I’ve struggled to find work experience in the publishing industry for a few years now.
There aren’t many opportunities in the North, with publishing houses being “too small to facilitate any experience” (
an actual response I once got), and London being too expensive for someone who spent all their savings on simply surviving at university.
UCLan Publishing was the first publishing house to offer me a productive and universal experience in the world of publishing. I reached out to them one day in summer – just on the off chance they could give me something – and I didn’t hear back for months. But I woke to a random email one day, asking if I wanted to join them the following week, and I was thrilled.
I gained skills in editorial to marketing, sales to publicity.
I spent a lot of time in editorial. The team wanted to encourage my interest in that area; they wanted to push me and help me develop skills. My main responsibilities were reading through manuscripts, writing reader reports, creating blurbs, and looking at sensitivity reports.
I gained an insight into the current market of both middle-grade and young adult fiction, learning what types of stories would be successful in such a competitive industry. My favourite part of the placement was getting to read through all the manuscripts; it’s amazing to see how stories transform from drafts to fully published novels. And how the editor helps to shape the story into what it is. I can’t wait to be that person one day.