Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management. Today, they continue to nurture fresh thinking in applied fields where they feel they can make a real difference. Caroline Summers has been Head of Book Sales for two years, and we wanted to know what a day in her life is really like.
How did you get ready to start your day?
My alarm went off at 2.30am, I crept around in the dark so as not to wake my husband and dog and then jumped into the car to make the 300 mile commute to the office.
What’s the first thing you did when you started work?
Made a very strong cup of coffee! then set about catching up with my colleagues and clients in the Far East. Making sure I am mindful of time zones I always try to ensure I catch up with colleagues across the world at times that work well for them.
Where did you spend your day?
I spent today in our Head Office in Bingley, West Yorkshire.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
I wouldn’t necessarily say challenging but certainly stretching at times, is getting the right balance of meetings and time spent with the team. As I travel a lot in my role, the time I have in the office is so valuable to me and I want to ensure that I spend that time on tasks that will bring the most value. Whether that be in terms of revenue generated or time spent with my fantastic team.
Who do you work with?
I am responsible for our global books sales as well as translation rights so I am really fortunate to work with a variety of people from every corner of the globe. as well as my colleagues in the office, I work with sales agents, booksellers, distributors and authors. No two days are the same and it brings a real variety to the role.
What did you accomplish?
So looking back on what I accomplished today, it looks a little like a shopping list : 3 translation contracts signed , 2 contracts sent to legal for review, 3 catch up meetings with team members, 10 ad hoc telephone calls, 1 set of minutes read and actions completed, prep for a customer meeting tomorrow, pre-read on several new manuscripts and 1 call with a lovely gentleman who wanted a completely different publisher and to talk about a book I knew nothing about!
What is the best part of your day?
Looking at our sales numbers for January and reading through some of the fantastic new books we have just published. It is so great to see how far we have come with our books programme in such a short period of time.
What did you read?
I am currently looking through the manuscript for one of our spring highlights ‘Autonomous Driving – How the Driverless Revolution Will Change the World’ by Andreas Herrmann and Walter Brenner. Such an amazing thought that something that was once considered fiction will become part of everyday life.
What makes you procrastinate the most?
It is always those contracts that you think are going to be really time consuming with a large number of pages of terms and conditions that often end up going to the middle of the pile. I have discovered though that, in reality, these are usually the most straightforward and I have become rather adept at picking through the noise to identify the salient points.
What’s one lovely thing that’s happened to you today?
One of my colleagues brought in some Darjeeling Chardonnay Tea and some wonderful Anglesey Sea Salted Caramel Truffles which were a perfect way to start the week!
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