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Sarah Cole (she/her) is passionate about publishing as a platform for change. Her teaching emphasizes international perspectives on publishing, digital innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as the complete end-to-end publishing process with a special interest in ideation, development editing, business development, and contracts.

Before joining Emerson, Sarah was most recently a Publishing Director at John Murray Press, a division of Hachette UK, where she managed four imprints: Chambers, Teach Yourself, John Murray Learning and Michel Thomas. Her book publishing career has taken her from New York to London, from education to trade publishing houses, and from traditional book publishing to trailblazing digital innovation. 

Her publishing highlights include Nautilus-prize-winning Poems from the Edge of Extinction, a collection of poems in endangered and indigenous languages; Everyday Shakespeare, featuring quotes from the lesser-known corners of Shakespeare's plays and poems; the world's naughtiest dictionary, Words from Hell, an exploration of the etymology of foul words, and courses to teach over 70 languages.

As part of the Special Projects Team at Cambridge University Press (UK), Sarah was responsible for publishing the first fully online ELT course and established a new Online Learning Department. At Hachette UK, she launched both the bestselling e-commerce website and native apps, as well as The Language Podcast.



B.A., Binghamton University (SUNY)
M.A., New York University

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Publishing
  • Editing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Publishing