Our New York office has welcomed a new assistant to our cubicle jungle. Celine Aenlle-Rocha joined the marketing team in August 2015 after recently graduating from college. We sat down with her to talk about publishing, New York, and sweaters.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve found about working at OUP?
I didn’t realize beforehand how much I’d able to interact with different departments. I’m in marketing but I get to work with editorial, sales, production, and publicity.
What’s the least surprising?
There are a lot of interesting books in the building, and I will never be able to read them all.
What is your typical day like at OUP?
Scheduling tweets, making flyers, reading reviews of our music books, and getting to know the music community.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your day?
Just getting to know people around the office!
What one resource would you recommend to someone trying to get into publishing?
I attended the Columbia Publishing Course right before I started at Oxford, and it was the best preparation for my job that I could’ve asked for. I learned so much about publishing and marketing that’s really helped me in for my first job.
What’s your favourite book?
Jane Austen’s Emma. It’s not her most popular book, but it inspired Clueless, which is just amazing.
If you didn’t work in publishing, what would you be doing?
I’ve always wanted to try travel writing – hopefully I’d be visiting Oxford in the UK!
What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?
Eat my yogurt and check my email. It’s not very exciting, but for some reason I don’t get hungry until after my day’s already started.
Who inspires you most in the publishing industry and why?
I love how much Oxford cares about books, literacy, and readers. I enjoy working for a non-profit and knowing that my work benefits the University of Oxford as well as the general readership.
How would you sum your job up in three words?
Challenging, exciting, and fun!
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the publishing industry since working at OUP?
Everything is online now, and that influences a lot of the work I do in publishing as well as a marketing assistant. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it just makes it more of a fun challenge.
What is in your desk drawer?
A sweater. I get cold so easily…
What is your most obscure talent or hobby?
I knit a lot of sweaters. Definitely not as many as I’d like, however, because they take too long! But I love to knit and sew.
What is your favorite animal?
My dogs! They’re in California, which is much too far away.
Featured image: Hyacinth and book. CC0 via Pixabay.