The True Test of Success Doesn't Involve Typing
When Elizabeth Doble took an entry-level job with John Wiley & Sons, it's not likely she had aspirations for the vice presidency. She was more concerned with typing—or avoiding it. "When I began looking for a job, I looked at many different industries, and landed at the one company that didn't require a typing test at that time for an entry-level job. I liked it, and I've been here ever since," explains Doble.
Twenty-six years later, it seems that for both her and Wiley, the no-typing-test policy was a fateful blessing. As vice president of Wiley's professional and trade division, Doble oversees book and e-book production in more than a dozen subject areas, and she supervises the group that handles design, in-house page layout and illustration creation, scanning and proofing.
All together, Wiley has more than 20,000 active titles and about 400 journals, and publishes about 2,000 new titles in print and electronic formats every year. And, it has some 3,500 employees worldwide. "Managing a large production group with many diverse product lines, each having very specific requirements," is Doble's No. 1 challenge, she says.
Despite the company's size, it strives for a team environment, a noble endeavor that also presents challenges. "Maintaining our consensus-oriented work environment," Doble explains, is, in fact, also among the biggest challenges she faces. "Wiley strongly believes that a team environment allows you to reach the best decisions. Production, marketing and editorial work closely together, and each area contributes to the decision."
THE BIG PICTURE
No job is without its challenges, but book-publishing executives sure face some doozies. "In the short term, responding to the tighter bookstore ordering cycles, especially in the current paper market," says Doble, is a daunting task. "Longer term—new delivery media: integrating electronic product, both e-books and online delivery, and better utilizing print-on-demand technology."