English literature graduate working as a production editor for an academic arts publisher in Bristol.Locked Pro Plan feature
As a staff member within the production department of a small independent academic arts publisher, I do a lot of cross-role work. My responsibilities sit within the editorial, contracting, production and marketing processes for 13 journals and around 8 book titles at a time. I head the company's free access to developing regions programme, and act as subject area champion for our Film Studies collection. This involves research into developing areas within this subject, advising on proposals submitted to us from the field and attending relevant conferences as a representative for the company. I head the company's ongoing abstracting and indexing programme – maintaining the representation we have already achieved in the area, and researching yet-unexplored avenues to increase citation and impact rates for our journals.
I interned at Simon and Schuster in London for two weeks in the summer of 2016, shadowing the junior non-fiction editor. I was given several manuscripts to read and write short reviews on, learned about the contracts system, helped with printing and posting, and sat in on two editorial meetings and a client talk.
During my second and third years at university, I acted as Poetry Co-Editor and Editor in Chief respectively for Helicon Magazine, the university's only student-run but city-centred arts and culture magazine. Both roles included a level of submission review and commissioning, as well as events planning, fundraising, printed edition design, website and social media management and article writing. Connecting the student population to the weird and wonderful city that they lived in through artist workshops, walking drawing tours, events and non-student interviews and features was my main objective during my editorship, and our progress in that year in terms of submissions and external funding were marked.
I secured a content writing internship with a growing insurance brokerage. I wrote everything that appears on their website (ProtectLine.com) and created many template emails and letters, customer forms and information booklets, PowerPoint-style presentations, blog posts, and telephone scripts. Due to the sensitive and complicated nature of the industry, a great deal of self-guided research was required and I worked closely with compliance editors and the company’s marketing team on projects. During the last summer period, I also filmed and edited a promotional video for the company which was published on their Facebook and Youtube accounts.
I worked at the House of Fraser department store part-time whilst I attended my final years of school, and full-time in my gap year. I worked at the Ted Baker concession as a sales assistant, and was trained in premium retail customer service.
Dissertation topic: Queerness and the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang
English Language (A*) English Literature (A) Modern History (A)