Emma Setterfield – Author Assistant

What is your specialism within book publishing? 

I am a virtual assistant who has also been trained as an author’s assistant so that I can help with both business admin and website support, as well as the preparation, publishing and marketing of a book if my client is wanting to go to print with their message.


Can you describe what you do in 10 words or fewer?

Virtual assistant specialising in self-publishing, business admin and website support.


What led you to go freelance? 

I was made redundant and wanted a new challenge and the flexibility to be able to walk and spend time with my dog Freya.


Do you work primarily for publishing companies or independent authors or a mix? 

It would depend on whether my client was working with a publishing company or had decided to go independent.


What’s the best part of doing what you do?

Being able to support my clients and the variety of the tasks involved. I never get bored.


What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started your freelance journey? 

I wish I had taken on a business coach sooner.


How many books are in your TBR (to be read) pile/list? And do you plan to read them all eventually? 

Too many to count, but I do hope that I will get round to reading them eventually.


Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

Physical books every time. I do read digital but find that I miss a real book after a while and have to go and read one. There is just something about a real book.


Do you have any advice for anyone considering a career in publishing? 

Do your homework and research the publishers you want to work with and make sure they publish in the areas that you are interested in, and decide whether you want to work in fiction or nonfiction.


What is your favourite children’s book and your favourite adult’s book? 

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner was my favourite book when I was at school. I have a lot of favourite books as an adult but one that springs to mind is Weaveworld by Clive Barker.



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