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Career path: Johannes Jakob 

9 November 2021

Johannes Jakob began his publishing career as an editor at Express Media's Voiceworks magazine. He is now an editor at Penguin Random House Australia, and won the 2021 IPEd Rosie...

Career path: Cate Blake 

29 September 2021

Cate Blake began her publishing career at Penguin Random House Australia as an editorial assistant. In 2018 she was nominated for the inaugural ABIA Rising Star Award for her role...

Career path: Andrew Robertson 

9 June 2021

Andrew Robertson, who began his career at one of Melbourne's most well-loved bookshops, joined NewSouth Books as the account manager for Victoria and Tasmania in 2019. Here he shares his...

A window on the world: Stephanie Smee’s career journey

25 November 2020

Stephanie Smee is a Sydney-based French translator who worked as a lawyer before pivoting to literary translation. She has recently translated books including Hannelore Cayre's Dagger Award–winning crime novel The...

Career Path: Middle Grade Mavens 

24 June 2020

Pamela Ueckerman and Julie Grasso are two self-described ‘author mums’ and the hosts of the podcast Middle Grade Mavens. They review children’s books, interview industry experts and discuss all things...

Quiet achiever: Jessica Horrocks’ career journey

9 October 2019

Jessica Horrocks, designer and production coordinator at Text Publishing, was recently named Emerging Designer of the Year at the 2019 Australian Book Design Awards. She shares her career journey. Having...

Finding your centre: Megan Daley on her career journey 

27 June 2018

‘A school library is at the very centre of creative school communities,’ writes teacher-librarian and book blogger Megan Daley. She shares her career journey. I studied early childhood teaching, always...

Come together: Jemma Birrell’s career journey 

18 April 2018

Tablo creative director Jemma Birrell has spent her career connecting audiences with books, whether it be in bookshops, at festivals or online. She shares her career journey. I started working...

Natural appreciation: Lex Hirst’s career journey 

23 October 2017

‘In all my roles I search for talented people with fascinating work and find them new audiences,’ writes Penguin Random House commissioning editor, festival director and arts programmer Lex Hirst....