Episode 8: Finding Your Place in Publishing with Heidi Waechtler

March 21, 2023
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In this episode of FCAT After School, Genevieve speaks with Heidi Waechtler, the director of sales and distribution at Figure 1 Publishing. 

From directing the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia and finishing her Master’s thesis nearly a decade after her coursework, Heidi sheds light on finding a meaningful place in the publishing industry.

Guest Bio:

Heidi Waechtler (MPub cohort 2011–12) is currently director of sales and distribution at Figure 1 Publishing, a leading publisher of high-quality illustrated books. She's held roles including executive director of the Association of Book Publishers of BC, managing editor at Toronto's Coach House Books, and visiting faculty at SFU Publishing. She lives in Port Moody, BC on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō Nations.

Twitter: @HeidiWaechtler
LinkedIn: Heidi Waechtler

Host Bio:

Genevieve (Gen) Cheng is a final semester Communication major and Publishing minor who loves to make homemade sushi, take in new movies at local theatres, and is currently occupied leash training her kitten.

Instagram: @gen.cheng
LinkedIn: Genevieve Cheng

Additional Resources & Mentions:

Hypothes.is – a great resource for annotating digital text files!

Episode Produced by Genevieve Cheng and Stacey Copeland

Theme music: Chad Crouch “Illustrated Novel” is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0