Jack has been with The Quarto Group for 8 months, originally joining through a temporary work agency, and is now working as a Publishing Assistant.
Why did you want to get into publishing?
Books have always been an integral part of my life and I wanted to be involved in making them. Literature has a unique influential capacity that pushes stories and ideas across the globe, ultimately changing the ways in which we think. I want to be a part of shaping the stories that we read, and thus having an influence on the way we develop the future of literature.
What would be your ideal publishing job?
A position preferably in the editorial field, that would allow me to develop great narratives into great books. I want to find the best stories, work with interesting authors and produce the best books. Eventually, my aim is to become a Publisher and be at the head of a progressive team working at the forefront of English literature. If that fails then I’ll settle for being a best-selling author...
What’s your favorite Quarto book?
Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian by Brontë Aurell published by Aurum Press. I had the pleasure of doing a couple of proofs on this title and found myself chuckling throughout. It’s a visually beautiful book and is consistently matched by its witty text. Furthermore, I had the pleasure of attending the book launch at the author’s shop, Scandi Kitchen, and got to sample some real Nordic treats such as reindeer. I am also a big fan of the Frances Lincoln title London Theatres. It is a beautiful presentation of the city’s playhouses and has a wonderful foreword from actor and Oscar winner Mark Rylance.
What do you currently do?
I am a Publishing Assistant, working primarily with the imprints based at Quarto’s Angel office in London. My role includes working on a multitude of editorial tasks for a variety of different imprints and departments, from Aurum Press to Quarto Press. I also have been doing a lot of work for the company’s distribution arm, Quarto Distribution Services (QDS), in a more operational position, making sure that the independent publishers working with us have as few issues as possible in their transition to working with us and our systems.
What’s been your best publishing experience so far?
In terms of individual experiences, I worked on the Quintessence book 1001 Drives You Must Experience Before You Die and received my first credit in the back of a book! To receive a contributor copy, and see my name in print was a great moment and hopefully the first on a long, long list. However, working with David Inman, Managing Director of Quarto Partners, for QDS has been fascinating, especially the work I have been doing with Jolyon Connell, co-founder of The Week and founder of Connell Publishing, in his upcoming series All You Need to Know. Working with people at the top of the company, with books by authors such as Sir Max Hastings, has been an invaluable learning experience and has allowed me to develop relationships with influential people both here at Quarto, and also outside the company.
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