The official blog from brand new Bonnier Publishing imprint Red Lemon Press, dedicated to publishing fresh non-fiction with a twist.
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Now, meet the team…
Sarah Odedina, Managing Director
I have been committed to publishing excellent children’s books since 1988. I began my publishing career in the rights department of Penguin Books. In 1992, I moved to the Watts Publishing Group where I was Rights Director of Watts non-fiction and Orchard fiction. This position was invaluable in providing the commercial training upon which I have built an exciting editorial career. For the past fourteen years, I have served as publishing director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing, including overseeing and managing the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and in my career my authors have won many wonderful prizes including three Carnegie Medals. I am committed to bringing great authors to readers, and am a particular fan of US authors, whose writing has an important place in the British market.
Jon Perdoni, UK Finance Director
Having studied for my Economics degree in Leeds, for some strange reason I decided three years of books about numbers wasn’t quite enough. So I embarked on another few towards becoming a chartered accountant. I joined Bonnier three years ago and have been involved in the amazing creations that are Hot Key Books and Red Lemon Press from the outset. This is such an exciting time for both Red Lemon Press and the Bonnier Publishing group, and I am so pleased I can be a part of this wonderful team.
Russell McClean, Editorial Director
I will always be grateful that on the day I was on the brink of accepting a job as editor of the Met Police stationery catalogue, I was offered an interview by Reed Children’s Books (now Egmont) as a production assistant. I was hooked from day one, and knew that nothing would deflect me from a career in children’s publishing – not even having to pass for press the world’s trashiest Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers activity book before dawn on a freezing Scottish winter morning. I was the production assistant from hell, proofreading every page and gleefully pointing out typos and double letter spaces to my exasperated editors. (In fact, my eagle eye once earned me the nickname “Double Space” McLean). Naturally, a move into editorial followed. After three years learning the ropes at Belitha Press, a school-and-library imprint of Collins & Brown (now part of Anova Books), I joined children’s non-fiction publisher Kingfisher in 2001. I stayed for ten very exciting years, but when the opportunity arose to join Weldon Owen following its move from Sydney to London, I jumped at the chance. Building the first Red Lemon Press publishing programme has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, and I am ridiculously excited to find out what the future holds for our infant imprint!
Tori Kosara, Editor
After some exciting internships, I landed my first ‘real’ job as a publishing/editorial assistant at Scholastic in New York, where I’m from. I had the chance to work closely on a wide range of books from MG and YA fiction (including projects like The Hunger Games and the 39 Clues series)to picture books, nonfiction and licensed titles. I then moved to London to get a masters degree in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University, and did lots of freelance editing and writing. Afterwards, I worked as an editor at Disney Publishing Worldwide (back in NY), where I focused on both print and digital projects – from film tie-ins to working closely on books by bestselling authors like Rick Riordan to developing original content. I then married a Brit, hopped back across the pond and have quite happily landed at Red Lemon Press, where I’m excited to grow fresh talent.
Jo Connor, Art Director
After graduating in graphic design a wee while ago, I headed for London and landed a job working for a design agency specialising in branding and packaging. A few years on, I decided this design route wasn’t for me after all. A friend invited me for an interview at Dorling Kindersley and I never looked back! Ten happy years later, I was a Publishing Manager and I left to join Rodale (home of Men’s Health) and did a spot of freelancing. Then it was off to become Art Director at Kingfisher, where I worked with Martina and Russell. Seven years on, I jumped at the chance to work at RLP and the opportunity to work with Martina and Russell again, creating a new and exciting non-fiction list. I work with a very talented and creative bunch here and it’s a great place to be. Really looking forward to stamping our distinctive mark on non-fiction.
Katie Knutton, Designer
I studied graphic design at Camberwell College of Arts where I spent a lot of time concocting book-based projects for myself and designing alternative covers for my favourite novels. In my second year I was lucky enough to do work experience with Dorling Kindersley in their Children’s 10+ department where I fell in love with non-fiction publishing. After graduating, I returned to work at DK where I stayed for 5 years, working on a wide variety of children’s non-fiction titles. I’ve also braved it as a freelance illustrator and designer for the likes of BBC Magazines, Scholastic Children’s Books and Hardie Grant. It’s a real privilege to be part of the team here at Red Lemon Press at such an exciting time, I can’t wait to see our books published.
