The road to publishing…

Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to be an Australian netballer, an art teacher and then a marine biologist because she wanted to play with dolphins all day long. As she progressed through school, there was more and more importance placed on what to be when she grew up. She loved a whole range of subjects – art, music, history and english – but she could never decide which one she liked best. And then she got to university and the dilemma continued…

It took me a long time to work out that publishing was where I needed to be. I sampled many different subjects at university but it was always the English classes that I returned to and enjoyed the most. I did a mix of creative writing and literature but my favourite subject was auto/biography as it was a combination of my two passions, reading and history. I found that it was easier to write true stories than trying to create the fictional worlds that I loved so much. However it was not until my last semester that I was able to do a publishing and editing subject and I just knew that a career in publishing was what I wanted. Reading and books was not a hobby, it was a way of life.

At the end of my degree I headed overseas for five months and afterwards, I began the long, slow and daunting process of finding full-time work. I was among thousands of English students looking at the same jobs. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was finally called for an interview. It took three tries with the same company but eventually it was a perfect match. I waited two weeks to hear if I had the job and when I received the news, I promptly burst into very happy tears. What was more impressive was Mum’s reaction on the driveway – needless to say we were both extremely excited and happy. Just over twelve months later I am still thanking my lucky stars.

Publishing is quite the roller coaster ride. It is fast-paced, exciting and fun but at the same time it can be brutal – the latest ‘it’ thing is only big until it isn’t and you have to be ready to jump on whatever comes next. It is an ever-changing environment and I am fortunate enough to have a role that is central to the business; I get to interact with so many different people and there is always something new to learn. I am able to engage with all the different teams from publishing to editorial, production to marketing and sales. I work with some of the most insanely talented, hard-working and passionate people you will ever meet. They have a wealth of knowledge and it is a privilege to work with them.

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