My first job in publishing came as an operations co-ordinator in the co-editions department of Igloo Books where I first got a taste of the international publishing world. I later moved to Princeton University Press as the rights assistant, before becoming a rights executive and am now the Press’ Senior International Rights Manager. I oversee the International Rights team, and manage PUP’s translation licensing activities across the world, pitching and promoting the books at book fairs such as Frankfurt, London, Beijing, and Guadalajara.
My advice to graduate students interested in a career in publishing is to be open and curious about the different sectors and areas within publishing. The editorial department is most well-known, but there may be other aspects of publishing such as publicity, production or sales which will suit your interests and skills perfectly and which still allow you to engage closely with authors and books. International rights is a more niche area of the business, and not one I knew about when I started my career, however it has given me a wonderfully broad outlook on global publishing and international business, and I found that it was an ideal fit for me.
Princeton University Press' International Rights team, Emma Morgan, Eleanor Smith and I, are hosting a GradFutures Social Impact Fellow for the first time this summer. We've been excited to be involved in the scheme and to help mentor and teach our Fellow all about International Rights at PUP, and in global publishing more broadly.
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