We had the good fortune of connecting with Terri Accomazzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Terri, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind our success is the passion our whole team brings to every project at Angel City Press; we publish a relatively small number of books each year, which allows us to focus on every detail, ensuring that every page and spread in the book is exactly how we’d like it. All the books we publish are books we’d personally like to own—we don’t take on projects unless we’re excited and inspired by them. We sign books by authors who have spent nights and weekends researching topics, digging in archives, and unearthing photos that have never been seen in print before. I think all of this dedication is visible in our books, and really comes through for our readers.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Taking on this role at Angel City Press was a big leap for me, personally and professionally. I had been working at a large, corporate, academic publisher in a role that was very stable but not very fulfilling. I knew my heart was with ACP, but it felt daunting to walk away from the health care plan, the 401(k), and the relative comfort of knowing what the next few years would bring. Quitting my job felt like a gamble, but it was easily the best decision I’ve ever made. When I started following my own goals and dreams, instead of those handed down to me through several layers of corporate management, everything else started falling into place. I always think of an old Russian sailor’s proverb that says “pray to god, but row towards shore.” Everything good in my career has come from a combination of trust and effort.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I always bring visitors to LA to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and the Velaslavasay Panorama. Both are really magical, original spaces run by brilliant and creative people—there’s nothing like them anywhere else. As a book lover, I never miss a chance to introduce someone new to the Central Library. In addition to housing a mountain of books, the building itself is a treasure, and their galleries always have some of the best exhibits in the city. I also have a real soft spot for the Griffith Observatory—it’s such a beautiful building, especially at night. I never drive there, I always walk—the sweaty uphill journey is an important part of the process! When you get to the top you’re presented with a beautiful building and beautiful views, in a place that’s welcoming to everyone in the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my Shoutout to the publishers at Angel City Press—Paddy Calistro and Scott McAuley—who have been my bosses, mentors, and family for the last thirteen years.