Welcome to our ‘A Day within the Life’ weblog collection, the place we’ll be interviewing members of the LBF crew, trade professionals, and particular company attending our subsequent LBF occasion.
Our newest interview is with Nicola Solomon, Chief Government of The Society of Authors – a UK commerce union for writers, illustrators and literary translators. Nicola can also be a Deputy District Decide and Chair of the Creators’ Rights Alliance, and sits on the board of the Worldwide Authors’ Discussion board and the British Copyright Council.
We spoke to Nicola about her function on the SoA, the recommendation she’d give to somebody beginning their profession within the trade, and her plans for retirement…
What’s the very first thing you do after your alarm has gone off within the morning?
Wordle, in fact!
Tea or espresso?
Tea, however solely after I get again from chilly water swimming and strolling the canine.
What does a typical day seem like for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day on the SoA, however what all days have in widespread is that the whole lot we do is geared toward empowering authors. Whether or not I’m attending a Authorities assembly on AI, advising a person member on their will, campaigning on local weather change or chatting with a possible sponsor about our grants and prizes, it’s all geared toward making life higher for authors, translators and illustrators.
When you weren’t working on the SoA, what could be your various profession?
I was a solicitor in personal pratice, which I actually loved, however I believe as soon as I retire subsequent yr I’d prefer to spend my time volunteering and dealing with animals.
What’s one piece of recommendation you’ll give to somebody looking to start a profession in your trade?
Learn as a lot as you’ll be able to. Don’t surrender the day job till you’re positive you can also make a dwelling in what’s a very precarious trade.
When you may solely advocate one ebook, movie and TV present to somebody, what would it not be?
I actually couldn’t say! Hundreds of SoA members could be livid with me if I favoured one.
What are you trying ahead to essentially the most at LBF24?
Assembly plenty of members and trade colleagues, and sharing my data and fervour.
Keep tuned for our subsequent interview, coming quickly …
Nicola might be collaborating in our Writers’ Summit on 11 March 2024. You should buy your tickets right here.
Taken with ebook suggestions and evaluations? Comply with together with our LBF Ebook Membership!