Swoon Spotlight: Summer O.
What is your title?
Marketing Coordinator (really… I work for both 1. Priddy Books and 2. School and Library. I have two completely different jobs that don’t overlap at all. Publishing is weird! )
How long have you been in your current position?
Briefly describe your job.
Okay I’ll answer all these separately 1. Priddy: I handle everything that involves getting Priddy books from the UK to the US except the actual ordering (Supply Chain does that). I organize materials, metadata, covers, copy, meetings, everything to do with Priddy. 2. School and Library: I go to shows with the S&L team, and I help with digital marketing for the S&L market.
What is your favorite part about your job?
1. Priddy: I love being in the room when we create books out of nothing. Often, someone has a small idea and Roger Priddy runs with it! 2. S&L: Going to S&L conferences. I love meeting librarians and teachers. It’s fantastic and exhausting, but mostly fantastic.
What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Being the bearer of bad news! I often have to be the messenger and sometimes we can’t make everyone happy and that makes me sad.
What do you think is the most common misconception about book publishing?
That everyone is an editor. I think that’s what everyone thinks I do.
What made you want to be involved with Swoon Reads?
When I saw what everyone was doing, I thought, I want to be a part of that!
What did you study in school?
Majored in English and Minored in Mandarin Chinese
Do you feel like you use your degree in your current job?
What’s the funniest way you’ve heard a friend or family describe your job?
“She makes books!” Not quite. You’d also be surprised how many people don’t know what a “board book” is when I say it out of context (Priddy publishes mainly board books). I’m sure they’ve seen one, they’ve just never called it anything!
If you could have any other job in book publishing for one day, what would it be? Why?
Publicity! I think it would be fun to go on tour with authors! (for just one day, though!)
What do you like most about working with books for young adults?
Young Adults are extremely passionate about what they like. When they like something, they like it HARD. I’m a bit like that too (understatement) so I think I relate.
What does your desk and/or office look like on any given day?
It is either spotless or a disaster area. There is no in between.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked as a cashier at a grocery store back at home, and they thought I had the clearest speaking voice so I recorded these announcements that were played over the music. They ended up using them up until 2 years after I left, which was a little weird.
What’s a book you wished you worked on?
Harry Potter. Is there any other answer?
What was the first romance you ever read?
Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings
How did you get into book publishing?
I went to the Denver Publishing Institute and then I moved to NY on a hope and a prayer.
What’s your favorite genre of romance? (Book examples optional)
Contemporary with female protagonists with strong personalities (read: sometimes crazy), like Not that Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Dear 11-year-old Summer, In a couple of years, you’ll discover this wonderful thing called the internet where you can find people who are already interested in the same things you are. You don’t have to force your existing friends to like the same things you like! It’s creepy and off-putting.