Wednesday, December 07, 2011

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Michael Goldsmith, Publicity

Welcome back to Overlook's employee spotlight feature! Our now-monthly series introduces you to the brains and beauty behind your favorite indie publisher. How many people does it take to publish 100 quality works of fiction and nonfiction a year? You are well on your way to finding out.

Today we have for you one of the newest members of Overlook's publicity team, Michael Goldsmith. Michael made the trek to New York City from Boston after graduating from Tufts University. When he isn't reading tweets and gossip blogs, he can be found at your neighborhood ramen shop, consuming unhealthy quantities of pork broth.

Welcome, Michael!

OP: Describe your job in 140 characters or less.

MG: I try to get journalists and bloggers to talk about our books in a flattering way. I also contribute content to our blog/SM. #publicity

OP: What are you currently reading?

MG: I just finished reading Blue Nights by Joan Didion and Sempre Susan by Sigrid Nunez. They’re both memoirs, but told in very different ways.

OP: What is your favorite book that Overlook has published?

MG: Tough one. I’m a big fan of The Late Great Creature by Brock Brower. I also love the entire Portis list.

OP: If you didn't work in publishing, what would you be doing?

MG: At this stage in my life, I would probably be a struggling grad student. I’m happy to be employed.

OP: What is your favorite word (Can be in any language. Bonus points if there is a funny/interesting story behind it).
MG: Does “Lolcats” count? It was the name of my freshman year college radio show. Who doesn’t love an adorable meme?
Thanks for sharing!
Be sure to check back soon when we spotlight another industrious Overlooker here on The Winged Elephant.

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