Susan has worked in book publishing for over twenty years. Her varied experience in the industry covers publicity, sales, rights, editorial and commissioning. She has lived and worked in France, Germany, England and the U.S., as well as her native Northern Ireland. Susan has an MA in French and German from St. Andrew’s University and a postgraduate diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies from the London College of Printing.
Throughout her publishing career, Susan has particularly enjoyed being involved in the setting up and implementation of new ventures and initiatives. Before founding The Feldstein Agency with her husband Paul, she was most recently Commissioning Editor for Northern Ireland (2003-2006) for Dublin publishers Gill & Macmillan. Susan’s brief there was to establish a new non-fiction list by local authors. The list achieved projected income targets by year two, exceeded these in the third year of operation, and indeed, continues to thrive for Gill and Macmillan to this day.
Prior to this, Susan worked for Belfast publisher Blackstaff Press (1996-2002), where she set up a rights department which contributed significantly to the company’s revenue from a zero base after the first two years. In 1999, she was promoted to Commissioning Editor at Blackstaff, and remained there for the next three years, collaborating with authors such as Michael Longley, Sean MacMahon, David McKittrick, Bernard MacLaverty and Jonathan Bardon.
Susan’s early experience in publishing included working in the rights department at A. and C. Black in London and in sales and promotions for Longman France in Paris. Prior to this, she spent several years in bookselling, managing the children’s department of an English language bookshop in Paris.