Back in October I was lucky enough to secure an internship with Floris Books, a small but dynamic independent Scottish publisher who specialise in children’s picture books and an impressive non-fiction range. The worst thing about my internship with Floris was that it had to end. Even though I spent 9 months interning with them, I was sad that I had to leave.

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From the very start of my internship the lovely Floris team made me feel welcome, quickly getting rid of any worries I had about what it would be like to be ‘the intern’. Not only do Floris have a well-stocked tea cupboard with more options than I could have imagined but when the office was a bit chilly I would regularly be offered a hot water bottle. They couldn’t have made me feel more at home!

Floris may be a small publisher, but they’re making a big name for themselves and I was very happy to be able to experience the launch of their Kelpies Teen imprint in March this year. I was lucky enough to get to help out at the launch and even meet some of the authors! I also got to proofread the entire manuscript of Lari Don’s Mind Blind shortly before it went to print. Suddenly holding a red pen felt like a huge responsibility… but as my internship progressed I’ve gained more and more confidence in my editorial abilities and am no longer afraid of that red pen!

10152674_10203643959246074_5537789588170626592_nThroughout my time at Floris I got to work on a variety of tasks for both editorial and marketing. I got to put my newly acquired InDesign skills to the test on a variety of marketing material and to hone my editorial skills on a range of books. As Floris are such a small team, it was a great opportunity for me to observe how a small publisher operates and how each department interacts. The great thing about being there for 9 months was that I got to see different stages of the publishing process and got an insight into how a real commercial publisher operates.

Even when I was given more basic intern tasks to do, such as binding manuscripts or mailing out huge piles of AI sheets and press releases, it was an invaluable learning experience for me. Although I won’t miss the neighbourhood cats staring at me intensely when I was trying to focus on editorial tasks…

I’m so grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received during my time at Floris. I can’t imagine a better company to intern for and would highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to get some firsthand experience within publishing!