My Week at a Publishing House

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 In January I got the incredible opportunity to do some work experience in a publishing House, which was Usborne, a children's publishers, and I had the best time ever. 
Its not a secret how much I want to work in publishing, it has been my dream job for years, so to be able to spend time in a publishers and see how books come to life was incredible. Being from Liverpool it meant that I had to travel down to London for a week to be able to do the work experience, so it gave me the feel of living in London, which I hope to do in the next few years, so this was a good chance to see if I felt comfortable in the city and if I thought I could live there one day. (I did, I would move there in a heartbeat)
 I didn't really know what to expect when I started my week at Usborne, the world of publishing was alien to me. I had only ever been on the other side, reading and reviewing books from bookshops or sometimes sent from publishers, so I was excited to see the side very few people get to see. Before I arrived, I found out that I would be working in the Non-Fiction department with my mentor Louie, who had set it all up for me, and I will always be so thankful to her for it.   
My first day at Usborne, couldn't have been more perfect I arrived, and met Louie, who would be looking after me whilst I was there. She led me through the building introducing me to everyone and giving me a tour of the publishers. It was easy to feel at home there, everyone made it feel like a family. I was introduced to the people who I would surrounded by, they were all so lovely asking me about where I was from and what I want to do with publishing, and after that I was given my first piece of work to do.
My days after that were always packed with amazing things to do, exploring the in-house library of all the books they had published, getting to read manuscripts, meet the other departments, and I got to speak with one of the lovely women from the publicity department. This was one of the highlights from my time there, as my dream job is to be a publicity assistant, working with young adult novels, and to speak with her and talk about what it is that her job entails, made me so much more passionate and sure that this was the job I wanted to do. It was incredible.
My time at Usborne was incredible and it definitely has made me sure that I want to work in the publishing industry. I even got to go to #drinkYA in which I met loads of other people who worked in the industry, from writers, publicists, editors and they just gave me so much advice it was incredible. My time there was amazing, I met so many inspiring people and I learnt so much. Its no doubt to me now that I want to work at a publishing house, and hopefully one day I will.
Write again soon xxx
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Time To Say Goodbye

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I've been putting off writing this blog post for a while now, mostly because if I acknowledge it, it means it real. I've finished university and with that comes saying goodbye to the friends I have made for the past three years. My friends mean the absolute world to me and to say goodbye to them honestly is breaking my heart. I have a very close knit group of friends at uni that I am seriously close to. Some I have known for three years, some two and others one. But the amount of time I have spent with them doesn't matter, because these people have become like a second family to me, and I don't know what I would do without them. I know I wouldn't be the same person I am today without them and so to say goodbye to them; even though we have all said we are going to keep in touch with each other, feels like a part of my heart is going with them. I love my friends with all my heart, and I am going to miss them so much. 

The goodbyes have already began, I have said goodbye to the one of the boys I have been friends with the longest, my best friend. Saying goodbye to him was so incredibly hard for me to do as he has been there for me for the whole three years, picked me up when I have been in tears, helped me through panic attacks and made me smile through everything, even holding my hair back when I had drank a little too much. He is also the first real guy friend I ever had. I lost count of the number of times I cried saying goodbye to him, and I know I will cry more when I see him at graduation. 

I am saying goodbye to the rest of my friends in the next few weeks, and I honestly don't think I can do it, saying goodbye to one friend nearly broke my heart so saying goodbye to everyone is something I don't even want to think about, and these friends I have only known for a single year but they have become my best friends, they make me laugh, smile and just make me so happy I wish I had met them sooner. My friends are the people I give my whole heart to, that's just the way I am and to say goodbye is like them taking a piece of my heart away. (Im soppy, I know, but I'm serious.) 

It has become so common place to see them more or less every single day, every week, and for this to just stop is going to be very odd, I think it will feel normal until September because it will just kind feel just like its the summer break and we will see each once term starts again, but that isn't happening, We will have graduated, there's no more classes to go to, no more houses to move into, no more freshers, no more uni. No more being half an hour away from my friends, being able to see them whenever I wanted because everyone was there.

Saying goodbye to these friends is going to definitely be one of the hardest things I will ever have to do. I never wanted this day to come, but I guess I was foolish to think that, always the optimistic dreamer. I know I will see them again and we will stay in touch with one another, but after this it will be different, and I don't think I am ready for that. 

Write again soon x
  
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