Andy (Alexandra) Hine is the hugely talented Rights Director responsible for getting What Milo Saw into readers’ hands around the world. Little excites me more than receiving a box of translated books – when the Portuguese editions came through I did a jig around our garden. I am particularly thrilled that the German edition, Der Junge Der Mit Dem Hertzen Sah, came out yesterday as I was born in Germany and have many relatives there who are keen to meet dear, little Milo. Do turn to my books page and have a look at all the beautiful, foreign editions of Milo – 11 and counting!
Andy moved to the UK from the US in the late 1980s with her writer parents and after a few years working for various parts of the publishing industry, she became a full time Rights Executive for Little, Brown. In 2012 she won Rights Professional of the Year. My novels couldn’t be in better hands!
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Passionate. Industrious. Bibliophile
What do you love most about being a rights executive?
The books and authors I am honoured to be selling rights in and then discovering the books my foreign colleagues are publishing which evolves into the most incredible bonding with other people. You become intimates in an odd way – it’s a wonderful connection.
What do you find hardest about your job?
Failing to exploit rights – and it’s worst when I know another publisher loves a book but cannot get the ‘numbers’ to publish.
What kind of child were you?
Shy, loving and a bit of a worrier.
Where do you most love reading?
Everywhere but probably bed is best.
What super power would you love to have?
I’m torn between being invisible and flying – can I be both?
What book or author do you wish you’d sold the rights to? Perhaps one that got away…
Do you have a favourite drink or snack you turn to when you’re working?
Dried fruit and nuts at work as well as dark chocolate and I love liquorice as a reading snack.
Are there any writing tics that make your toes curl?
Yes – I get tired of clichés or too may adjectives and I don’t like endless sentences (unless written by a writer I love).
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Winning Rights Professional of the year 2012
Tell us something quirky about the publishing industry that most people wouldn’t know.
Not sure about ‘quirky’ but here’s a fact: publishing is really a full-time industry. The image of editors sitting at desks editing or rights people sitting at desks reading prospective projects is long out of date – much of that work is all done away from the office.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be?
Such a difficult question, there might be any number dead and living I would choose and it may change from moment to moment but this morning I shall say Colette.
What are you reading for pleasure at the moment?
What’s your favourite word (in English or any other language)?
I don’t have one favourite word. This morning I’d say ‘basta’ – Italian for enough.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Live in the day and try to enjoy every moment.
Who or what inspires you?
My Father, Alfred Blakelee Hine (memory of)
What’s your Desert Island book?
Tell us about an exciting book you are working on today.
The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Virginia Macgregor!
What do you do when you’re not working?
Read (!), walk, travel, endless errands
What three tips would you give aspiring writer?
- Have an outline of some sorts so the whole of the book is planned
- Avoid clichés
- Develop your own style – don’t imitate another writer