Farewell to Pema, our brilliant eCommerce Executive!
It has been an honour and a privilege to have Pema Monaghan on the Emma Press staff for the past year and a half, and it is bittersweet that today is her last day. I am 100% sad that she is leaving, and 100% happy that she is moving on to bigger things, at Penguin no less, and pursuing the path to her dreams.
Pema was my very first staff member, as the Arts Council England Elevate grant awarded in 2020 allowed me to expand my team at last (the pandemic meant I only started recruiting in 2021). I was very lucky to learn alongside her about training and managing staff, as it’s easy with someone bright and competent, and I am so thankful for the time she’s been able to spend at the EP, working on our direct sales, author support and submissions programmes.
She used her background as a bookseller to improve the information available for our key titles on our webshop, and she developed an ‘author menu’ to help our author promote their books, encouraging them to contribute videos for our YouTube channel, and essays and interviews for our blog.
Pema created the Writer’s Newsletter, a bimonthly e-newsletter full of inspiration and advice for people working on their manuscript, and developed our relaunched submissions programme, creating resources for writers preparing their proposals and running Twitter writeathons and Instagram Q&As.
She also designed the beautiful zines that go out with our webshop orders, and has been working on the first-ever EP print catalogue, which we will be launching next month.
Pema, you infused everything you did with imagination, quality, and nature motifs. You brought so much to the EP, and your legacy will be long-lasting here. Wishing you huge luck with all your plans and projects in the future – I can’t wait to see what you do next, and next, and next.