Mike is our Accounts Manager here at Collaborate, bringing over 15 years experience working within children’s publishing. Mike is passionate about children’s books and how amazing worlds can be opened up for young minds when a strong visual language collaborates with powerful words. It is sometimes questioned whether he is buying books for his own children, or actually for himself! He has worked with publishers large and small, but the goal always remains the same; to serve the client and elevate the brief, while working with the very best illustrators in the business. Get in touch with Mike and the team to see how we can help with your next project.
1. What is your title at Collaborate, and how would you describe your role?
I am an Account Manager at Collaborate agency in the UK. My role is client focused, so forging relationships with new clients while building on and nurturing existing relationships.
2. Where are you located?
I’m located in South West London, it’s full of parks and open spaces and I’m a short walk from the River Thames, so it’s generally quite a lovely part of London.
3. What skills are essential to your role at Collaborate?
Working with a client to fulfill their needs over and above expectations requires not only strong communication skills but super organisational skills. The ability to problem solve will result not only in a great project but will also make a client want to collaborate in the future.
4. How long have you been working in children’s books?
Prior to joining Collaborate, I have experience working within publishing of one form or another for 15 years, with a specialisation within children’s book publishing in the past 8 years.
5. How collaborative is your role?
As I’m working with illustrators, commissioners and creatives within the industry, the collaboration aspect is 100% important; the creation of a project is a collaborative effort where we all have the same goal in mind.