This week we speak to Jessica Mullen, the Marketing Executive in charge of marketing our Education books (among other lists) to the Americas. Jessica is based in our New York office and manages to squeeze in enjoying NYC life after a busy day of conference preperation, catalogue editing and review requests.
1. What do you do on a typical day?
I usually start with fresh pressed juice to give me the energy and nutrients I need for a busy day! What I do on a typical day changes depending on the time of year and what week of the month it is. In academic publishing, our schedules center on the academic school year. This summer, I’ve just finished working on a subject catalog. Throughout the year I am regularly preparing for conferences, handling review requests, creating and sending out emails, reaching out to authors, and creating other marketing materials.
2. What’s your favourite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is traveling for conferences throughout the year. Not only do I get to visit and explore cities I’ve never been to before, but I also get to meet and talk to our authors, other academics, and fellow exhibitors from other publishing houses. I also really enjoy working at our booth, setting up the exhibit, talking about the books we sell and seeing which books people end up purchasing. I always come away feeling like I learned a lot and depending on how many books I sold, or desk and examination requests I received, I feel satisfaction after a successful conference.
3. What do you least like about your job?
Honestly, one of my least favorite things is working on titles across a wide range of subjects and not having enough time to read all of the ones that interest me. But there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.
4. What’s your current favourite after-work activity?
Besides reading and working on the time altering technology to allow me to read everything? Oh, fine. There are always fun things to do in New York City such as going to dinner with friends, going to a concert or event, or exploring something new in my neighborhood. I also try to go to the gym after work after sitting at my desk all day. Cubicle life can be hard sometimes!
5. Did you always want to work in publishing?
Other than my aspirations in first grade to be the first female president (had nap time not interfered with my debate prep, I still think I would’ve had a shot…), I actually have always wanted to work in publishing. Growing up I always loved to read, and I decided that I needed a job that let me work with books all day. Turns out, that job was publishing, so here I am.
Come by next month to hear from Elizabeth White, Academic Rights Manager who negotiates translation rights deals for our academic books.