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Suzanne Collier wins the Pandora Award

We are delighted to announce that at an awards ceremony last night, Women in Publishing honoured Suzanne Collier with the Pandora Award ‘for a significant and sustained contribution to the publishing industry’.

On being given the award Suzanne said:

“If you know the story of Pandora, you will know that when she opened her box she let evil and chaos loose in the world and the only thing left in the box was hope. I would like to share my box of hope with every woman in publishing in that I hope that you are doing a job you love, that your career aspirations are fulfilled and that you are paid the salary that you so richly deserve. This is very significant today, when the unemployment figures show that there are more women unemployed than at any time since 1988; I would like to share my hope with those women, in that I hope that they too will find a job that they love.”

Suzanne commented later “Winning the Pandora award is such a great honour. As a young girl in publishing, and through the years, I have stood at the WIP awards, and watched as many great names in publishing, such as Carmen Callil and Judy Piatkus have been awarded this prize. To know that my name is added to that list means more to me than any words can say. Thank you to all those who nominated and voted for me.”

Suzanne Collier wins the Pandora Award

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6 Responses to Suzanne Collier wins the Pandora Award

  1. Meg McAllister 15/12/2011 at 11:02 #

    I have yet to have the honour of being an official member of Women in Publishing, though I am a part of the organisation’s LinkedIn group. Joining is at the top of my agenda for the new year. What I think is so wonderful (and important) about organisations such as this is that those of us in publishing often sacrifice a lot to be in the industry. Let’s face it, it’s not a lucrative career for most. As a PR specialist I could make twice as much consulting with any of the industry. We love books, we believe in the publishing industry despite its numerous faults, and we’re committed to helping authors navigate what can be a rocky and dangerous road on their journey to publish and market their books. It’s really less a career and more a vocation in my opinion.

    Organisations like WIP validate that the hardwork of many does not go unnoticed and is appreciated and applauded. It also brings women in the industry together in a supportive community. I know that, for me, it’s wonderful to see an organisation include so many women whose contribution and accomplishments I respect so much. And on an equally personal note, it thrills me to see you be honoured for your tireless efforts for the industry and those who work in it. In the past year you’ve gone from mere “network connection” to real friend, and knowing the struggles that you deal with every day, and that you don’t allow them to keep you from taking an active role and being a passionate voice in the industry, makes me admire and respect you even more.

  2. Jaine Keskeys 15/12/2011 at 12:34 #

    You have helped me so much and provided support when I really needed it. After being made redundant you told me to keep the faith and sure enough, with some CV tweaking, I got a new job. You also gave me good advice when I felt bullied in the workplace. You are a star and this award is well deserved. Thank you for everything Suzanne!

  3. Sam Arnold 15/12/2011 at 13:44 #

    This couldn’t have been given to someone more deserving. I have been given some great advice by you in the past, and tough I am still trying to find focus in publishing I feel some comfort knowing that this site is here. Congratulations.

  4. Katy Banyard 15/12/2011 at 18:58 #

    A well deserved award. I remember how supportive you were when we went through all that drama with our jobs. I had only known you for a short time but you were happy to offer your advice.

  5. Margaret Byron 20/12/2011 at 12:28 #

    Proof, if it were needed, that you provide a valuable and much needed service. We live in uncertain times in an industry constantly changing. I can attest to how much you helped and supported me when I was planning my next move and I really couldn’t have done it without you. Long may you continue.

  6. admin 04/01/2012 at 12:47 #

    Thank you all so much for the lovely comments. I have been overwhelmed by the number of brilliant messages and emails I’ve received since winning. I hope you all having the career success you deserve and wish you all a very happy New Year. Suzanne x

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