Watkins is a leading publisher of personal development and mind-body-spirit books, offering fresh interpretations on important subjects, old and new. We asked the Rights Manager, Jenna Brown, what it’s like to work for Watkins, who want to make a positive difference in the world.
Anything new happening at the moment?
I’ve just taken on the role of Rights Manager this month, so I’m still settling into the position. We’ll also have a new Rights Executive joining us soon. We also just published a really fantastic book called Reinvent Me by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, which I’m very excited about.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We’ve got a lot of fantastic titles coming up in late 2017 and early 2018, including a new title from best selling author Isabel Losada. Sensation is out in September.
What events will you be going to?
We’ll be attending Frankfurt of course, and also hoping to go to Guadalajara. Next year we’ll be attending LBF and possibly Beijing.
Where would you like to sell rights?
We’d really like to start growing our business in China, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. We have also seen an increase in business with Russia over the past year, which I’d like to continue.
What is it that you like about working for Watkins?
I get to work with a fantastic group of people, and we publish really lovely books that I enjoy reading (and selling!) Our authors have all been fantastic to work with. I like that we publish a wide range of titles and genres. We handle everything from Mind, Body, Spirit, and cookery to Sci Fi and Fantasy novels.
Tell us about your favourite titles.
My two favourite titles at the moment are:
Organizing for Creative People, written by the singer Sheila Chandra (You may remember her from the band Monsoon, and their hit song ‘Ever So Lonely’) , with a forward by Stik, the street artist. This book addresses the unique organizational challenges that artists face and completely blows away the myth that truly creative people are messy and that they need mess in order to create.
Packed by Becky Alexander and Michelle Lake. This cookbook is all about improving the way we eat packed lunches. The recipes are seasonal, healthy, easy to follow, and of course, delicious.