Interning at Fledgling Press

While I was at the London Book Fair in April, I was lucky enough to bump  into Clare Cain, a woman from my undergrad course. Since graduating, she had become CEO of Fledgling Press, a small independent publishers specialising in new authors. After a coffee and a brief insight into the company, I was invited along to the next meeting.

As the Fledgling team are small in number, I was in a unique position where I was given a number of jobs across all areas and was involved in everything from organising an author visit to schools, to helping out with a book launch (pictured is the team after the event) and even editing the first draft of a novel.

Most of my work was done from home but once a week the staff met to discuss any progress from previous meetings. In this environment, every opinion was valued and I soon found myself settling in to lively discussion on book covers and marketing strategies – something I did not expect before I started my placement.

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One Million Books, One Million People, One Night

by Paula Igoe, Anna Murray, Monika Ciska, Stacey Wadsworth and Benedicte Soteras

The first ever World Book Night will take place on the 5th March, two days after the World Book Day.

The Night aims to be a ‘celebration of reading, writing and sharing’ (Antony Gormley, Patron) through a collaboration between publishers, writers, booksellers and libraries. However, the readers are the real drive behind this.

In 2009, Jamie Byng of Canongate came up with the idea that others from the industry, such as Random House, Faber and Faber and The Bookseller, quickly adopted.  Since then it has been set up as a charitable company.

On the night, 20,000 volunteers will give away a million books, from twenty-five fiction and non-fiction titles selected from major publishers like Penguin and Bloomsbury as well as Independent Publishers such as Profile Books and Sceptre

There has already been coverage from the BBC and national and local newspapers, helped by support from The Publishers Association, The Reading Agency and various famous figures.

There is still time to get involved and become a giver by applying online at http://www.worldbooknight.org.