Working for Bloomsbury Publishing…

…or how my work placement hunt turned into an unexpected job opportunity with one of UK’s leading publishing houses

I was in London, for what I thought would be one month only, in order to conduct interviews of publishers for my dissertation and also find a work placement. This opportunity was given to me by the university and one of its donators. From the very early days of my stay there, I came across an interesting job offer with Bloomsbury Publishing, who were looking to employ a Digital QA (Quality Assurance) Assistant in their offices in central London. I did not spend much time thinking about it, sent an email with my CV and cover letter attached and received a reply the day after proposing a job interview proposal the following week. Three weeks after my first meeting my current frontline manager, I moved from Edinburgh to London to start working in the company’s prestigious offices in Bedford square. Everything happened so fast, that I still find it difficult to realise what an amazing opportunity has come my way!

Being one of UK’s largest publishing houses, Bloomsbury has many departments and divisions, with the Quality Assurance team being an integral part of the Digital Development department. My main task is to check the accuracy of the digitised version of a wide range of theatrical plays from the international repertoire that can be accessed on the dedicated website Drama Online, as well as the online versions of academic monographs available on the Bloomsbury Collections website. Working on plays written by Shakespeare, Brecht, Ibsen, and contemporary playwrights is very different to the process required for highly structured educational books or humanities titles. However, both require the same level of accuracy.

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To be honest, I did not realise at first how famous Bloomsbury Publishing is, as I am from France. Thus, I am very proud to work for the publisher of Khaled Hosseini, Colum McCann, Howard Jacobson (Man Booker Prize winner) and many other fantastic authors that I look forward to discovering in the next couple of months. And last but not least, J.K. Rowling, who owes her rise to fame to Bloomsbury Publishing discerning agents.

I feel very lucky and thankful for this great opportunity. Everybody was very kind to me from the very first day and I really enjoy working here. And London could be just the beginning for a wonderful journey with Bloomsbury. Who knows? Maybe one day I will get to visit their offices in New York, in Sydney, or in New Delhi!

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Congratulations! Job Success before Graduating!

Just over two thirds of the way through their Publishing Masters and already our students are securing Publishing employment. The Publishing team are delighted to wish the following students every success in their new roles …

Anastasia Gorgan who has now started her new job with Bloomsbury!

Douglas Sloan who has been appointed Sales and Marketing Assistant at Edinburgh University Press.

Jade Regulski who has recently started at The List.

Harriet Leslie who has been offered full time employment at Palimpsest.

Camille Burns who has taken up the position of Editorial Assistant & Administration Executive in the Hodder Gibson department of Hachette UK.

Sophie Cachard, Jack Evans and Stewart Mciver have each been asked to continue with their placement companies, Handspring Publishing, Alban Books Ltd and Connect Communications respectively.

Congratulations once again! Please do continue to keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on!

Best wishes,
Postgraduate Publishing team
Edinburgh Napier University

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