Hello, my name is Sarah.
I work as an Account Manager at a tech PR firm in Reading, mainly for a multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider. From creating the perfect press release to journalist sell-ins across national, trade and vertical media, it’s my job to keep my client happy and in the media.
Combined with my last role, I have over 9 years of publicity experience. I previously worked with authors on a day-to-day basis as the Group Marketing Manager at a Leicestershire publishing house, generating book sales and media coverage. I also co-ordinated all of our company PR, overall and for specific events, including The Self-Publishing Conference – where I gave a speech for three years running – as well as The London Book Fair and The Self-Publishing Experience Days.
In addition, I also attended book launches and industry gatherings on a regular basis, including annual events like The London Book Fair and Gardners trade shows. Having participated in a number of industry events, I am an experienced speaker on a variety of publishing topics. Some subjects I have already publicly spoken about include Publishing in the Digital Age, a speech I was invited to give at The Society of Young Publishers’ Conference. I also debated Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing at The Publishing Innovation Conference, alongside Alison Baverstock and The Bookseller‘s editor Philip Jones. One of my proudest moments was giving the Keynote Speech at the inaugural Indie Book Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the subject of Broadening Horizons: The expanding opportunities and freedom of self-publishing, encompasses the diversity and choices available for indie authors.
I was also the Editor for The Self Publishing Magazine, a quarterly publication that looked at all aspects of self-publishing, from August 2013-February 2016, when the print edition ceased publication. This involved sourcing content – articles, case studies, opinion pieces – on a variety of topics, including writing, marketing and editing. I lay up each issue of the magazine and co-ordinated all of the advertising involved. Check out some examples of the magazine I used to edit on my portfolio page.
You can also check out my book reviews, which I write in any spare time I have!