Marie-Louise kindly answered my questions for my Meet the Gatekeepers feature. I want to keep the answers on my main blog page as they are so brilliant and the diverse answers from each publicist is guiding me on my blogging journey!

How did you get your start in the publishing industry?

I completed an MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University which
helped me gain a wide understanding of the industry as a whole. I also took
every opportunity I could, be that doing work experience at Penguin Random
House or wearing an Elmer suit for the London Book Fair 2019 as a volunteer. 

What is the most interesting part of your job? 

My job is always interesting! Working with a wide range of people is a highlight; from agents, to authors, journalists and booksellers…I especially love seeing a book I really
adored receiving great press and reviews. It’s really rewarding. 

What are the challenges of your role? 

 A lot of my job is out with my control and changes are happening constantly. We are always kept busy!

Describe a typical day or are no two days alike? 

No two days are the same! Sometimes, I will be at my desk all day answering emails and the following day I could be out with an author at events. This is one of my favourite parts of my job, it’s always varied and exciting.  

Tips for Book Bloggers? 

My tips for Book Bloggers would be to write a great pitch email. We receive countless emails from bloggers on a day-to-day basis. Why should you review this book? I know you love to read, we all do – that’s why we’re in this industry. I’d like to read an email that
makes me excited to send you the book and read your review – not something that
is just copy and pasted.   

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy, a fabulous classic that I discovered only quite recently. A tale of a twenty-year-old woman with pink hair on a jaunt through Paris in the 50s. It’s divine. I also just finished reading the incredible Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa which is shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, it’s completely brilliant and
what I feel to be a must read! I loved every second… 

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