Winnie Malcolm, Designer
I began my children’s book design career at Purnell Publishers. Since then I have worked for Octopus Books, Puffin, Act-Two and then Campbell Books at Pan Macmillan. It hasn’t all been books, as I was involved in digital game design at Act-Two. After 11 years at Campbell, creating all kinds of novelty books for pre-school (and getting to work with some wonderful illustrators), I am now at Red Lemon Press.
I feel really excited and invigorated to be working with this talented team. The list is being built, and it’s great to see and hear about all the new and different aspects of publishing that are being incorporated that are now a part of the business.
Dominic Saraceno, Production Director
Printing and publishing has been in our family for many years. I grew up surrounded by book samples, hot metal typography pieces and old print machinery my dad would bring home. These days, you’ll find all this stuff in a museum. Straight after school I went to Watford College (now West Herts College) and studied Printing And Packaging Technology. This was a four-year course with one year spent in industry. I left with a Bsc Honours and continued to work at a paperback printer for a year before crossing over into trade publishing production at Pan Macmillan. Since then, I have worked for HarperCollins and Templar Publishing. These all have a very broad product base, and when Bonnier purchased Templar the opportunity arose to work with Hot Key, Red Lemon Press and Smellessence.
Tristan Hanks, Production Controller
After graduating with a much-maligned Media Production degree from Bedfordshire University I moved back to Oxford and began working for Harcourt Education. After a few years of working on school books the lure of London became too strong and I managed to land myself a position at Walker Books, working with the novelty department. Nearly six years later and with almost ten million Where’s Wally printings under my belt I found an offer I couldn’t refuse – to work in the wonderful world of Hot Key Books and Red Lemon Press!
Jon Lee, DTP Coordinator
It took me a long time to get into publishing, with a few false starts and lousy jobs along the way, but eventually McGraw-Hill decided to give me a go, probably because the production director and I shared a love of Martin Scorcese movies rather than because I was any good. Still, I must have done something right because I spent nearly five years there working on textbooks and learning more about aberrant psychology then anyone should really know.
Over time, and several different publishers, I’ve drifted away from pure production to a more IT-focused role; messing around with management databases, archiving systems and digital publishing tools. Anyway, following some health problems I took a year out to work on one of my real passions, trying to write a role-playing game from scratch, which promptly got cancelled when the publisher won the contract to produce licensed material for Dr Who! Thankfully I somehow convinced Red Lemon to take a chance on me, and as of yet they don’t seem to have noticed that I have no idea what I’m talking about most of the time.
Laurence Richard, International Sales Director
After my graduation in Sales & Marketing Management in France, I moved to the UK for what was initially going to be a year gap….. 20 years later, I remain happily settled in London!
My Publishing ‘journey’ started in 1995 within the Children’s department at Dorling Kindersley. Little did I know then, this first role as International Sales Assistant would lay strong foundation on understanding rights and co-edition sales, but also on all matters to do with production, contracts and much more. I was given the opportunity to manage their French reprint business, second biggest in its volume & turnover (including the wonderful Eyewitness series in joint-venture with Gallimard Jeunesse). Few years later and working my way up (in between I had moved to Mitchell Beazley, Gaia books and freelancing for a print-broker), I joined the Quarto Group at the time they had acquired Marshall Editions in 2002. I stayed put for over 8 years as Rights Director, which gave me the chance to work and connect closely with such a diversity of International Publishers across Children and Adult non-fiction.
When the opportunity came-up at Weldon Owen in 2010 to set-up an in-house dedicated rights team, I couldn’t resist taking on this new exciting challenge! I am truly grateful to be working today with a wonderful sales team, our Red Lemon Press creative team and my French colleagues at Piccolia.
Martin Rodriguez Huber, Group Latin America Sales Director
Having grown up in Spain, I always had a passion for travelling and new cultures, which at the age of 18 took me to Austria in order to study translation and interpreting. I spent my final year as an Erasmus exchange student in London, and soon discovered that I absolutely adored this city (despite the climate) and decided to stay on. I wrote my dissertation and finished off my studies in London and decided to take on another degree in Social Sciences. Once I completed this degree, I took on a Masters in International Business and languages, which seemed to be the perfect recipe for a publishing job in rights. After several rights roles in publishing companies like Quarto, Michael O’Mara and Carlton I ended up in Kingfisher Books, where eventually I took on the role of International Rights Sales Director. Having worked at Kingfisher for nearly eight and a half exciting years, the opportunity arose to join Bonnier Publishing as Group Latin America Sales Director for Weldon Owen, Red Lemon Press, Templar, The Five Mile Press, Autumn Publishing and Piccolia and I’m now proudly promoting our books in one of the most fascinating parts of the world: Latin America!
