What is your role at the agency?
I’m a Rights Agent, handling translation rights to several territories across Europe and Asia.
How did you get into Publishing?
Good timing and persistence. After emailing a lot of publishers, I managed to get a short stint of work experience (2 weeks) in the Rights Department at Bloomsbury Publishing during my degree. I then spent a year studying in Spain and did another short placement of 6 weeks at a small Barcelona based publisher (also after lots of emailing!). Following graduation, I was lucky enough to be contacted by the Bloomsbury rights team who got in touch with me to let me know that a Rights Assistant position had opened, and they wanted me to interview for the role. This was my first job in publishing, and a brilliant introduction into the world of foreign rights. I was there for a couple of years before wanting to take the next step and it’s then I came to Darley Anderson, where I’ve been since early 2019.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of the job is meeting people from all over the world – and the opportunity to travel. Exploring and learning the intricacies and nuances of not just the global publishing industry, but also of different cultures is what makes rights so exciting for me.
What do you look for in a book?
I love a joyful rom-com or a distractingly good thriller. I want to be thinking about it all the time, trying to steal moments where I can read or listen. And I look for strong characters – doesn’t matter if I like them!
What’s on your “to be read list”?
I’ve got a big stack by my bed, a long audiobook wish list and several titles on my Kindle. My next title from each “pile” is Yinka, Where is your Husband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, Tell No One by Harlen Coben and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (late to the party, I know!).
Go to reading snack?
Controversial choice, twiglets.
Book you’re most looking forward to reading?
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
What book do you wish you could read again for the first time?
Riders by Jilly Cooper
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