gaining an understanding of the processes involved in publishing, from reading and acquiring a submission through to getting it out on the shelves, is fundamental to anyone looking to work in the industry. Have an open mind about the developing role of digital in the publishing industry and be willing to adapt to this in order to be successful in the industry.