In celebration of our 25th anniversary of children's publishing we are delighted to present the inaugural edition of Onion Origins.
The Job Interview
A two-storey terrace house,
narrow timber stairs,
following the Publisher...
She looks back down at me,
'You're not who I thought you were.'
Bare floorboards in the large front room,
trestle table for a desk
and large fat folder with all the applications.
I hand over the sample manuscripts,
edited to show my approach to the texts,
and a couple of my favourite picture books,
including The Tomten, (that kindly gnome who goes about the farm at night, talking to the animals in a silent language that animals understand).
We had a second interview at her house,
relaxed and friendly over lunch,
and I heard later that she'd said
interviewing would be easier if she could do it in the applicant's lounge room,
then she'd know a whole lot more.
But she gave me a chance
and handed over books and authors,
trusting me to care for them,
which made it possible for me
to be what I thought I could be.
And I've been here ever since.
- Sue Flockhart, Commissioning Editor