Publishing is often seen as a mysterious establishment where books seem to miraculously appear from behind closed doors. So, we thought that we'd give you a little insight into what goes on in the world of publishing and Piatkus. Each month, a different member of the team will write a short piece about their day, what they get up to and the challenges that they face.
To start us off, Tim Whiting, our Non-Fiction Publishing Director for Piatkus, Little, Brown and Abacus, has revealed what he gets up to in a day at work. . .
A Day in the Life of. . .a Publishing Director
Thursday 24 March began at 8am with a read through of the final draft of a manuscript. As the book is a TV tie-in, we’re publishing it on a schedule that’s much quicker than usual. Normally I’d be reading the final draft of a manuscript around nine months before publication! Once I had finished, and reviewed the notes that I’m passing on to the editor working on the book, I left the office to head to a local café for lunch with an author to chat about ideas for his next book. It was a full and wide-ranging discussion and by the end of it we both felt we had a few ideas to work with. The next step will be for him to talk to his agent and we agreed to continue the conversation over email.
Back at the office after lunch, I caught up on emails for around 40 minutes. Then I had a quick phone call with a literary agent about some of the submissions he is preparing to send out just before the London Book Fair, which is taking place in a couple of weeks. The weeks leading up to the book fair are some of the busiest of the year. Not only do the literary agents save a lot of their big books for this time of year, all of the international rights directors from overseas publishers come to London selling their rights too. It’s an incredibly invigorating, exhilarating event in the calendar and a great opportunity to compare notes with colleagues from around the world about our respective book markets.
Then, at around 3pm I headed off to another significant event, especially for Piatkus – the Vitality Show (the UK's largest health, beauty and wellbeing event). One of next year’s key authors for us – Nicola Bunting – gave a brilliant talk about understanding personality types in the workplace. And Patrick Holford talked later in the day about the Feel Good Factor, his latest bestseller.
After Nicola’s talk I headed home, with my blackberry keeping me company. That’s not as depressing as it sounds as there was plenty of good news coming through. One email stood out. Word of mouth is not easy to come by but it there are signs that it is growing for This is Not the Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson, which we publish on 7 April [Click here if you’re interested in reading more about the book]. Happily, the book’s editor, Claudia Dyer, had sent through some good news. More anon…