Several of our YA Fusion blog contributors have 2012 debut novels, and I'm learning all kinds of behind-the-scenes publishing info. from them. So I thought I'd highlight another publishing team member that we rarely hear about, an important liaison between publisher and bookstore. Introducing Dandy Conway, district sales manager for Random House Children's Books. She's based in northern California, but her territory also includes Utah and Oregon.
What led you down this career path?
I started out as a children’s bookseller during college & never in a million years thought it would lead to a wonderful career in publishing that I love and continue to be thankful for as each year passes.
I would love your job too! Describe a typical work day.
1. Walk down to my office in the basement with a large cup of coffee, check emails & do some follow up (calling in author event orders, contacting NY about author event requests, checking on orders for accounts, etc…)
2. Drive to a great locally owned bookstore to talk about new books, come up with some marketing ideas that might help my booksellers sell the book to their customers. Eat lunch in the car on the way to my next appointment.
3. Repeat #2 above.
4. Drive home
5. Check on emails/phone calls/faxes that have come in while out for the day.
6. Read-after I have dinner & put my kids to bed
What is your favorite/least favorite/most challenging part of your job?
I love driving authors around & watching them connect with their readers. It is one of the most satisfying things to see a room full of kids meeting an author after they’ve just finished a book. They are so engaged & notice things in books that totally escapes me. It reminds me that this is a REALLY cool job.
I had no idea you got to interact with authors and their readers so much - how rewarding! Share some of your favorite YA novels, including recent debuts. Go ahead and shout out about your upcoming 2012 releases.
So many favorites, but I’ll just talk about my recent favs & some new ones to come- Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Drannen, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner, You Against Me by Jenny Downham, You Are My Only by Beth Kephart, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (due 2/12). Sadly, since my reading time is very limited I find I don’t have much time for reading books outside of work. So, full disclosure - these are all RHC books.
I loved Revolution, too. Thanks for the book recommendations and the quick peek into your world!
Dandy and her colleagues have a blog about children's publishing. Check it out for more insights from these industry insiders: http://randomactsofreading.wordpress.com/ and go here for their Facebook page.
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