I was full of gratitude to be placed at VUP Books where I walked around in a haze of extreme joy and happiness. I got to read books all day (dream job!), proofread and do a little bit of copy-editing and lots of submissions reading. I also occasionally had fun laying things out. It made me really grateful for everything I learnt from Simon in our editing classes during the first semester and very excited about my future career. In all it was a joy!
I was at Penguin Random House. It was during the middle of their busy period as they were trying to get their books out in time for Christmas, but even so, they were extremely welcoming. I helped out with proofreading, manuscript assessment, and some archiving. I got to be a part of many of their meetings and learn about their acquisitions process. All in all, it was a fantastic experience that allowed me to use my newly acquired proofreading skills and learn firsthand about the industry.
I was placed at Mākaro Press in Wellington, where I got to experience a wide range of both expected and unexpected tasks. Whitireia had prepared me for the proofing, typesetting, editing of poetry and preparation of newsletters, but the thing I was most fortunate to be part of was the chance to accompany author Petra Kotrotsos in a school-visit to read her children’s book I’d Rather Be a Fairy Princess. It was something I’d never realised could be a part of the publishing business, and I’m really glad Mākaro Press let me have this opportunity.