It didn’t surprise me to learn that APA Executive Publisher Jasper Simons may have been an architect had he not joined the world of scholarly publishing. The mind inside the head of an architect can juggle numbers, lines, and angles, along with creative possibilities. Sounds a little like publishing to me!
With that, I am pleased to introduce you to Jasper Simons. Read on to hear what inspires him about scholarly publishing and what creative possibilities can and do exist. But, you’ll need to ask him yourself the story behind his delightfully silly profile photo. I have no idea! 🙂
Tell us a little bit about your background before you came to APA. I have worked in publishing companies large and small, and in for profit and not for profit settings. Most recently I worked at Thomson Reuters as a general manager in their Intellectual Property & Science division. Scholarly publishing has been my passion for many years. It was my first job out of college and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Science is truly global. It is a social endeavor where scholars collaborate to improve understanding of the world we live in. It is so valuable to be able to help move science forward and to help advance knowledge, whether that is in collaboration with esteemed researchers, or for the benefit of broader society. Who does not want to help make that happen?
In your mind, how does Magination Press fit within the realm of scholarly publishing or within the American Psychological Association? Magination Press leverages the rich understanding of human behavior and makes it accessible for children and their caregivers. It does not only improve human lives but also helps to create an interest in psychology for future generations.
What was surprising or different than you expected about MP? Magination Press offers such a smart way of engaging with children of all walks of life with clear stories and compelling visuals.
What would be your dream job, if you were not Executive Publisher at APA? I have always appreciated applied design, and would love to take a crack at being an architect.
When your publisher hat is off, what do you do for fun? Soccer is a great love of mine. I enjoy playing and watching. Unfortunately (for me) both my kids have moved on to other activities so I don’t coach anymore.
What children’s book was your favorite or made the most of an impact on you when you were growing up? Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I loved all Dahl’s work, and I have enjoyed passing that on to my son and daughter. I expect they would both pick The Twits as their favorite. Personally, I have really enjoyed reading the Junie B. Jones books to my kids. She’s hilarious!
What are you reading now? The Stand by Stephen King. I used to love his work when younger and never had a chance to read this piece. With my long commute, it’s perfect company. Generally, I read mostly classics or non-fiction.
Thanks, Jasper! –ke