Publishing Work Experience Master Post

*I’ve pinned this post to the top of my blog for the summer! Hope you manage to find something wonderful.

I think a lot of people feel that it is almost impossible to get publishing work experience outside of London, but I’m here to tell you that’s not true! There are definitely more publishing houses located in London, but an opportunity to get experience in the publishing industry might be closer than you think.

I’ve decided to set myself a task; I’m going to try and provide an exhaustive list of publishing houses, and their work experience programs in the hope that more people will be able to find the experience they need near them! I am reluctantly including unpaid alongside the paid experience featured here, but I do not endorse unpaid work experience, especially if it’s over two weeks.

Firstly the pub interns twitter needs to be listed here! They are constantly posting entry-level roles, tips, and work experience opportunities from publishers some of which are only posted to Twitter. Social media is a fantastic resource when hunting down work experience, but Atwood Tate and Inspired Selection are also wonderful places to find more permanent roles within the industry.

Secondly, remember that dropping a local publisher an email cannot hurt, but be prepared for rejection! They may not have the money or the room for an intern, but it’s always worth trying. Here’s a link to a wonderful map of all the Independent publishers in the UK, including a few that aren’t listed here!

Other Work Experience Posts
Inside Story | Vintage | Seren | University Wales Press
First Month Publishing Update | Three Month Publishing Update | Six Month Publishing Update | One Year Publishing Update

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Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and featuring art by Wendy Xu

Pub Date: October 15th
Goodreads: Mooncakes
Publisher: Lion Forge
Book Depository

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

I received this book from Netgalley and Lion Forge in exchanged for an honest review!

Ah just thinking about this graphic novel makes me feel happy. Mooncakes is so wholesome and filled to the brim with love, it was just what I needed after reading so many books that are part of long trilogies. It was nice to read something so easy and enjoyable, and I’ve definitely read more since picking it up. It’ just so wonderful to read something that includes so many diverse characters, and gives them the happy ending that after reading you’ll inevitably want for them.

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Sunday Book Crush!

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Tor Books shared a picture of this cover over on their twitter, and I was immediately drawn to it. I hunted it down on goodreads and oh my gosh doesn’t this book sound incredible. It’s sounds like it’s a fricken amazing fantasy with lesbian necromancers, like what more could I need. I’m very excited to add this book to my reading list!!

Goodreads: Gideon the Ninth

September Wrap-up

Hello, hello, hello time can you slow down please because I’m running out of it. How are we already in October, this is gross. Unfortunately, this month is disgustingly busy for me, so I won’t be taking part in Blogtober; It’s my birthday and MCM London, I already know it’ll be a mad rush, so I’m trying to be sensible about the amount of time I’ll have for content.
I just wanted to quickly say thank you for the wonderful response to my post about my first year in publishing. I was so nervous about posting something vaguely negative about publishing, but everyone who responded and shared it gave me so much confidence. So again thank you for the encouragement!
Anyho here’s the content I released this month:

Review: The Raven Boys | Review: Kingdom of Souls |
My First Year in Publishing

To Be Read!

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My First Year in Publishing!

I’ve been agonizing over this post for well over a month now. My one year anniversary came and went like the wind, and if I’m honest I’m still having trouble writing this. Since I last wrote one of these six months ago my job role has changed drastically, and mostly for the best, but trying to decide whether or not to be negative in this post has been hard. I’ve tried very hard to be honest about this industry, and I don’t want to stop now, so here’s my frank take on my first year in publishing…warts and all.

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Review: Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Series: Kingdom of Souls #1
Goodreads: Kingdom of Souls
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Book Depository

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Review: I managed to win this book in a twitter competition that HarperVoyager were running and I was pretty darn excited about it! Then a few days later my request for a Netgalley arc was approved, so I guess I was doubly lucky with this one, but these things do mean that this is a review of an advanced reader copy that I received from HarperVoyager and Netgalley.

So first of all there are some trigger warnings that come with this book including violence, blood magic, abuse, ritual based self-injury, and the death of a child.
Then something I think you’ll find overwhelmingly useful, the online world guide, there’s a plethora of characters and places to track so this thing is invaluable. Now then on to my review!

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Goodreads: The Raven Boys
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Depository
Synopsis: Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death.

Review: So people who shall not be named have been talking about this book on twitter lately, and my university book guru Katie is also in love with this series, so when amazon discounted the ebook I just had to give it a go. It’s one I’d heard about when it was released, but due to that slightly cringey blurb I had decided to pass, and oh boy, oh boy was I missing out.

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August Wrap-up

Hello, hello, hello welcome to my little wrap up to finish off the month of August. It’s been a quiet one on the blog and on the cosplay front, but an extremely busy on at work! My extra time has mostly been spent sleeping, and when I try to think about what I actually managed to get done this month it all feels rather hazy, but here we are and here are some of the things I posted this month:

My YALC Haul | YALC wrap-up | Review: ACOTAR

Currently Reading!

I’m going to keep publicly shaming myself about Priory until I finish it. How can I love a book this much but still be unable to finish it, the book is just so thick man. I’m also seriously excited about Kingdom of Souls, as it’s the first arc I’ve ever won from a publisher!! I’m incredibly lucky to get to read such a cool sounding concept early.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Goodreads: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Amazon: UK | US

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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YALC: The good, the bad, and the kinda gross

So I started writing this wonderful joy-filled post about how much fun I’d had with my friends this con, and I’ll probably still post that one, but I wanted to talk about some of the issues with YALC as a person that has been to many a UK con.

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My YALC Haul!

So alongside my little con summary post that I do for most of the conventions I attend, I figured I should probably do a summary of all the lovely books and samplers I managed to snag! I’ll admit I didn’t manage to get a hold of any arcs, but I’m still pretty happy with all the beautiful books I managed to spend my money on. There aren’t too many but I’m excited to read them all!


Woah there were so many of these up for grabs, and it’s such a cool way to test the waters when it comes to new releases! I think once I’ve finished ’em all I might do a little summary post of which ones I’m looking forward to.

Penguin Bingeable Box Set – This one included chapters from fifteen upcoming releases including Crossfire, American Royals, and the one I’m particularly excited to pick up Cursed.

Hot Key Books Sampler – Includes chapters from upcoming releases like S.T.A.G.S, Fight like a Girl, and Midnight’s Twins.

The Queen of Nothing – This one has the Prologue and first two chapters of the next instalment of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series.

Monstrous Heart – The first four chapters of Claire McKenna’s new book with Harper Voyager.

Chelsea High – includes the first five chapters of Jenny Oliver’s YA debut.

Books | Graphic Novels

I was so excited to leave with two graphic novels that I picked up on the Sunday, it was two for £10 and it was just too good to resist. One being Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina published by Granta Books, and the other is Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods published by Faber & Faber. Both books are absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to get stuck in!

I was trying really, really, hard not to pick up too many books because that reading slump has been hitting me hard lately. I did end up leaving with a couple of little gems that I’m excited to pick up later in the year!
S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett and Lily’s Just Fine by Gill Stewart.

If you went to YALC what books did you manage to grab? I didn’t want to spend too much money, and I think I just about managed to stay on budget; but here’s to buying even more books next year!!