Aneesa Mirza has been with Quarto for a year. She started as Sales Assistant and is now Key Accounts Executive in our UK Sales team.
Why did you want to get into publishing?
I loved writing as well as reading and wanted to be involved in the process of these two things that I’ve always enjoyed. Publishing, through the books and interesting people you meet, allows you to constantly learn and that for me was important when deciding what I wanted to do as a career.
What is your publishing ambition?
I want to continue being passionate about the books I’m working with. I want to be able to see the success of a book or a brand that I’ve worked on or championed from the beginning.
What’s your favorite Quarto book?
The Flexible Vegetarian published by Frances Lincoln, I think it’s a genius idea and it’s the first cookbook that I’ve seen like this. The Flexible vegetarian offers the reader recipes that are either completely meat free as well as recipes containing meat and enables people to be more flexible with their diet choices. The layout and design is really neat, it’s not only a great editorial idea but the presentation is also great.
What do you currently do?
I work in the UK Sales team. When I started my job at Quarto, I was UK Sales Assistant where I assisted the Adult Sales Director and Children’s Sales Director. I prepared presentations, sales kits and buyer’s grids for their key accounts and was the main point of contact for general sales enquiries. Since then, I’ve been promoted to Key Account Executive where I look after my own accounts. I also volunteer as events manager for the SYP, the Society of Young Publishers. I help to organise and arrange event to get aspiring publishers in to the publishing industry.
What’s been your best publishing experience so far?
Being able to attend my first sales conference – an internal meeting where Publishers present their upcoming lists to the entire sales force – gave me a great overview and understanding of the selling process. Also, hearing about the books for the first time from people who have been working on the titles for a long time – publishers and authors.
What’s the best thing about working at Quarto?
The friendly people! In our team, I’m lucky to work with people who I really get on with and it makes being at work fun.
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