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Meet Publishing Consultant Meara O’Shaughnessy

mearaAs a Publishing Consultant, my role is to reach out to authors who have expressed an interest in our services and to help them determine the most effective way for them to achieve their dream of getting published.

2. What does a typical day on the job look like for you?

I spend most of my days on the phone discussing the various aspects of the publishing industry with authors, assessing manuscripts and responding to lots of emails.

3. What’s your favourite part of the job?

I love listening to passionate authors describe their work. There is something so refreshing about hearing such uninhibited excitement that really brightens my day!

4. What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of my job is preparing authors for the production process. Often times authors will hold tight to their material up until the production stage, and it becomes very difficult for them to approach the process with an open mind. I have to remind them that they are coming to us in part for our professional insights, and industry knowledge – we want to make their book the best it can be and it’s hard to trust something so close to you to someone else.

5. What’s the most common question you get from first-time authors?

“Will my book sell?” is absolutely the most common question I am faced with, and it’s a tough one because there really are no guarantees. This question does give me the opportunity to explain the benefits of marketing however, which is a part of the process I honestly believe every author should invest their time and energy into, as it can really make or break the success of a book.

6. Do you have a favourite service to talk about with authors? Why is it your favourite?

Marketing – our marketing team is so passionate and the services they offer are so diverse that there’s something for everyone! It can also be a really fun part of the process for authors, as they can really continue to share the excitement about their work.

7. What interests you about the assisted self-publishing industry?

This industry has so many facets, and it’s really inspiring to see how publishing a professional quality book has become so accessible to those willing to invest in their own work.

8. If you were to publish a book, what would it be about?

If I were to publish a book, it would probably be a dark comedy of sorts.

9. What did you do before joining the Tellwell team?

I’ve spent most of my working life in retail, most recently as a District Sales Supervisor in the clothing industry. Publishing has been a refreshing change of pace, and it’s been so interesting seeing how the industry has changed since my childhood. My mother worked with Doubleday (a Canadian subsidiary of Penguin Random House) when I was growing up, before acquiring her own bookstore – where I had my first retail job!

10. What books do you love to read?

Sci-fi is definitely my favourite genre, though I’m open to just about anything! The Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card is definitely high in my list of favourites, but H.G. Wells would probably win for my favourite author.

11. Other than reading, what do you do in your spare time?

I have a French bulldog that occupies most of my time outside of work (LOTS of walks!), and I’m a big fan of hot yoga!


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