London – Day Three – Faber & Faber

London – Day Three – Faber & Faber

My third and final day in London involved a morning meeting with the art director of Faber and Faber, Donna Payne and two of her designers. Faber is a British publishing company that mainly publishes adult fiction and poetry, though more recently they’ve also expanded into children’s publishing.

There were three of us who attended the meeting and we each took turns showing them our books. I went first (I think only because I accidentally caught Donna’s eye haha) and let them leaf through my book in their own time. The feedback I received was very positive and encouraging. I was told my work, apparently unusually, would suit both adult and children’s literature which I found surprising because I myself wasn’t sure where my work sits, audience-wise. Having her designers looking alongside her made it all the more nerve-wracking, just for the reason I had three working professionals looking at and discussing my work with me in the room.

I needn’t have worried though, as it turns out, they were all very positive towards my work and even said something along the lines of them seeing me doing book covers.

My feedback ended with the very encouraging advice, that my next step is basically to get an agent and get working. I couldn’t have asked for better feedback and would love to work with the Faber team in the future (hopefully), as they were so welcoming and lovely to us.