I am publishing director for Endeavour Press - the UK's leading independent digital publisher, and also a freelance editor and publishing consultant.
Click to edit position descriptionI am the Publishing Director for Endeavour Press - the UK's leading independent digital publisher. I manage a list of over 200 authors and am in charge of our Kindle Singles, and managing other staff members.
I oversee the full process of ebook design, production and marketing. A lot of what Endeavour does is track down out of print books, contact the authors, and bring out new digital editions. I have successfully contacted and signed a number of authors and estates for this process. I have also developed very good relationships with literary agents, discussing authors they have which might be suitable for our lists, and working with them to build up their list of Endeavour Press authors.
Another key part of Endeavour Press's business is the development of Kindle Singles. Kindle Singles are short essays, or novellas published by Amazon on their Kindle Single store. I have a very good relationship with Andrew Rosenheim who runs the store. I come up with and pitch ideas to him, edit the manuscripts, design the covers and talk with him about future projects. I also recently went to New York to visit the same team in the US and am currently building a relationship with them as well.
I have been particularly commended for my editorial work. Endeavour does take on new authors, and these manuscripts often need a substantial copy-edit, so I work with authors suggesting cuts and edits for their books, and also sharing cover ideas.
Endeavour Press currently publish twenty books a week, and it is up to me to make sure that this happens, that we are signing enough books to allow this to continue happening, and to organise other members of staff so that they hit their targets. I make sure that all the books are brought out within 6 months of being contracted.
I also oversee and discuss marketing strategies, continuously coming up with new ways to market our books to move with the ever changing digital market.
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I have been involved in publishing since 1986 and have operated as a freelancer since 2003. I am also a lecturer in history at QUB.
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