As you’ve seen, I’ve been posting interviews with a bunch of awesome ladies. I thought it was high time I posted an “interview” with myself, and let you peek behind the curtain of this blog!
What do you do for a living?
I’m the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Trade titles at Oxford University Press Canada. Essentially, everything that isn’t a textbook, K-12, ESL, or modern language book is mine!
What drove you to publishing?
My background is in theatre, but it’s not exactly the most stable of professions. I wanted to find something that still allowed me to be creative and help bring projects to life. So I switched from scripts to books, and here I am!
What are some things you love about your job and your work?
I’m the only one on my team in Canada, so I have quite a lot of freedom and responsibility. My job description is constantly changing and I get to try new things all the time, as well as work with both big companies like Amazon and small ones like independent bookstores.
What do you think is the most difficult part about your work?
The same things that make my job great can also make it really challenging. I have a lot of freedom, but I also have to take on some pretty big challenges on my own. Taking on new projects is fun, but it can be lonely to troubleshoot things on your own.
Is there anything you’re working on right now that you want to share? Any exciting industry trends we should be aware of?
Print is in, baby (she said from her online blog)! While I still appreciate the convenience of ebooks when I’m travelling, ebook sales have actually flatlined, and print is on the rise. Ebooks were supposed to be the death knell of the printed book, but it’s just not the case.
We saw a lot of independent bookstores close when Amazon and Indigo became popular, but the indies are actually starting to re-open. People are starting to gravitate back to bookstores in their communities that cater to their interests and have knowledgeable staff. Personalized recommendations from a bookstore owner tend to be more accurate than those coughed up by Amazon’s algorithms.
This interview 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)?
I’m fortunate that I’ve always felt very supported by my colleagues. Of course, I see instances where my decisions are questioned by external contacts when they see my name on the email, but accepted when a male colleague is involved. It always seems to take that much more work to be taken seriously if you’re a woman.
Bonus question: What are you currently reading/do you want to recommend a book to the world?
The toughest question of all! I just finished a couple of books that I quite enjoyed – The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel, and The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. Two great Canadian novelists!