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10 Questions: Luke Block, Psychology Publisher At MIHE

by Luke Block 30th July 2019

We get to know MIHE's Psychology Publisher, Luke Block, with our 10 questions

1. Who are you? Where are you based?

I'm Luke Block, the Publisher for Psychology and I'm based at the Springer Nature campus in London.

2. How would you describe what you do at MIHE?

I publish Psychology textbooks for the Red Globe Press imprint.

3. What's the most interesting thing you've worked on since you've been here?

Psychology European Edition by Daniel Schacter et al. It's one of the best-selling textbooks in the UK and has had an incredible amount of success over the years. It's a global team effort and I've loved being a part of that and working closely with our UK adapting author Professor Bruce Hood.

4. What's the most interesting thing you can see from your desk right now?

The immaculate and perfectly-presented Politics and International Relations bookshelf. It's a testament to the editorial team. I can also see a brilliant stick-person drawing by my 4-year old son.

5. What book are you reading at the minute? What do you think of it?

Future Politics by Jamie Susskind. It's in equal turns fascinating and slightly terrifying.

6. What's the one thing you love most about working at MIHE?

The people. There is a real creativity and originality of ideas here. Publishing is changing fast and it's a joy to work with people who want to be at the leading edge of that change.

7. What advice would you give to someone looking to find their first job in publishing?

You don't need to pick a specific department. Many people move from marketing or sales to editorial or production. Get lots of good work experience while you are at university (it doesn't need to be publishing specifically) and make as many contacts as you can while you're there.

8. What's a TV programme you watched recently that you'd recommend?

Stranger Things season 3. It's a bit of a slow burner but the performances have been amazing and it's still as gruesome and funny as ever. An unashamed nostalgia-fest.

9. Describe your typical working day

It varies a lot depending on where I am. Coffee first then I might be running through overnight emails, planning my meetings for that day as well as catching up quickly with people in the office. There are always new projects to get off the ground in some way so I might also be reviewing draft chapters, looking over a proposal or reviewing sales figures. I do like to get out of the office at lunchtime and the canal is a great place to gather some energy and take a break. In the afternoon I might be presenting a new book at our Major Project Meeting and then having 1-2-1 meetings with my team. I have a pretty hefty commute home to Kent so I try and leave on time. I really look forward to reading at least one story to my son before his bedtime.

10. What's an interesting fact we might not know about you?

I've written an unpublished crime novel and recorded an album with a three-piece rock band. My guitar is currently gathering dust in the loft which is rightly shameful.
Featured image credit: Photo of Lara, Luke's dog. 'This is my dog, Lara on holiday in the Peak District last year. She has been my constant companion over the past 11 years and I'd be lost without her.'