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An Interview with Kendra Martin

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Today I have an interview with Kendra Martin ( Read on for details on her publishing job, why she wanted a job working with books, and what she's reading right now.

1.) Tell us about your job in a few sentences.

I work for publisher James Lorimer & Company handling publicity and promotion.

2.) What made you want to work in publishing? What's your background?

My passion for reading lead me to take an English degree at university. Soon I discovered my editing skills and love for books could translate into an actual career path, so I took the leap into the world of Canadian publishing. And now I never need to worry about not having something good to read ever again!

3.) Describe a typical day.

I work at Lorimer's Toronto office and my duties are pretty varied, which has been my experience with other independent Canadian publishers. A big part of my day consists of communication with media, authors, our in-house editors and designers and my other colleagues. We're a small office, so we can keep each other up-to-date on new book projects and the progress of our published books as we try to reach readers at schools, libraries and bookstores. Besides promotion and publicity activities, I keep our website and social media fresh and maintain our database of book metadata.

4.) What do you think has been the biggest trend in Canadian publishing in the past few years?

Well, leaving aside books about children killing each other and erotic fiction, there's been a lot of focus on the digital shift. How ebooks and other non-traditional, new-media platforms have changed publisher's business strategies is definitely still up in the air. For Canadian publishers, it's a delicate balance between embracing ebooks as part of their business and maintaining existing relationships. As well, we've seen many booksellers closing up shop in the past year, which puts more pressure on Canadian publishers in getting their books out to readers.

It's been an exciting few years for me, as I've been managing and marketing ebooks, and learning along with the rest of industry about ebook sales. There are lots of opportunities, for publishers, writers, and booksellers alike! Finding the right fit for each book or publisher is the greater challenge.

5.) What are you reading right now?

I just finished a fabulous novel by Alice Hoffman The Dovekeepers, re-telling the story of 900 Jews on a Judean mountain withstanding a siege by the Roman army in 70 CE. Next up is Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman.

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Aya Tsintziras

Aya Tsintziras is the author of the YA novel Pretty Bones, which was selected for the Canadian Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in Spring 2012. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Masters of Journalism at Ryerson University.

Go to Aya Tsintziras’s Author Page