Ellen Towell, Sales Manager (North America)
I love visualizing what a book can be before it actually exists, as well as connecting with others over a passion for books. My career in US publishing has extended from fiction editor for an undergraduate publication at Yale University, to Advertising and Publicity Director of North Point Press, a quality literary press, to Marketing and Subsidiary Rights Director. From there I launched Whereabouts Press, a book publishing company specializing in international fiction for travelers, and published some of the best writers from countries around the world in our anthologies. After working at the Karel/Dutton Group, providing sales representation for US publishers such as Abrams, Lonely Planet, Distributed Art Publishers, Tuttle, Consortium, Gibbs Smith, Walker, among others to retail accounts on the West Coast, I now have the pleasure of working with the Red Lemon Press and Piccolia teams to bring their dynamic titles to audiences in the US and Canada.
Mariana Santana Podmore, Sales Assistant
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and have been obsessed with reading since I was little – when I was 8, I spent most of my school breaks in the library, digging up mystery novels. After some toing and froing with uni choices (a Chemistry degree was a serious contender at one point), I realised that I could actually have a career in books, and so went on to get my degree in Portuguese Linguistics and Literature at the University of São Paulo, gathering up a fair bit of publishing experience along the way, working in beginner editorial positions in some traditional Brazilian houses. During my degree I came and did a year abroad studying English Lit at Goldsmiths in London, and that’s how I fell in love with the city (and also with my husband). I eventually decided to move permanently to England, and haven’t looked back since. This was about 3 years ago, and I soon started working at a small literary agency, selling rights into Brazil, and then eventually found this great job at Red Lemon Press, where I get to help and sell our wonderful books to all corners of the world!
Jana Rumanová, Foreign Rights Manager (Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & Baltic States)
As a child, my parents used to find me reading secretly passed bed time with a torch light under my duvet. That and my love of art helped me choose which course to do at university. After finishing a MA in Pedagogy, with a focus on literature and art (what else?), I realised that there was no better job for a person who loves books, culture, art, travelling and meeting people than working for a publishing house.
London was a bit of a happy coincidence, as I just wanted to improve my English then go back to Slovakia. But I got the opportunity to work for Quarto, and I took it. When I learnt that Bonnier Publishing were looking for a person with my skills and background it was like wooo hooo – here I am!
Maud Sépult, Foreign Rights Manager (France & French Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal & Latin America)
After completing a Masters in translation from ISTI in Brussels, I was somehow convinced that life would be more exciting in London. So I packed my bags and relocated here! I worked a few months as a translator for Amnesty International, but quickly realised that I needed a job where I could interact more with people. At that time, I never thought I could find a position that would combine my two passions: books and language. But with persistence and some luck, I landed a job as a rights executive at Quarto. After four years, I was ready for a new challenge and joined Bonnier Publishing in 2011. It has been an amazing journey since then and I feel truly privileged to work with all the wonderful people behind the Weldon Owen, Red Lemon Press and Piccolia titles and to represent our books across Europe and Latin America.
Karima Adi, Foreign Rights Manager (Scandinavia, Germany, Greece, Turkey & the Middle East)
I blame my mother’s impatience for my love of the written word. Too impatient to wait for me to be taught to read at school she decided to do so herself when I was only 4 years old. I couldn’t get enough of the stories she used to read to me. Once I understood that there was a whole industry that created the books I loved so much and that I could become a part of, my mind was made up and all my dreams of becoming Indiana Jones were banished. Having said that I couldn’t quite let go of the idea of travelling for a living so after completing a degree in Journalism I did everything I could to manoeuvre myself into a position where I could help spread the written word AND travel all at the same time. I now spend my days travelling around various parts of the world to convince foreign publishers to buy our books and make them available in their respective languages. When I’m not doing that I’m mostly scoping out new places to drink great coffee, or talking to my ever so patient colleagues about how to make the perfect cup.
