Swoon Spotlight: Liz J.
What is your title?
National Accounts Assistant
A year and a half.
I assist the Senior Director of Macmillan Children’s Sales and account managers representing Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Scholastic Book Fairs, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor. I generate sales reports, comparative titles, and presentations, and compile and analyze data to situate titles within the marketplace and assess the value of promotion.
Working with smart, fun people who are passionate about books!
Unpacking boxes full of samples from China.
It is accurately portrayed in movies like Elf and The Proposal.
I love seeing the raw material coming in from inspired people, even if they don’t have agents or another means to get their manuscripts to a big publishing house.
English and Psychology
Definitely! Literature + Child Development = children’s books!
Looking at pictures of animals and fuzzy touch-and-feel bunnies all day.
Editor of an author/title I admire – I want to be in the head of that person while they work through their creative process.
They’re fun to read! They can be compelling, entertaining, romantic, and fulfill your fantasies, and still have literary worth!
Stacked high with papers/books and surrounded by boxes of samples to be distributed.
Babysitting a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and a dog when I first moved to the city and didn’t know my way around or how to change a diaper.
Harry Potter. Obviously.
Ella Enchanted – it was my transition from magical to romantic plots.
I have always loved to read and knew I wanted to be a part of that process. Then, I combined English and Psychology in school to do research on children’s books and moral development. It turns out what we do really does make a difference!
Contemporary, star-crossed. I want the couple to beat all odds to be together. And I want to be able to believe it could happen to me.
Create a journal in which you write down everything you read. I wish I could remember all of the books I’ve read in my life.