Swoon Spotlight: Liz J.

From left to right, Coworker Jen Golding, R.L. Stine, and Liz J. pose for a picture at Book Expo America in May 2014.

From left to right, Coworker Jen Golding, R.L. Stine, and Liz J. pose for a picture at Book Expo America in May 2014.

What is your title?

National Accounts Assistant

How long have you been in your current position?

A year and a half.

Briefly describe your job.

I assist the Senior Director of Macmillan Children’s Sales and account managers representing Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Scholastic Book Fairs, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor. I generate sales reports, comparative titles, and presentations, and compile and analyze data to situate titles within the marketplace and assess the value of promotion.

What is your favorite part about your job?

Working with smart, fun people who are passionate about books!

What’s your least favorite part of your job?

Unpacking boxes full of samples from China.

proposalWhat do you think is the most common misconception about book publishing?

It is accurately portrayed in movies like Elf and The Proposal.

What made you want to be involved with Swoon Reads?

I love seeing the raw material coming in from inspired people, even if they don’t have agents or another means to get their manuscripts to a big publishing house.

What did you study in school?

English and Psychology

Do you feel like you use your degree in your current job?

Definitely! Literature + Child Development = children’s books!

What’s the funniest way you’ve heard a friend or family describe your job?

Looking at pictures of animals and fuzzy touch-and-feel bunnies all day.

If you could have any other job in book publishing for one day, what would it be? Why?

Editor of an author/title I admire – I want to be in the head of that person while they work through their creative process.

What do you like most about working with books for young adults?

They’re fun to read! They can be compelling, entertaining, romantic, and fulfill your fantasies, and still have literary worth!

What does your desk and/or office look like on any given day?

Stacked high with papers/books and surrounded by boxes of samples to be distributed.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Babysitting a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and a dog when I first moved to the city and didn’t know my way around or how to change a diaper.

What’s a book you wished you worked on?

Harry Potter. Obviously.

ellaWhat was the first romance you ever read?

Ella Enchanted – it was my transition from magical to romantic plots.

How did you get into book publishing?

I have always loved to read and knew I wanted to be a part of that process. Then, I combined English and Psychology in school to do research on children’s books and moral development. It turns out what we do really does make a difference!

What’s your favorite genre of romance?

Contemporary, star-crossed. I want the couple to beat all odds to be together. And I want to be able to believe it could happen to me.

What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Create a journal in which you write down everything you read. I wish I could remember all of the books I’ve read in my life.

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