Like many university English majors, I started my undergraduate degree assuming I’d go into teaching after graduation. I’d had the foresight to study French as a minor and thought I’d be a shoe-in as a French teacher. Thankfully, about half way through my degree, I wised up and realized I’d make a horrific teacher.
It all began with a tweet
Around the same time I was overhauling my future, I discovered via Twitter that one of my favourite poets had just signed a book deal. I quickly looked up his publisher and sent off a private tweet to his editor, laying myself at her feet, exclaiming that if she ever needed anyone to do anything, I’d be her girl. So after some emails back and forth, this editor on the west coast of Canada hired me to be a Jill-of-all-trades, sight unseen. I’ll never forget the leap of faith she took in hiring me.
A European adventure
After working for her for a few years both during and after my undergraduate, I decided I needed to commit to a life in publishing and so I headed to the U.K., to do an M.A. in publishing at University College London. This was followed by brief stints in HarperCollins UK’s children’s foreign rights department, Penguin UK’s Puffin marketing department, and across departments at Head of Zeus Books. With my new degree and work experiences in hand and after a whirlwind European tour, I returned to Canada and was extremely lucky to find a spot at Westwood Creative Artists. I’m now executive assistant to Bruce Westwood and foreign rights associate.