This week I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Valentina D’Aliesio. She’s the Ancillaries Coordinator at Oxford University Press Canada. It’s a very busy job, so if anyone needs project management or organization tips, you should hit her up!
What exactly is an Ancillaries Coordinator?
I am responsible for the coordinating and editing of the supplemental material that comes along with textbooks – manuals, guides, test banks, and all that fun stuff!
How long have you been in your role?
I’ve been working with ancillaries since September of this year, but I’ve been with OUP since 2014 starting out as an editorial assistant.
How did you get into your job?
I’ve always loved books and wanted to work closely with them! At first, I studied journalism in university and worked for various outlets but quickly learned the freelancer life was not for me. I enjoyed editing much more than writing, which led me to enrol in the Humber publishing course. After completing the program and gaining experience in both trade and academic publishing, I wound up at OUP!
What’ s the best part of your job?
I love that I get to work on something new every day – there is not a moment when I’m short for work. It’s fast-paced and hardly ever boring. I am also lucky to work with some of the kindest and smartest co-workers you could ask for. I learn something new from the people around me every day.
What about the hardest part?
I have a high number of projects on the go at any given time, so making sure they all stay on schedule can be a challenge.
This series is about working women. Have there ever been times when being a woman has affected how you do your job (for better or worse)?
Having worked in an industry dominated by women for a number of years now, I’ve been fortunate enough to develop strong professional relationships with many talented and inspiring women. Having such strong female support and friendship early on in my career has been such a positive influence in my day-to-day working life!
Do you have any advice for any other women who want to get into publishing?
I will dish out advice I received in my publishing course – network! You have to network early on. Attend publishing events, book launches, etc. with classmates and introduce yourself. Know the presses, the editors, and do your homework. Publishing in Toronto is a pretty small industry – you will cross paths with the same people over and over again. Make them remember you.
Bonus question: What are you currently reading/do you want to recommend a book to the world?
I just picked up The Power by Naomi Alderman – it won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, so I’m expecting good things!