A DAY IN THE LIFE OF…. Louise Blakemore by SJV
What does a Sales Executive do?
Well, parts of my job aren’t so glamorous, like filling in in excel spreadsheets and figuring out strategic price promotions with the eBook squad, but I also get to chat with the awesome people that work as our retailers. Talking with other book lovers is a massive plus when it comes to my job, and the great people at Google, iBooks, Amazon and Kobo are more than happy to have a good chat about what we have coming up. We have regular catch ups and I personally look after Google & Overdrive (a library supplier). Another digital customer I get to work with is Audible, they have a great team and a frozen cocktail machine in their head office. I also get to jump into the physical book world by working with Books Etc and Amazon.
As a Team BATC member, I’ve also taken on the @eBooknewsUK twitter. I get to play with photoshop to create some beautiful assets for our titles, as well as interact with bloggers & fellow tweeters to talk about our eBook sales and any action our authors are getting involved in. It’s steadily growing and a real fun part of my job.
Is there such a thing as a typical day, and if so what does it look like?
My day usually starts bleary eyed at 6.25am when I roll out of bed. I jump on a train into the city then decide to either be adventurous by walking through the old inns, which were very familiar to the likes of Charles Dickens, or I battle it out on the underground. I’m usually at work for 8.20am and dig into my emails with the accompaniment of a Pret Caramel Latte – I’m not hardcore enough for black coffee, the sugar calls to me.
Once at work, I spend the day attacking my endless to do list in my fancy pants notebook and attend various meetings about our great list of books. On a really good day, I get to meet the inspiring people who write the books I love, such as Jane Costello, Gillian Anderson, Mike Massimino or Richard Madeley.
My days at work aren’t always the same but that’s what makes it so much fun, there’s always a new challenge.
For the record, if I was a budding debut author, faced with the dreaded blank first page, what would be your top tip to bestseller success?
As someone who is very wary of other people’s opinions, writing a book and showing it to someone would take a lot of courage – I have a lot of respect for authors because of this.
My first instinct and top tip would be to make sure you read a lot of other books in the same genre that you want to write in. It’s good to get inspired, see how other people manage to make readers feel special and hooked to their work, and generally widen your understanding of what’s in the market. Plus reading more is always a good idea.
We’re obsessed with other peoples TBR piles, how high is yours? And do you have 2, one for work books and one for pleasure books?
Endless. Just endless. And I love it.
I read a lot of different genres but my favourites are YA and Romance. I love something that’s written poetically and emotionally. However, I’m trying to read more Thriller and Suspense because we have some cracking titles coming up at S&S HQ that have inspired me to get more involved in that side of literature. I just finished 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough and Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito – both very gripping thrillers told from a teenage girl’s perspective. Next up is Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan for some sunshine in my life, and then I’m hoping to get my mitts on a proof of Christina Lauren’s new Dating You/Hating You.
Have you got a best and worst part of the job?
The best part is the steady stream of great books I get to read and the awesome team here. The worst part is working opposite an amazing pasta restaurant because I now have an addiction to four cheese pasta.
Is there an author you’d sell a limb to work with?
John Green. Nerd Fighters for life.
What book do you most recommend to others?
I will always recommend The Color Purple by Alice Walker, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I also like to recommend John Green’s Looking For Alaska and Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us. I read a lot but these 3 will always be in my top favourites.
And lastly our quick fire trivia round…
Thing you’d never leave home without? A great handbag. You can never have too many bags.
Favourite place to read? Curled up in bed with some Maryland cookies.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Canada, it’s just so beautiful there.
What’s the secret to success? Hard work and never give up.
What’s on your current reading pile? I’m really excited to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas when that comes out in April.
Staying in or Going out? Going out with the girls and hitting the dance floor!
Spring or Autumn? Autumn, the colours are just so pretty and I love a lit fireplace.
Beach break or city break? City adventures to go exploring.
Favourite Literary Hero? Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.
Famous last words? I don’t regret a thing.