What has been the most challenging aspect of your role so far?
The most challenging part was working to a deadline while trying to decide on a good title. You’re pressed for time because both the designer and the marketing team need it, and it seems as though the process should be simple – it’s not simple! We spent weeks analysing the themes of the book and brainstorming names to see if we could find something that complemented the plot.
What lessons have you learned throughout the process?
The biggest lesson I’m learning right now is the difference between soft and hard deadlines – you have to make sure you set people up with softies so that you have buffer time. You also have to trust that people will get their work in – we're all adults! Sometimes life happens, but the team can always pick up the slack if they need to, and everyone is happy in the end.
What has been the most rewarding part of your role?
The most rewarding part of this experience is that I get to produce a novel and put something real out into the world. I'm really excited about seeing the finished product on the shelves and being like – 'My team did that!'