By McKenna Freiss
We're looking back on some of our past interns to see where they are now and ask them about their experience working for Overcup. This week, we're spotlighting Denise Morales Soto, book designer and editor at A Kid's Book About!
Tell us a little about what you've been working on at A Kid's Book About.
Since I started at A Kids Book About, we’ve worked on so many wonderful kids' books and pushing the limits of what that looks like, so that’s been really fun! Just reimagining what a kid’s book can be and achieve. It’s been very interesting tackling these very difficult topics through the lens of a child and finding new and creative ways to explain something in a way that they would understand and resonate with them while not talking down to them or oversimplifying it. I’ve honestly learned so much, it’s crazy.
What do you love most about your job? And what's one thing that surprised you about working in publishing that you didn't anticipate?
Working remotely! No one saw that coming I’m sure, but boy was it so helpful. My work at AKBA has been completely remote from the moment I started (given the state of the world in 2020) and Overcup really helped me get used to that in a publishing sense. Knowing how to hold myself accountable, set schedules, how to communicate, and keeping everyone up to date and informed, it’s been invaluable skill to me.
We'd love to know - What's your favorite book? Also, what are you reading right now? And what's your most anticipated read on your TBR list?
Currently, I’m reading Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (which is SO GOOD!!!), and my TBR just keeps getting bigger and bigger, but I’m really looking forward to reading Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega. It sounds like everything I didn’t know I wanted in a book and I can’t wait to pick it up.
What are you looking forward to in the future in book publishing?
I love books and I love book publishing, so my dream is for it to be more accessible and open to everyone who shares that same passion. No one should have to sacrifice their comfort, security, or health to follow their dreams or do what they love. The way publishing works now keeps a lot of very specific people out, and that’s not okay. It never has been. Opening up the gates and allowing for more opportunities for marginalized and underrepresented folks will not only have a great impact on those individuals' lives and their communities, but it will mean great things for the industry, for the readers, and for books.
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