My Work Experience Experience- A Week In The World Of Publishing

If you follow me on Twitter, you may notice that I have been much less active than usual this week. This is because I have been on my Work Experience at a local (well 45 minute drive) publishing house! This publishers specialises in the publication of historical books and I have been specifically working with the promotion department.

As I know a lot of the people who read my blog have an interest in reading, and maybe even publishing, I have decided to write a small excerpt about each and every day, to keep memories for me about this experience and to tell you all exactly what the publishing industry is like! I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m unsure of how this post is actually going to tun out, but I’m also pretty excited about it! Ok, here goes..

Disclaimer: Some of these entries were written when I was really, really, really, really tired.

Monday

Ok, so it’s Monday, I’m excited, I’m nervous but I think I should be okay! The lady who is supervising me was lovely when I met her at my initial interview so I’m not too worried. The day should usually start at 9 but today they’ve asked me to come in for 9.30, so I got an extra half an hour in bed! Ok I’m going in now, fingers crossed for me!

Wow what an exhausting day! So many of my family and friends told me not to be expecting to be doing too much as it’s only experience yet I’m shattered! Today my main job was very much an admin one, I had to organise some authors mailing lists and print the envelopes. This doesn’t sound too difficult, but with 300 people on each list and a machine that fires out envelopes like their tennis balls (and was also probably made before I was born) the task grew in difficulty. But I really enjoyed it because I’m a weirdo who likes to organise things. 

I’m so tired now though and I can’t wait to get into bed…

Tuesday

Ok so Tuesday morning I feel poo but I’m still positive, I just hope today’s work isn’t as brain tiring as yesterday’s!

The day’s over now, it’s after 5pm and I can’t wait to go to sleep! Today’s work was a lot more creative because I got to design and make the leaflets to go in the envelopes I printed yesterday! Once they were all done, I compiled a list of all of the authors publishing books in October and November and their contact details. The afternoon was a bit slow but it was chilled out so I can’t complain!

Wednesday

I feel a lot more refreshed today, but that’s probably because I went to sleep at 9.30pm last night!

Today I worked on some more leaflets but I also got to do some actual writing (yay). I wrote an email to send to local newspapers about an upcoming book, a review of a book and a newspaper article example about the book. I loved today and I’m so glad I actually got to write something, and we all know I love a good old review!

Thursday 

Thursday was very much a finishing everything off day!

Still enjoyed it but the day went much slower! And I had to scan in lots of contracts with authors which was so boring..

Oh well, one day more!

Friday

Although I have really enjoyed this experience, I’m so glad it’s nearly over. I’m exhausted! Friday again was finishing off and scanning contracts, yay. I then printed all the work I’ve done this week off and I now have a lovely portfolio, which I’m sure will come in handy in the future! And I got to finish early, so all is good!
Overall, I did really enjoy this experience! I’m exhausted, but I did enjoy it. I nearly cancelled my work experience so many times because I just wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I’m so glad I pushed myself to do it and completed it! I did enjoy it, but I don’t think I’d like a career in the marketing department, I much prefer the little bit of editing I did!
As always,

Thanks for reading!

H x

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