Name: Kate Stephenson
Role: Senior Publisher
Company: Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand
My first job in publishing was: Assistant to the Publisher & Associate Publisher at HarperFiction, HarperCollins UK
My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: I think the nature of publishing is such that there are constant highs and lows. You can sign an amazing new author, and maybe get some exciting sub-rights deals, and you can also be incredibly disappointed if publication doesn’t go the way you’d hoped. On a shallower note, pre-Covid times in London the parties and the New York trips were excellent perks, but probably my biggest highlight so far has been founding an imprint with two of the best colleagues and building from scratch a list that we were genuinely proud of (including some big bestsellers along the way).