“Like many young people at independent publishers she is doing much more than her simple job title suggests” … “She does her job terrifically well in a part of the industry that is usually unsung” … “Brings something unique and significant to Nosy Crow” … “Builds on her impressive successes every year.”
These are some of the glowing comments from the judges of the IPG’s Independent Publishing Awards about Ola Gotkowska, rights manager at Nosy Crow. Ola has been shortlisted for the Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award a record four times—a remarkable achievement at a time when there is so much young talent in independent publishing. In April, she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which is degenerative and currently incurable.
Nosy Crow managing director Kate Wilson writes: Around this time last year, Ola was in South Korea as a guest speaker at a publishing conference, and wheeling 23kg of proofs and dummies round Seoul for a series of rights meetings. Today, she’s struggling to walk unaided, her grip is weak, and her speech is slurred.
George Harris, Ola’s partner of eight years, has launched an appeal to help her with costs associated with medication and treatments to alleviate symptoms and, it is hoped, slow down the progress of the disease.
To watch this brutal disease take its toll on anyone is horrible. But Ola is young and showed such extraordinary promise—something that was acknowledged by her four Young Independent Publisher of the Year shortlistings at the IPG’s Independent Publishing Awards. She has been my witty, opinionated, charming, tough, clever desk-neighbour for six years, overseeing extraordinary growth in Nosy Crow’s rights and co-edition business. We are so proud of her, and so grateful to have the support of the stellar organisation, the Book Trade Charity, in helping to raise money for medication and treatments that are not, or not yet, available on the NHS. We really hope that people will want to help her, and she draws so much courage and comfort from the kindness of friends and colleagues.