Graduate Diploma in Publishing student Hellena Stanley-Hunt is the project manager for Escalator Press’s first young adult novel:
Like Nobody’s Watching, by L.J. Ritchie, is about relatable kids with a believable storyline; it examines the power of surveillance and its effect on conformity, and highlights the influence of social media and the consequences of cyber-bullying. Political journalist and author Nicky Hager described the book as a ‘clever story about the seductive power of surveillance’. He also interviewed L.J. Ritchie and discussed the ethical considerations and boundaries of public and private surveillance – you can read the full article on the Escalator Press website.
YA fiction sparked my love of reading, so helping to take this story from manuscript all the way through to publication and launching it into the wider world was an eye-opening journey for me. The team I worked with have all done a fantastic job, which can be seen by looking at the finished product. Through our collective hard work our project was the first in the class to reach its publication date and was released on schedule. I think we all felt a sense of pride as we watched the book being sold at our successful launch event on October 4th, and for me it was almost surreal to walk into Unity Books the next day and see the book that I had been pushing through the publishing process for the past eight months on the shelf. Throughout this process I have learnt a lot, from creating budgets and schedules to developing an ebook. However, the main things I will be walking away with – other than a great book – are my newly developed time management skills, because, yeah, you definitely need those.
You can buy Like Nobody’s Watching from all good booksellers and online retailers, including Escalator Press.