Name: Patty Weber
Position: Production and Service Center Manager
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Social Media Handles: @bookswrangler on Twitter
Alma mater; major; minor: B.A. in Art History from Goucher College; MLA in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University
Tell us a little bit about your position at UPK.
I head up the Production department, and the soon-to-be-launched Publishing Services Center. Production is what happens at the end of the process of getting the book published: doing the typesetting, designing the cover, and getting the book printed and shipped. The Publishing Services Center offers all kinds of solutions to different kinds of projects, from journals to logo design to one-off special printings.
What’s one of your favorite UPK titles and why?
I got caught up reading Kentucky Heirloom Seeds by Bill Best and Dobree Adams when I was checking a book proof; it sucked me in!
If someone was visiting Kentucky for the first time and you were their tour guide, where would you take them? Any specific restaurants, landmarks, etc.?
I am a newcomer to Kentucky; I’m the one who needs the tour guide!
Do you have a favorite font? If so, what is it?
I love Doves Type, for the amazing story behind it.
Did you know you wanted to work in publishing? When you were a kid, did you want to do something different as an adult?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be the person who names the Crayola colors.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? What’s a random factoid about yourself?
I collect pins! I have a bunch of brooches – some old, some new, some pretty, and some just wacky.
What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik after it sat in my To-Read pile for a while, and I love it! It has a classic fairytale or folklore kind of flavor, and I couldn’t put it down.
If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say? Do you have a personal motto?
A positive attitude can be the secret to success. My motto is “It’s going to be great!”
If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
I still think it would be fun to name the Crayola colors.