I travelled to the land of Laurie Lee for my placement with Out of House Publishing, a publishing production company based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The company’s appeal for me lay in their provision of a comprehensive project management service for the academic and education publishers they work with.
I was warmly welcomed into a sunny office on my first day, and was invited straight into a project meeting with a large global education publishing house, for whom Out of House will be managing a series of history textbooks.
Having expressed a keen interest in experiencing the project management workflow from manuscript through to final deliverables, I happily got stuck into the various tasks that each stage involves: it was great to be given the opportunity to make a real contribution to the finished products, as well as practice my editorial skills. It was inspiring to see the level of detail exercised for every title: I was particularly impressed to see a red circle around an incorrectly-italicised comma in an 8pt index!
I was able to work on a wide variety of titles, covering art history, economics, world history and sociology, and I would like to thank the team for taking the time out of their busy schedules to talk me through a number of key learning points, including education publishing, processing new titles, and the various electronic formats for final deliverables, such as XML, LaTeX, ePub and MOBI.
Other highlights included afternoon ice lollies, and making friends with the office dog, Kayleigh – I knew I’d settled in when she started napping under my desk! It was a thoroughly worthwhile experience and I would like to thank the whole Out of House team for their time and guidance throughout the placement.