Name: Jackie Wilson
Position: Marketing Assistant
Hometown: Paris, KY
Tell us a little bit about your position at the press.
I collaborate with the sales and marketing director to promote our books. I write and edit promotional copy for the seasonal catalogs and book jacket covers; contact various writers, professors, and professionals to solicit advance quotes for our publications; represent the press at various exhibits, fairs, and shows; and help manage the press’s social media platforms to promote new releases, events, and features.
What’s one of your favorite UPK titles and why?
It’s very hard to narrow down, but The Birds of Opulence is just an exquisite piece of fiction.
What’s your favorite word?
My favorite saying is “no worries.”
Do you have a favorite font? If so, what is it?
My favorite fonts vary, depending on the day and my mood, but Candara tends to be my go-to font.
Did you always know you wanted to work in publishing? When you were a kid, did you want to do something different as an adult?
Initially I wanted to be a marriage counselor as a kid (go figure), but have always had a love for writing. After reading When and Where I Enter as a teen and becoming a staff writer for my high school newspaper, I aspired to be the managing editor of Essence. I’ve worked with a number of publications: The Charlotte Observer, Army Times Publishing, USA Today, and the Lexington Herald Leader. I’ve also closed-captioned television shows, and worked as a traffic manager with WDKY-Fox 56, but this is my first venture into book publishing.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? What’s a random factoid about yourself?
To commemorate my 50th birthday this year, I plan to get my first tattoo.
What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?
What’s your favorite song to sing at karaoke and why?
Surprisingly I’ve never done karaoke but if presented with the opportunity, I would probably choose a song by Journey.
Name three things you can’t live without.
A never-ending flow of iced tea (half-sweetened / half-unsweetened), lip gloss, and hugs and kisses from my kids, Shelby (13) and William Avery (11).
If you could have dinner with any three people—dead or alive, famous or not—who would it be and why?