Placement at Floris Books

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In October I managed to secure an internship at Floris books which would last the duration of the academic year. In addition to their adult non-fiction range, Floris are the largest children’s book publisher in Scotland, publishing picture books all the way up to teen fiction. With children’s publishing being a huge interest of mine, I was super excited to get started and learn firsthand the ins and outs of this part of the industry.

With interning horror stories at the back of my mind of making countless cups of tea and being permanently attached to the photocopier, I was slightly nervous on my first day. These worries were quickly dispelled, however, when Eleanor, the Floris editor, handed me a manuscript of one of their new teen fantasy novels and told me to get to work. Armed with my trusty red pen, it quickly became apparent that this wouldn’t be just a coffee-making stint.

Being in the Floris office once a week for 9 months has been an incredible experience and I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity. They accepted me in as a member of their team from the outset and continually went out of their way to help me on my publishing journey. Due to the longevity of my placement, I was able to see all stages of the publishing process and be involved in books from their initial editorial stages right through to their launches. I have liaised with authors, helped out with events at the Storytelling Centre, created promotional material, and was even given the opportunity to create videos for the website and re-work cover designs. … Continue reading “Placement at Floris Books”

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Placement at Luath Press

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My two week placement with Luath Press marked my first experience working within publishing, and served to further confirm my ambitions to continue doing so.

Upon arrival I was presented with a comprehensive check list of activities and charged with creating a design brief for a new title. My time at Luath challenged me to utilise my newly acquired skills and also to encounter areas of publishing I’d previously shied away from. I finally faced up to my editorial demons and proofread a sizeable chunk of Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian, finding, much to my surprise, that I actually enjoyed it.

During my time I was also lucky enough to indulge my inner design-geek by tackling some sample covers. At first I designed a simple cover for up-coming quiz book Ultimate Mountain Trivia to be included on the draft AI sheet. However, once the team discovered just how much I enjoyed production, they let me design full samples for new tartan-noir thriller Blood City. The team were really encouraging and were more than happy to let me experiment.

The Luath staff are a really big part of what makes it a great placement, and there’s a definite emphasis on learning. They really make you feel like part of the team and give you every opportunity to make the most of your time.

In other, yet related news, I’ve just been appointed as the new Production Assistant at Floris Books, so it’s great to be going into my new job with truly relevant work experience behind me. Wish me luck!