Since we launched in 2018, Lightning Media Partners has grown exponentially, warranting new positions to fill with experienced and passionate individuals. One of those positions was an Editorial Assistant, for which we hired our newest employee, Emily Rosman.
Emily immediately impressed us with her unique background in publishing (she previously worked for Penguin Random House and Hachette Book Group!), as well as her professionalism and personality. Not only does she have the right expertise to bring to LMP, she also fits in seamlessly with our team (we’ve already discussed important topics, such as the best fast-food pizza places and the importance of the Oxford comma).
Emily has a master’s degree in Publishing: Print and Digital Media, and another in French Studies, and she’s currently pursuing a PhD in translation at Binghamton University. She’s also lived in France for two years and loves reading, hiking, learning new languages, and exploring new places.
We asked Emily a few questions about her work experience, morning routine, and how she feels about joining the LMP team.
1. What influenced your decision to work in publishing?
I’ve been an avid reader my whole life and have always wanted to help others find a “home” for their stories. I started working in trade book publishing with the drive to help as many diverse voices be heard as possible. Since then, I’ve started to make the transition toward digital publishing where I can more directly help others in a more streamlined and efficient way than in print.
2. What are you most passionate about when it comes to digital publishing and marketing?
I love the idea of helping companies to shape their brands or identities. I think clear messaging is key to the spread of accessible information, and working in digital publishing/marketing allows me to have a hand in that process.
3. Describe your typical morning routine.
I get up at 6:30 every morning and teach English lessons to Chinese students using an online learning platform. I’ve been doing this nearly every day for two years and love to see my regular students. Then, I make coffee and eat breakfast around 8:30 before starting my workday with LMP! On my days off, I use my normal morning work hours to catch up on my reading.
4. What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received (work- or non-work-related)?
That a work-life balance is necessary! I lived in France for two years and when I moved there originally, I had a lot of difficulty at first when I tried to relax. I was so used to the fast pace of living and working in Manhattan. But once I embraced the French lifestyle and learned how to balance my personal and professional lives, I found I was actually more productive in both. That’s something I love about LMP—the team encourages this healthy balance!
5. How do you feel about joining the LMP Team?
I’m super excited to join the LMP Team! I feel very grateful to have a group of coworkers who have made me feel welcomed immediately and two very understanding and kind co-founders who are there to guide me when I need it.
1. Favorite book? This is such a hard question and this answer changes monthly. Probably The Girls by Emma Cline, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, or All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (for now).
2. Best time of the day? I love both sunrise and sunset.
3. City or country? A bit of both! I love to live in the country but visit cities.
4. Beach or mountains? Mountains.
5. Coffee or tea? Coffee all the way (specifically, Dunkin Donuts iced coffee).
6. Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction for pleasure, but I also love reading nonfiction books about feminism, sociology, and linguistics.
7. Oxford comma or no Oxford comma? (Tread lightly.) I fiercely support the Oxford comma.
8. The song you can’t stop replaying right now: Really anything from Taylor Swift or Olivia Rodrigo.
9. Quick fun fact about you: I’m in the process of learning Chinese, Italian, and Spanish!
10. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Curious, and Reliable.