Name: Lesley Stead
Role: Company Director of Stead & Daughters Ltd
My first job in publishing: A number of years ago we tried our hand at publishing. My job at that time was to be a proof reader and editor. Due to the growth in our retail business, we put publishing to one side until we decided 12 – 18 months ago to make a return. These days I’m working in the domain of design.
I’m currently reading: Love Stories by Trent Dalton. As the owner of Paige’s Book Gallery, I read a wide variance of genres, doing my best to keep abreast of titles coming through. After I’ve finished Love Stories I will be onto The Nine Lives of Kitty K by Margaret Mills, and after that Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. I love to read.
My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Spotting a gap in the market for a particular line of books for first-time readers, and successfully testing the waters with a publication titled Beautiful Whanganui. Stead & Daughters is currently on a trajectory to continue with a wide variance of titles for first-time readers