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!
Postgraduate Publishing team
Edinburgh Napier University
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I was extremely happy to have secured a place at Palimpsest Book Production for my work placement. Previous to my placement I researched various companies and found Palimpsest’s place in the industry to be perfectly in sync with my interests. Having not been aware of their existence until this research, I was surprised to find they were one of the UK’s leading typesetting firms. Their services cover a full range of pre-press production, including typesetting, digital publishing and design. They also have an in-house proofreading department to ensure quality control over their work.
Having travelled to Falkirk, where Palimpsest is based, I was met by Steven from the proofreading department. After some initial guidance I was set to work in my first week on numerous proofreading tasks including checking cast offs, page proofs and revises. It was great to get some hands on experience so quickly, and good to put to use some of the editing skills I had learned during my publishing studies at Edinburgh Napier. Steven was very helpful with feedback on my exercises and I quickly learned the centrality of quality control to the business.
Throughout my first week I also sat in with operations and customer services which enlightened me to the vast amount of logistical and organisational tasks required to keep things running smoothly. As Palimpsest is not a publisher, but rather a service provider for publishers, I became well acquainted with the needs of individual publishers, which greatly increased my understanding of the industry as a whole.
During my second week I sat in with the production department. Here I got to use my InDesign skills when performing revises of proofs. I came to realise my skills were far short of a professional typesetter, and I am very thankful to the production department for happily helping me with my numerous queries. Typesetting can be one aspect which is overlooked when assessing the publishing industry, but it is clear from my experience that good typesetting requires a great deal of knowledge and experience and is of central importance to publishing.
For one day I was also instructed in digital publishing by Becky, who was kind enough to give a lot of her time to teach me the entire process of producing an ebook. I learned some extremely important new skills and knowledge and became aware of how Palimpsest are dedicated to moving with new developments.
I wish to thank all at Palimpsest who gave their time to give me a new insight and skills, which will stand me in an a lot better position to advance in the industry.
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Before starting at Palimpsest, I wasn’t entirely sure what the precise role of the typesetter was in the publishing process. I had read about this branch of publishing, but quite often it is only mentioned in passing, and in relation to the activities of publishing houses rather than in its own right. In this respect, my time at Palimpsest has been illuminating. I have been frankly amazed by the sheer volume of work that can pass through the office in a single day, and the vital position that typesetters like Palimpsest hold in the industry. In spite of this constant activity, everybody I have had contact with has been friendly, approachable and more than happy to help with any questions or problems I have had. I have had no previous experience in an office environment and was impressed that a company can be so productive and yet also retain a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In my first week in the proofreading department with Steven and the girls I completed several revises and one full read. Though Steven may have thought this would be boring (it wasn’t!) I have genuinely enjoyed putting the skills I have learned at Napier into practice. The feedback I was given was timely and helpful and the exercises I completed really highlighted the importance of quality of output for a company like Palimpsest and the attention to detail that goes into every page.
During this first week I also toured the office, sitting in on operational assistance, customer service, pre-production and production. Though I wasn’t with each department for very long (understandably they were all very busy) each one gave me an insightful outline of the work done in each area and how they all come together as an efficient and cohesive whole. I was also very happy to have time to sit in on the Palimpsest epub operations and find out how this is affecting the way that books are produced and how the company is adjusting to this development.
My second week in the production department was equally as beneficial. I was looking forward to getting in some practical InDesign work and I appreciate the effort the production manager went to in order to fit me into the department during a busy work week and provide me with worthwhile and beneficial exercises. Even having only got through two sets of revises, I have picked up many tips and tricks of the trade on InDesign just by listening to and watching the operators at work. I even got a little Photoshop experience into the bargain!
The variety of activity on the placement has been stimulating and challenging and more industry-relevant than I might have hoped for. Two weeks in the same department may have been a little much, but moving around and sampling each area has given me a far greater understanding of the processes involved in typesetting than I came with.
At no point during my time at Palimpsest have I felt lost, wandering or forgotten about and I think that is the thing most placement students worry about. It is clear to me that the aim of the company in offering this placement is to benefit the student rather than themselves and this is commendable indeed.
Image used with kind permission of Palimpsest Book Production Ltd.