Inside Publishing: Lindsey Robertson, Marketing Operations
How did you start your career in book publishing?
I was an English major at school. When I was getting ready to graduate, my professors and advisors suggested looking at a career in publishing. After I graduated, I took two internships at smaller publishing houses and really enjoyed them. From that point on, I knew I wanted to work in publishing and started looking for full-time positions. That’s when I started at Open Road.
How long have you been with Open Road?
A little over a year; I started at the beginning of last summer.
What does your typical day entail?
It’s always different (laughs).
But there are things I do every day, like checking in on NetGalley reviewer requests, checking metadata, updating BISACs, supporting the integrated marketing team, making sure everything works.
What are the most important skills for someone in Marketing Operations?
Being really organized and being on top of things. That’s really important especially since we publish a lot of books at the same time and there are a lot of moving parts (laughs).
What’s your favorite thing about Open Road?
It’s a nice community, and you get a chance to know everybody. I think that having an open-floor plan makes it much easier to talk to people.
Which kinds of books / which genres do you like the most?
Hmm…Mostly fiction, a little bit of nonfiction. And I like historical fiction.
What are you currently reading?
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. I’m still at the beginning.
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to work in book publishing?
Know how publishing works as whole, not just individual departments; know how marketing, production, editorial, and all the other departments work together. Having that broad understanding is really helpful down the road.
BONUS question: What are some of your hobbies? How do you spend your time when you’re not working?
I volunteer at a dog rescue and enjoy running…I finished my first marathon earlier this summer!