1) What do you do at Deanta?
I am an Account Manager, responsible for the production of academic books. I have a team of Project Managers who I support to ensure that titles are delivered on time and meet the publishers’ high standards.
2) What did you do before?
I have worked in publishing for exactly 20 years. Before that I did a double degree in Arts and Science, which gave me a really solid grounding across a very broad range of subjects. This was the perfect preparation for a career in academic publishing, although it wasn’t my intention at the time. I spent a few years travelling the world before I found my calling! I started out as an academic journals copy editor and fulfilled a number of different roles before freelancing for a number of years when my children were small.
3) Describe a typical day at Deanta.
I begin the day by attending to e-mails from clients and discussing schedules with my colleagues. I look after any issues or problems that the Project Managers need help with, including coordination of freelancers, communication with authors and publishers, and adherence to style guides. I monitor e-mails and do spot checks on quality to make sure everything is running smoothly.
4) What do you find most exciting and satisfying about your job?
I get a kick out of meeting deadlines, but the most rewarding part of my job is when an author has a copy of their book in their hands and sends us an e-mail because they are really happy with the finished product. On more than one occasion, I have even received a card to say thank you in the post! It’s also very satisfying knowing that we have made the production process smooth for our clients.
5) What do you find most challenging about your job?
There are many elements that have to come together at the right time for each book, and so many people involved. My biggest challenge is keeping all the players focused on the deadlines and the quality.
6) What inspires you to do what you do?
I love helping people. If publishers and authors are happy with the results we achieve, that makes me happy. I have a deep respect for the work of academics, especially scientists, so facilitating the dissemination of the fruits of their labour is a very worthwhile career in my eyes.
7) What are your hobbies? What do you do outside the office?
I like to watch foreign and independent films, especially documentaries. I am in a book club, I run regularly and I spend a lot of time watching my kids play sport.
8) Can you tell me one fun fact about you?
When I was a child growing up in rural Australia, my favourite pets were chickens, which we called ‘chooks’. It was always my dream as an adult to have chooks again. This year my dream came true when we built a chicken coop in our garden and rescued three battery hens. They are now beloved family pets!