1 What is your job title and company? And roughly how many people work for your company?
Founder and editor of Fair Acre Press. It’s just me here—so every hat fits my head!
2 What are your qualifications and working background, and when and how did you take on your current job?
I have an MBBS, MRCGP and BA (Hons) in Ceramics. I trained and worked as a GP for many years, then did a degree in ceramics. I fell into publishing by mistake when I ran a project that culminated in Shropshire Butterflies, a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire, and discovered the joy of creating a beautiful book!
3 What does your average working day entail?
It is extraordinarily varied. Discussions with authors, cover designers, representation, creating AI sheets, a lot of computer time and learning the trade as I go along. I’m also a poet and perform with an astrophysicist, poet and musician in e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g: The History of the Universe in 45 Minutes; run a poetry-writing project called Maligned Species, and write poems for a herbal blog called Roots to Health
4 What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety, the learning and the work I’m publishing.
5 What achievements are you most proud of?
All the publications—including the five coming out in 2016.
6 What are your biggest challenges?
Funding, time constraints and reaching new audiences.
7 What have you experienced in your job and publishing that you didn’t expect?
Such deep friendships and kindnesses from some extremely busy people.
8 What is the best thing about working for an independent publisher?
I’m my own boss. So even the most mundane job is fuelled from the passion that I believe in the authors and books I am creating.
9 How do you switch off from your work?
Good food, walks, and mindless telly!
10 What advice would you give anyone wanting to start or progress a career in publishing?