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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  1. What an amazing opportunity! That sounds like such an amazing work experience, I hope you get to fulfill your dreams :) xx

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