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


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That book has re-readability

A broken spine for me is the no.1 sign of a fantastic book, I have books that I’ve read so many times they’re all floppy. Basically what I’m trying to say here is that I’m a chronic re-reader, I have a problem, instead of picking up the book I should be reading I grab a book I know I already love.

I think it’s because I’ve been a little stressed lately so I’ve drifted back to what I know and love, those special books that always manage to make you cry every time you read that certain chapter. This habit is not a particularly good one for a book blogger though, as unfortunately I can’t just talk about the same books over and over again. It’s a habit I’ve been trying to kick for awhile now, but sometimes nothing can beat a world you know like the back of your hand.

So in honour of my inability to escape these books…here’s a list.


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April wrap-up

How the heck is it May already. I know I write this every time but holy moly has this month flown by, but it unfortunately did not bring with it lots and lots of lovely content.

Work had been busier than ever, and I’ve been taking on more responsibilities so I’ve been collapsing onto the sofa as soon as I get in. There’s also that pesky readers block that’s been plaguing me since my move in February, will I ever finish Priory? Who can tell. Hopefully May will be a better month for finishing books because I’m currently reading three, and they’re all really good so far!

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Battling my reading slump

So this post originally started as a post entitled Taking a Break, which ended up being a rather depressing post that not even I wanted to read; so instead I’m only going to talk about my inability to pick up a book, and not bring the other things churning around in my brain right now to the table.

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Building Big Wings…

My Hawks from BNHA cosplay build

So I did say I’d bring you some more quality cosplay content, and so here we are with my next big build. I’ve been wanting to cosplay some one from Boku no Hero Academia for the longest time, and Hawks was the first character that I desperately wanted to make after seeing his design.

I had a lot of help from my parents with this one as I was moving at the time, and my time had drastically decreased to next to nothing. We basically built these things in the week before Birmingham MCM, and it was absolute madness!

There are so many things to think about when you’re building a big cosplay prop, and especially when it’s protruding from your back. Initially I really wanted to have the open and closes using electric 6-inch actuators, but I did not have the time, money, nor the skill to make that happen in time for Birmingham…but maybe next time.

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Sunday Book Crush!!

Goodreads: Elysium
Amazon: UK | US

Evelyn Notte’s had sixteen years to make Elysium her home, but not by choice: she only survived her husband’s betrayal by fusing with the ley line beneath the asylum’s foundation. Now rumor has it Adam is back to his old tricks, and if Adam’s alive maybe there’s still a chance for the newborn daughter he stole from Evelyn so many years ago. 

The only way out of Elysium is the Nightmare buried at its core. Waking him means reigniting a long-stalled war and giving up what little is left of her humanity, but Evelyn’s not going to lose her daughter again – and she’s sure as hell not going to let Adam walk away a second time.

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March Wrap-up

How do these wrap-ups come round so fast! This one’ll be pretty short, mostly because not a whole lot happened, and I’m currently typing this with a beast of a head cold. I am not…

And here’s where this wrap-up ended because oh boy did this cold develop into an absolutely disgusting beast. I’m honestly still not 100% but if this goes on any longer there’ll be no wrap-up at all!!

There were a couple of cool posts this month, my personal fave being Five Beloved Childhood Books, I had so much fun writing that one and it let me re-read a series I’d completely forgotten about.
I also got to write my six months in publishing post which was pretty dang nice, and it feels pretty weird to say I’ve been an academic marketer for well over six months now! I’ve loved it so far, and hopefully I’ll have some more cool things to talk about in my one year update.

Feb Wrap-up | My First Six Months in Publishing | Sunday Book Crush | Review: Seige and Storm | Five Beloved Childhood Books | Review: The Selection


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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection #1
Goodreads: The Selection
Publisher: HarperTeen
Amazon: UK| US
Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Five Beloved Childhood Books

So I thought it would be cute seeing, as I’m moving out properly this month, to go back and look at my old bookcases and pick out some books that I fell in love with as a child. I’m going to try and steer clear of the stuff I read at 14 -16, and try to pick some of the books that caught my eye before YA stole my heart.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I couldn’t write any list without including Howl’s Moving Castle. This was a favourite of mine alongside it’s “sequel” Castle in the Air. My original copy of this book is so damaged from frequent reading that I had to buy myself a new one, and I still re-read this book whenever I need to pick myself up and keep walking forward.
Goodreads: Howl’s Moving Castle
Amazon: UK | US

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Review: Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha Trilogy #2
Goodreads: Seige and Storm
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Amazon:UK|US
Synopsis: 

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Sunday Book Crush!!

Goodreads: The Bone Witch
Amazon: UK |US

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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