Swoon Spotlight: Kerry N.

As part of our ongoing effort to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of publishing, we are bringing you: Swoon Spotlight! This week we are featuring Kerry N., a Swoon Reads staff member who has volunteered her time, energy, and enthusiasm to the imprint—while still being amazing at her regular job!

What is your official title?
VP, Rights Director.

Briefly describe your job?

How long have you been in your current position?
Over 14 years with Macmillan and worked my way up from an assistant.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Selling books to foreign publishers, pitching to them and making them HAVE to read a book in a 3 minute pitch, is the best part of my job.

What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Tons of administrative work that doesn’t leave time for the good stuff!

Common misconceptions about book publishing.
That it is SUPER glamorous.

An illustration drawn for me by an artist at my first Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

If you could have any other job in book publishing for one day, what would it be?
Designing jackets. How fun, and terribly annoying when everyone didn’t like it. But so creative.

What’s a book you wish you’d worked on?
Not so much worked on, but I wish I could be an illustrator. I wish I had that talent and could watch little ones’ faces as they see a magical book for the first time.

Funniest way you’ve heard a friend or family member describe your job?
Oh, no one has a clue what I do. I think a lot of people think that I speak like 20 languages as I work mostly with foreign clients.

What did you study in school?
I majored in English and minored in Political Science.

Do you use your degree in your current job?
I think that I could have majored in anything really, but the English part of my degree made my love for books run deeper, and that certainly helps.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Oh, I’ve had LOTS of jobs throughout the years. My first real job was making homemade chocolate chip cookies for a local deli in my hometown. I wanted a sea foam green ten speed bike and I had to get the money for it. So every morning I would make like 20 big size cookies and go down to the store and sell them. I did it the whole summer and got my bike money! My mom took over the job when I went back to school and added peanut butter cookies to the mix and sold to another two stores in the area. She put my sister through college with them! It was called Kerry’s Kookies.

How did you get into publishing?
I applied for a marketing job here on Monster.com, and I was brought in to interview for that position and he recommended me for the Rights job.

What made you want to be involved with Swoon Reads?
It’s a fantastic concept. New and innovative, and gives writers such a chance at becoming an author, not just a writer.

What’s your favorite genre of romance?
I like contemporary, funny romance.

What’s the first romance you ever read?
I read a ton of VC Andrews and Sweet Valley High growing up. I have seriously refined taste. HA!

What do you like most about working with books for young adults?
To see the way a book can be swept away into popularity that is beyond anything anyone could have imagined. It’s great to see books do that, and I think that Y.A. really lends itself to that.

What does your desk look like on any given day?
I am moderately neat.

What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Live as hard and fast as you can in your teens and 20s. You hit 30 and everything stops working!! :)

The view from my office window.

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