We’re very proud of our books here at Oxford Australia, and we’re even more proud of the hard work that goes into creating the perfect textbook or digital product. There are a lot of different people involved in getting a book from conception to consumer; today in Spotlight On we introduce you to Anita Mullick, a Senior Publisher with Primary Education.
Title: Senior Publisher
When did you start at Oxford: July 2007
Sum up your job in 3 words: Stimulating, fast-paced, collaborative
What are your day-to-day tasks?
It depends what ‘cycle’ of a project I’m in – if I’m working on a publishing idea my tasks will be mainly related to market research. If I’m project-managing an approved project, then tasks could include commissioning content, reviewing content or monitoring budgets and schedules.
What product or project are you most proud of working on?
I’m most proud of Oxford Literacy Assess – a print and digital resource for reading assessment. It was the largest project I have worked on from start to finish and the online component was an opportunity for me to significantly upskill in terms of digital publishing.
What is your favourite thing about working in publishing?
I really enjoy the teamwork and collaboration. My passion is also for primary literacy publishing, so I love seeing books come to life with the beautiful alchemy of words, design and illustrations!
What advice would you give to someone interested in a role like yours?
I suggest finding a mentor who can give you an insight into different aspects of being a publisher. But content creation is a rapidly changing environment, so know that your mentor will be learning too!
What are you reading right now?
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge – an amazing insight into how natural phenomena such as light and sound can be used to help the brain heal.