Please welcome publicity intern Nick Kinni to our “Introducing AMACOM” series. Nick started with us as a rookie in June 2009 and has been working with us ever since (Irene and I are shocked we haven’t driven him away yet).
What were you doing before you joined AMACOM?
After spending the best summer of my life in Peru for a literary and visual arts program, I graduated with my Bachelors in English and Minor in writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Post-graduation I moved up to New York City and worked part time with various non-profit organizations.
What are some of your responsibilities as a publicity intern?
Essentially, I write a range of press materials including, galley letters, press releases, blog posts, fact sheets and various pitches. I also assist Alice and Irene in launching online and radio campaigns for upcoming titles, which includes: building review lists, contacting media, and coordinating author interviews for each campaign. Researching and managing our social media tools is also one of my major responsibilities. Those annoying Facebook updates? Yeah, that’s me… On top of that, I regularly carry out clerical duties such as mailing, researching new media, filing, shelving books, and updating review lists.
What are the big challenges you face in your job?
Prioritizing between my individual projects and administrative duties is by far the most challenging thing about my internship. I tend to get into a zone with my projects and ignore most things going on around me including a building mailing list, or the leaning tower of press clips waiting to be filed.
What AMACOM book are you really excited about right now?
I am really excited about Chocolate Fortunes: The Battle for the Hearts, Minds, and Wallets of China’s Consumers by Lawrence L. Allen. It is about the “Big Five” chocolate producers, and their successes and failures in China. I am just fascinated at how the Chinese market has given birth to a massive consumer class with little to no influence from western business. 25 years ago the Chinese had never even tasted a piece of chocolate and now the “Big Five” are all scrambling to get a share of the market. Also, chocolate is just delicious, and it makes what would have been “just another business book on China” a fun read.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I am almost done with classic philosophy/spiritual/adventure novel, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. A good friend of mine picked it up for me after a particularly taxing philosophical debate on the nature of mankind and I have to say that it has been a fantastic read. Once you get over the fact that it’s a philosophical conversation between a man and a gorilla, the intricacies of their dialogue present some really engaging theories. One theory I found particularly interesting ties the biblical story of Cain and Abel to the agricultural revolution—Abel represents the Semitic herding societies of Mesopotamia and Cain represents the rapidly expanding farming cultures of the Tigris and the Euphrates. I could go on forever about the type of conclusions they draw from this connection but I will let you find out for yourself. The best part of this book is the way the chapters are organized, and narrative is guided. It allows you to digest each conversation and form your own conclusions, which makes it much more accessible than other philosophy novels that seem to talk at you instead of with you.
What book do you want everyone to discover?
I have recently finished The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson. First and foremost the book is cleverly framed. An editor/narrator presents the book as research of the case of Gideon Mack, a faithless Scottish Minister who miraculously survived a fall into a gorge only to resurface three days later proclaiming that the Devil saved him. Soon after, Mack vanishes and his body is found months later. Upon researching the story, he stumbles upon the autobiographical “Testament of Gideon Mack”, which constitutes most of the novel. In the “Testament” you don’t just explore religious truths and doubts, but dive into the inner life of Gideon Mack through beautifully written, suspenseful, and sometimes hilarious narrative. This is the type of book that will stay with you long after you read it…just writing this now is making me want to pick it up again.
Any last words?
Let’s Go Yankees!
Editor’s Note: We also have Mets fans in the office.
Thank you Nick!