Describe your role.
I actually have two jobs and my working week is split 50/50 between two publishers¾both based in South County Dublin. I work in Marketing and Development for Books Ireland magazine and also take care of Publicity and Marketing for New Island Books.
What do you like best about your role?
Working in a small, independent company you get involved in many aspects within the life cycle of a book or magazine. From production and publicity, to coordinating events and working closely with authors, I enjoy how each day is different. I am certainly never bored ¾there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!
Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
We just launched a new website for Books Ireland which has been a lot of fun: www.booksirelandmagazine.com. I’ve also been busy meeting with editors and festival directors to discuss New Island’s forthcoming Autumn list and to propose authors for events and readings.
What skills do you need for your role?
The ability to adapt and react quickly to new challenges is essential. No day is ever the same and being flexible is a key element of my job. Taking the time to meet people in person and culitvate relationships also goes a long way. The Irish book world is small and it’s worth getting to know the people you are working with.
What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Keep reading! Finding time to read purely for pleasure can be a challenge. There is always a manuscript or a new key book waiting to be read but prioritise keeping your love of books alive and you won’t go wrong. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere and while you likely won’t make millions working in publishing, you will meet and work with wonderful, inspiring people¾not to mention all the books you can eat...