Name: Becky Innes
Role: Marketing Manager
Company: Allen & Unwin NZ
My first job in publishing was… Marketing Assistant at HarperCollins – although completely inexperienced I got an interview on the strength of using the word “eclectic” in my CV, and here I am 20+ years later.
I’m currently reading… I just finished and LOVED Crudo by Olivia Laing. So funny, yet heart-rending about the state of the world. Now enjoying Lanny by Max Porter (Eleanor Catton’s UK editor, also a writer) – so imaginative, and I love how he evokes the history of the village/English countryside/folk traditions, but a little boy has just gone missing so I think I’m going to have ask a colleague who’s read it if there’s a happy ending otherwise I don’t know if I can go on…
My biggest career highlight in publishing has been… Winning (with our wonderful publicity team) the Marketing Strategy of the Year Award at NZ Book Industry Awards 2017, for Woman in the Wilderness – I love it when books by unknown writers and small promo budgets do well.