I have been connected to small press publishing and independent publishing since 2008. Previously, my background was in HE teaching and academic libraries, an environment in which I worked for seven years (Bodleian Library and affiliates, Glasgow University Library). In 2008 I moved to Madrid and co-founded Ediciones Nevsky, working full-time for the press until 2016. During that time we experienced a period of expansion and growth, from a small press focusing mostly on Soviet SF and contemporary Russian fiction in translation, into a mid-sized publishing house of a more generalist nature, characterised by its innovative projects and design values. My role involved building and managing an English literature list, and developing the speculative fiction collection. The English list focused on little-known and previously untranslated female authors (Margaret Oliphant, Gladys Mitchell), or previously unpublished works by more established authors (Daphne du Maurier’s The Doll). On the speculative fiction side, I am particularly proud to have brought to the press a great number of international female authors who are changing the face of the genre worldwide, including Lisa Tuttle, Sofia Rhei, Anna Starobinets, Karin Tidbeck and Nina Allan.
I am still connected with the press, developing some UK-based editorial projects, and helping set up a small imprint of its list in English translation, Nevsky Books.