Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite independent book publisher? If you've been following this series, then you've already met the key players from our editorial staff, as well as members of our production, publicity, and sales and marketing teams. Today the Overlook employee spotlight returns to catch up with Contracts and Subsidiary Rights Manager Amy Yang, the legal whiz responsible for handling contract negotiations with authors and agents, drafting and revising contract amendments, and licensing titles for creative partnerships with book clubs and other literary organizations. If you've ever passed the time on a long car ride with an Overlook audio cassette (or podcast, for those living in the 21st century) or picked up four books for the price of one through the History Book Club, then you've got Amy to thank. Welcome, Amy!
OP: Describe your job in 140 characters or less.
AY: As the Contracts Manager, I basically ensure that Overlook and the Author are on the same page. As the Subsidiary Rights Manager, I form partnerships with a variety of licensees, e.g. Audible.com, Direct Brands, etc. to get our books to as many readers as we can.
OP: What are you currently reading?
AY: The Age of Innocence, After Annie, Happier than a Billionaire, What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, and Ethics.
OP: What is your favorite book that Overlook has published?
AY: The Bauhaus: Masters & Students by Themselves by Frank Whitford
OP: If you didn't work in publishing, what would you be doing?
AY: Writing, eating and traveling, repurposing anything and everything.
OP: What is your favorite word (Can be in any language -bonus points if there is a funny/interesting story behind it).
AY: Quintana Roo (State in Mexico).