Cover Letter

Hi! My name is Samantha Emily Evans, and I am looking for an entry-level position in book publishing. For my high school graduation present, I attended Book Expo America in New York City. I listened to lectures on hashtags, networked at blogger events, and admired the long stalls of book lovers. I have always loved reading and thought of it as a hobby, but after BEA – or now just BE – I knew it was more than a hobby; it was my passion and my dream profession.

In June 2016, I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Joint Honours Degree in English and Modern History, 2:1.

During university, I did four work internships. For two summers, I worked for Tennis Channel as a production assistant at the French Open. In my second year, I was personal assistant to the Executive Producer and Director on top of my responsibilities because I always got things done the first time. In the fast-paced world of live television, I handled a multitude of tasks with a smile. I also worked at the Teen Choice Awards and Regnery Publishing, a history and politics publisher, as an editorial intern.

After university, I moved back to Los Angeles where I had three part-time jobs. I worked at Red Hen Press as the Marketing and Publicity Assistant, at an independent bookstore as a bookseller, and as a co-producer of a literary festival supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs.

At Red Hen as assistant, I was responsible for a wide range of tasks. One that I found most interesting was organizing the Managing Editor’s schedule for the London Book Fair. I read through her notes from previous years, contacted previous relationships, researched new people to reach out to, pitched meetings and created her calendar. I wrote and organized notes for each meeting and updated the notes upon her return. I found the role fascinating, as I love gaining a wide understanding of the different groups within the publishing industry.

In April I moved to London for a three-month public relations internship at Midas Public Relations. I assisted on eleven different book campaigns with clients including Pan Macmillan, the British Library, and HarperCollins. I also worked as a receptionist and administrative assistant in the office. I am extremely proud of my work on Ginny Moon, HQ’s lead title. I managed a fourteen-stop blog tour with twenty-three reviewers and launched our first bookstagram campaign, creating over 7,000 engagements. Thank you Microsoft for helping me stay organized. When I saw Ginny Moon on the shelves at WH Smith at the Stansted Airport, I glowed!

Since then, I have found three other part-time jobs: bookseller at WH Smith Selfridges; venue manager at the Bradford Literary Festival; and Social Media Manager for Red Hen Press.

I am a hard-working, creative, and meticulous team player who is passionate about writers, books, and publishing. Thank you for visiting my website. If you would like to get in contact, please email me at samanthaemilye@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

Samantha