Kate Manning, Sales & Marketing Director
I started in children’s books on the shop floor at Waterstones in 1997 and then in early 2001 moved into publishing as the sales assistant at Transworld (about ten months before it merged with RHCB). After working my way up to Key Account Manager (which included standing on a rooftop in Oxford with Philip Pullman) I moved to Macmillan just as The Gruffalo’s Child was published (first time I worked with Benton). I then moved to S&S as Sales Director, working on lots of fabulous things including Spiderwick and Aliens Love Underpants. I then (I have moved about a bit) went to HarperCollins for four years (second time working with Benton) and saw the launch of Walliams. But now I’m very happy to be settled at Hot Key and Red Lemon. Thank god they are in the same office, or that could be difficult…
Sarah Benton, Head of Marketing
I started my publishing career at Orion, as the non-fiction cuttings assistants, before securing my dream of working in children’s books as a marketing assistant at Macmillan. I worked with authors and illustrators such as Meg Cabot, Eva Ibbotson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Emily Gravett and Julia Donaldson, before moving to Hammersmith to join HarperCollins Children’s Books. For four years I managed major marketing campaigns for Skulduggery Pleasant, Michael Morpurgo, Darren Shan, David Walliams, Oliver Jeffers and many more. At Hot Key Books, I’ve been lucky enough to work on all sorts of fun digital projects, and can be mostly found blogging, tweeting and making crazy videos. This insaneness will be passed into Red Lemon Press marketing – be warned!
Cait Davies, Sales & Marketing Executive
It was volunteering at London Book Fair that made the decision for me – I had to work in publishing. After graduating from Swansea University in 2011, interning and HarperCollins and admitting to my parents that the family tradition of teaching probably wasn’t for me (not to mention ending a three year stint of scooping popcorn at ODEON), I was some how lucky enough to land a job as Sales & Marketing Assistant at Hot Key Books. Moving to Hackney and launching a brand new company with the most exciting and dynamic team in the industry (I am biased) was, hands down, the most exciting year of my life. A year later, and that adventure starts again with Red Lemon Press – I couldn’t feel more fortunate working with our brilliant books and passionate, creative people.
Livs Mead, Sales & Marketing Assistant
I started working as a Saturday girl at the magical Tales On Moon Lane, an independent children’s bookshop when I was 15. Saturdays turned into seven years, working during my university holidays and becoming more involved as weekend manager once I had graduated. Working at the shop for so long meant that I was lucky enough to read a lot of wonderful books, see all the exciting things publishers were doing, and how excited and passionate children are about the books they love. All in all I became obsessed with the whole world of children’s books. I wanted to know more about what goes on behind the scenes to create an amazing book, so I did lots of work experience at publishers, which reinforced my dream to work for a children’s publisher. I’ve now got my dream job working for such a dynamic, creative and unique publishing house – I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve got lined up!
Meg Farr, PR Manager
I started working in the vibrant word of children’s books 10 years ago as Publicity and Web Associate for Barefoot Books in Bath (I even got to go to Boston woo!) before moving to London and working for Little Tiger Books and Macmillan Children’s Books where I worked with some fantastic authors including Meg Cabot, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Emily Gravett and Tony Robinson. One child later I moved to Booktrust and temporarily moved away from books to coordinate events, but couldn’t stay away from them for long and became the Children’s Web Editor where I was totally overwhelmed by the number of books being published in the world! Four and half years and another child later (that makes two) I’m back in the world of publishing and really excited to be part of a new publishing adventure.
Sanne Vliegenthart, Digital Coordinator
I was born in Katwijk, a small town in the Netherlands, where I lived until I graduated from university. I studied English Language and Culture at Leiden University and went on to get an MA in Literary Translation (English/Dutch). In my final year I spent three months studying in the United States at Elmhurst College near Chicago (which explains my American accent, a thing that will forever puzzle every single person I meet). After graduation I decided to move to London in search of a job in publishing. While experiencing life in London for the first time, I did work experience at Icon Books and Penguin, had a freelance video editing job and worked on my YouTube channel Booksandquills (which I started in 2008, and my camera has been permanently attached to my hip ever since). Nine months after arriving in the city I found my dream job as Digital Coordinator at Hot Key Books. I’m glad I’ve found a place where I get to spread the word online about fantastic new books and work on creative and exciting projects with a wonderful team.