Name: Jenny Thomas
Role: Publishing Editor
Company: Cengage Learning
My first job in publishing was… As an author! I was teaching English at a local secondary school and was approached to co-author a junior language skills book for New House Publishers. Luckily, the title was a success and that led me to continue writing over 20 workbooks and textbooks for NZ English classrooms during the last 20 years. New House Publishers subsequently become Cengage Learning and 10 years ago I was approached to become the Editorial Publisher for their multidisciplinary local secondary list.
I’m currently reading… I have just finished The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley … the perfect companion to sitting by the pool in the Hawaiian sunshine!
My biggest career highlight has been… Aside from publishing my very first book it would be the part I have played in developing a hugely successful series for senior Mathematics. Walker Maths is a comprehensive publishing project for individual Achievement Standards at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. We have been working on building the series for 3 years and we now have over 30 titles available.