Elle Mignacca talks about her work placement at the editorial branch of Penguin Random House.
As a bit of a Penguin Classic collector, my work placement at Penguin Random House was something of a dream come true. I worked on the publishing side – in the editorial team as a project editor. Much of my role was proofing edits and working closely with the typesetters to make sure all the edits came through correctly, but I also did indexing, editing and lots and lots of manuscript assessments. Much of my proofing was on major projects like Black Barn, The Art of Simple and Chelsea Winter’s EAT, and I’m incredibly excited to see them in bookshops later this year, knowing I had a part (if tiny) in making them happen.
Penguin Random House has an exciting, dynamic atmosphere. I loved sitting in on all their meetings: hearing pitches, choosing book covers and seeing how acquisitions work. Everyone made me feel welcome and took time to talk me through their roles. I’ve come out of it with lots of new books, and we even had a shared morning tea on my last day! Overall, it was an incredible experience.