Lusana Taylor – Publishing Assistant
I came to Choc Lit as an intern but have been working in the role of publisher’s assistant for nearly half a year. Before getting a job at Choc Lit, I worked in a bookshop for five years. I have a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in Publishing Studies.
A lot of people are under the impression that publishers sit around reading books all day…well, that’s not exactly the case at Choc Lit. We sit around reading books AND eating chocolate!
I’m joking. There is far more to working at Choc Lit than that (although we DO eat a fair bit of chocolate. My ever-expanding waistline is a testament to this). My role as a publisher’s assistant is very varied and that’s what I enjoy so much about working here.
I run Choc Lit’s Twitter and Facebook accounts (so when you see a tweet from Choc Lit, you’ll know who’s behind it), deal with submissions and am also involved in the editorial and production side of the company, which means a lot of the time I DO actually sit around reading books all day…but that’s because I’m proofing them, which is a often a very different experience from straightforward reading for pleasure (unless you’re the kind of person who enjoys checking for consistency of hyphenations!)
Choc Lit have an array of exciting titles planned for 2013 and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the early stages of their production. In March we release Out of Sight Out of Mind by Evonne Wareham. Evonne has previously won two awards for her debut novel Never Coming Home and her new book looks set to be just as successful. Out of Sight Out of Mind is a paranormal thriller filled with racy suspense, mind reading and a host of dangerous characters, all offset by a passionate romance story.
Our April release is A Stitch in Time by Amanda James. Amanda’s debut novel is wonderfully quirky and perfect for fans of Doctor Who. The story follows Sarah Yates as she travels back in time to such far-flung places as wartime Britain and the American West under the instruction of the very irresistible and enigmatic John Needler. A Stitch in Time is a light, funny, often touching novel and definitely one to add to your TBR pile if you’re looking for a truly unique read.
Then there is the fabulous The Wedding Diary by Margaret James, which is released in May. The Wedding Diary is Margaret’s first contemporary novel with Choc Lit, but keen-eyed readers who enjoyed her previous books will catch the link to her historical trilogy in this modern-day romance. I can guarantee that this story is just as sparkly and vibrant as its front cover!
Of course, these are not our only titles this year. We have plenty more fantastic books coming out throughout 2013, including new novels from Jane Lovering, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Harris, Henriette Gyland and Margaret Kaine.
2013 will also bring a series of exciting firsts for Choc Lit, as we branch out into YA in August with New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay under a new imprint- Choc Lit Rocks. August will furthermore see the launch of a promising new debut, in the form of Beneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor, which will no doubt add a hint of Irish charm to our list!
We are also thrilled to be publishing a novel by our first Australian author, Beverley Eikli, this year. Beverley won our Search for an Australian Star competition in 2012 and her regency romance, The Reluctant Bride, will come out in September. In addition, we will be celebrating the release of Close to the Wind by our first Kiwi author, Zana Bell in October.
All in all, a busy and exciting year ahead for Choc Lit, and I’m looking forward to being involved in every part of it!
Thank you to Book Chick City for inviting me to take part in their UK Publisher Month.
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