My passions and interests – books and reading, nature, animals, gardening, architecture, history, culture, travel – are perfectly aligned to the book world.
My earliest memories are of the smell of books, the wondrous illustrations and worlds inside them. A closed book sits impassively, silently hiding its secrets, but once you peek at the pages, you enter a world never imagined! The sum of human knowledge, the possibility of transformation, every emotion and situation, every fantasy and fact – all found within the covers…
Working with authors and publishers allows me to indulge my enjoyment of people and building relationships and to put my excellent communication skills and organizational ability to use.
I aspire to an ethical, harmonious life, respectful of all creatures and resources on earth. Ecology, anthropogeny, animal rights, sustainability, and community service play an integral part in my life.
My business relationships are built on mutual respect. I’m direct and down-to-earth, and will never ‘tell you what you want to hear’ if it goes against your best interests.
I’m flexible, like movement and variety, and am equally happy working in a team as I am on my own. So whatever your working style, we’ll make a good team.
Why I can make a difference for you …
Books have been my lifelong passion and throughout my career I’ve gathered experience in most aspects of the publishing industry and book world. Over the years I’ve built excellent relationships with bookshop managers (particularly in the Western Cape but also in Johannesburg, Durban and the Garden Route) and book buyers in non-trade outlets (boutiques, restaurants, wine farms, and so on).
Publicity has played a significant role in my career. Through the press releases I’ve sent out, I’ve developed a good rapport with South African media in print, radio and TV, thus ensuring premium exposure in publications and on radio.
I act as a conduit between publisher and retailer, author and the media, making sure information travels both ways.
I pride myself on giving excellent service and value for money. As I work on an independent basis, my sales and media experience in dealing with book publishing at every level will increase your book sales without the considerable overheads of a full-time employee.
I look forward to helping you…