It can be daunting when you are first starting out in the publishing industry. There is a lot of information to take in and it can be very difficult to know where to start, where you want to be and how to get the most out of an internship. But just try to remember that the industry is full of people who want you to succeed and are always willing to help. I have written a piece on my experience as a publishing intern at Floris Books as a way to help other publishing hopefuls like myself.

The Scottish publishing industry is dynamic, diverse and fiercely independent.

A Little Bit About Me

I am currently studying the MSc Publishing course at Edinburgh Napier University. I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History from Glasgow University and it was during this time where it became my dream to develop a career within the publishing industry specifically in Scotland.

I knew just how hard it could be to get hands-on experience in the industry and to get the opportunity to intern at Floris was hugely exciting. The Scottish publishing industry is dynamic, diverse and fiercely independent and I could not think of a better company to begin my Scottish publishing journey with.

One of the first days of my placement working from home.

What I Got Up to At Floris

My internship took place in the marketing department, a vibrant, busy and extremely creative team, who help champion and promote Floris’ diverse list of books. Whilst the beginning of my placement was remote, I was able to come to the office on numerous occasions to work with the team which was a rewarding experience. The Floris office is open, friendly, full of wonderful books and next to a beautiful canal.

The picturesque setting outside of the Floris office.

I was lucky enough to work on various marketing projects for Floris’ beautiful children’s titles. I became accustomed to multiple databases, scheduling systems and CRM software such as Hootsuite and MailChimp which have provided me with a greater understanding of how marketers manage their workloads. I also comprised an email bulletin for their world-renowned Astrid Lindgren collection, created press releases, designed social media images and copy on InDesign, scheduled social media content, collated research on influencers, helped with AI sheets and even got to craft my very own Magical Window Star. 

What I Learnt During My Time at Floris

Marketing is a department that is constantly reviewing, evaluating and improving the content they produce. The importance of being able to self-reflect, tailor content and manage schedules and budgets is crucial to success.

The team at Floris are incredibly dedicated and generous with their time despite being very busy. I came to this internship with the idea that marketing in children’s books was the route for me and whilst this experience has further solidified that desire it has also provided me with a fantastic insight into the workings of an entire publishing house.

Being a smaller, independent press the Floris team work together closely and all chip in to help each other. There are many different elements to publishing a book and at this stage it is a privilege to be able to take the opportunity to learn as much as possible from every department. I definitely know now more than ever before that this is the industry for me and have learnt skills that I could transfer to any department. An internship can not only help you learn about the industry but also your own capabilities.

Floris Books Logo.
Image Credit: https://www.florisbooks.co.uk/index.php

My 5 Top Tips for Publishing Hopefuls

Push yourself out of your comfort zone and be open to learning new skills and taking risks.

Ask as many questions as possible! No question is a silly question. Speak to other departments and see if you can help with anything.

Write a list of goals you want to achieve during your internship and continue to add to this as you go.

Keep a diary and take time to reflect on what you have learnt each week. This is great to refer back to once you have finished and are looking for new opportunities.

Last but not least – enjoy your time at your internship! You can be nervous, it can go extremely fast and, whilst balancing a masters course, you can be very busy. But it is such a valuable and unique experience to get to work so closely with industry professionals and directly with books.


Special Thanks to:

Elaine, Suzanne, Kirsten, Ali and the rest of the team at Floris Books.

Check out Floris and their books here. Floris recruit annually for placements so keep an eye out for opportunities at Jobs at Floris.