1/Please give us a brief biog.
I studied Italian and Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford University from 2000-2004, spending time in Florence and Siena. From 2004, I have worked at Ebury Publishing, part of The Random House Group, starting as Publicity Assistant, currently as Senior Publicity Manager. I have worked on publicity campaigns for authors including Delia Smith, Caitlin Moran, Danny Wallace, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, Russell T Davies, Simon Hopkinson, Tom Parker Bowles and Tinie Tempah.
2/What are you working on now?
Danny Wallace’s novel Charlotte Street, our Doctor Who publishing, a new edition of Delia’s Complete Cookery Course, Miranda Gore Browne’s Biscuit, Richard Bertinet’s Pastry and this autumn the new Ottolenghi book Jerusalem and Caitlin Moran’s new book.
3/Which book would you have liked to have worked on?
I would go for a book called The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock by John Harris which really opened my eyes to how brilliant non-fiction can be.
4/Which author would you invite round for tea?
Sadly no longer possible but I would have chosen Simon Gray whose diaries I love very much.
Try to create a platform from which to launch a book – it could be a few devoted blogger fans or a network of contacts across Twitter
Have clear idea of who the potential audience for your book is
Talk to people – editors, agents, booksellers – and ask what is currently working well for them – everyone should have an answer to that