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My Job in 5: Kay Farrell

Kay Farrell works as an Assistant Publisher for Sandstone Press and is our spotlight for this week's My Job in 5.
Written on 11/14/2019 - 16:07

My Job in Five – Kay Farrell

1.            Describe your role.

As Assistant Publisher I manage production processes for the whole list and work hard to keep production on schedule. I also edit five or six books a year and sit on the acquisition panel. It’s a great variety.

2.            What do you like best about your role?

My job offers the best of both worlds in that I get to suggest a book for acquisition and see it all the way through until it is in my hands. I love book delivery day and seeing all the hard work of everyone involved come to life.

3.            Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?

I’m developing the book craft for a narrative non-fiction entitled Gears for Queers about a queer couple taking a cycling tour in Europe. I’m also editing a debut novel called The Actuality which beautifully combines literary and speculative fiction. Both will be out next summer and both are really exciting!

4.            What skills do you need for your role?

I think persistence and persuasion are key, whether negotiating with a printer or trying to get an edit in from an author. You also need an eye for the small details as they are what can elevate a book from good to great.

5.            What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?

My first publishing job was in production and I almost turned it down because I wanted to work in editorial. I took it because I needed paid work and the experience turned out to be invaluable. Keep an open mind and always think transferable skills!