Life of a Publishing Student – Weeks 11 and 12

Life of a Publishing Student – Weeks 11 and 12

Life of a Publishing Student follows my experience as a publishing media masters student. You can catch up on last weeks post, here. It’s the last two weeks of the semester! Here’s what happened during weeks 11 and 12:

Publishing Christmas Dinner

During week 11 we had our course Christmas dinner! It was a lovely evening to unwind with classmates and staff before the end of the semester. A lot of the students are travelling back home this week so having it in week 11 was more practical for everyone. We did a bookish secret santa and exchanged books during the dinner. I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful graphic novel! (Thank you to whoever my Secret Santa was!)

Editorial Presentations Took Place

As part of our Editorial Management and Content Development module we had to create an editorial proposal for a new non-fiction title. We also had to come up with a presentation, presenting our book to the rest of the class and course staff for a prize! Our group came up with a non-fiction middlegrade children’s title about how hair has changed through time, all around the world. We called it ‘Hairy Situations’. After many hours of hard work, group meetings in the library, weeks of content development and constructing the best proposal we could. Full of nerves but confident in our product, we gave our presentations and managed to win first prize! (Here’s me holding my certificate looking very awkward)

Interviews and Internships

Considering I went into this course with absolutely no experience whatsoever, I think I have done really well to land two internships this semester. Getting these experiences was the primary reason for me wanting to take this MA and I am so happy I managed to succeed at doing that. I am proud that I was able to show that I have a lot of skills and creativity that is valuable within the publishing industry. My blog and my bookstagram have played a major part in me being able to demonstrate my skills. So if any of you doubt the value of your blog or social media knowledge, don’t! So many publishing companies need people just like you, be proud of it and don’t hide it away.

Final Week Reflection

I am writing this having just finished my final week on the MA. The first semester was intense and I don’t think anything could have prepared me for it. Despite that, I feel it is completely worth every penny, minute, hour and emotional breakdown. I truly feel like I am learning crucial skills, knowledge and experience for my career that I couldn’t have gotten otherwise. I am really looking forward to studying the modules I chose for semester 2 and seeing what 2020 holds for me.

Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed reading and following me on this journey! Life of a Publishing Student will be back towards the end of January next year.

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