Who are your favorite authors and why?
I don't think I have any favourite authors per se, because writing styles differ between books, but I have definitely enjoyed some books more than others. For example The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was written fantastically, including humour, and The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung used the author's experiences to make the story so real.
What book from your childhood has shaped you most as a writer?
Going back a few years, I absolutely loved My Favourite Fairy Tales published by Parragon. It had this blue cover with Snow White on the front. I admittedly still have it to this day; it's kept in my memory box under my bed! The spine is well and truly worn, sellotaped together to prevent it from falling apart entirely. I think I've kept onto this because I remember loving it so much, wanting to read it all the time. I remember learning some of the pages word-for-word, off by heart.
Books change me every time I finish another one. Even the ones I didn't enjoy as much have taught me something. That is the power of books, after all, isn't it? To change your mindset, your outlook, your perspective? To open your eyes to other smaller worlds amongst this shared world.
If you could choose a book character to be for a day, who would it be and why?
Gosh, I've really had to think about this because I honestly don't know for sure! I think I would want to be someone that has more exposure to people's lives. Therapist Daniel in The Eighth Girl, for example, I'd love to be in his chair hearing about the mind behind Alexa. On a more light-hearted note, I'd love to have Matilda's powers in Roald Dahl's novel, Matilda!
What aspects of your creative process do you enjoy most? Which are most challenging?
I like the process of pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and I love teaching myself new things.
I had no exposure to Adobe Premiere Pro before starting my YouTube channel, for example, and I have really enjoyed learning from scratch and teaching myself tips/tricks.
I love connecting with new people and sharing a common passion, too. It's challenging to cater to everyone's likes. Some people might like more informal, chatty videos whereas some may prefer formal, educational videos. Some may like lots of promotion online whereas some might want to avoid being bombarded with material.
The way I phrase things, especially, sensitive topics, is also challenging. Finally, because I am essentially teaching others about the industry as a whole, I have to make sure what I say is correct, which means extra work to validate my content.
What's the worst writing/publishing advice anyone ever gave you?
I've never really thought about the worst before. Sometimes people have said things that I don't agree with, because it depends on personal experiences. For example, when I was told not to start my own company; I've seen tons of successful stories and it is still something I can see myself doing. Just because something didn't work for one person, doesn't mean it won't work for others.
Sometimes I like to prove people wrong, so if someone says I can't do something, I want to come back and say 'I did it, and I did it better.'
I think I have also given myself bad advice, too. I've told myself that I can't wish for a lot of YouTube subscribers, but I'm proving myself wrong by already having more than I anticipated. I've told myself I don't fit into publishing, and I have learnt over the last couple of years that there can be a place for everyone. If I don't fit in, maybe it's because I have something different to offer.
What do you know now that you wish you'd known at the beginning of your writing/publishing journey?
I wish I knew the importance of networking, the power of Twitter and the competition of the market. I only joined Twitter in November 2020 and it has already proven such a valuable research for networking, promotion and freebies like proof copies of books! I didn't really know how competitive publishing was to get into until I had my foot in the door, luckily. That's why I'm trying now to demystify it to publishing hopefuls and provide a resource for insider knowledge.
What Comes To Mind When You Hear The Word ‘Life’?
Difference. It took me way too long to realize everyone goes through life differently. Even if people have the same experience, upbringing or education, their lives will take a different path and they will react differently to the same situations.
People grow and learn all the time and you have to accept that not everyone will see the world, and see life, like you do. And that's your power.
Eleanor Rose is a Production Assistant at Bloomsbury Publishing. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2019 and has recently taken on a personal content creation project of managing a publishing YouTube channel. Eleanor independently seeks out gaps in publishing knowledge to plan, film and edit videos for viewers to learn. Her videos include interviews with publishing professionals, book reviews and general knowledge of the industry. Eleanor also attends community events; she has talked at events such as the Get Into Book Publishing course, university panels and Bloomsbury Institute. Prior to working in publishing, Eleanor worked as a freelance photographer, and social media manager & personal assistant for a private tuition company in Kent. Her photography experience varies from birthday parties, school proms to weddings. Eleanor has experience in marketing and publicity and loves to connect with new people.