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Alexandra Sautois, MLitt Publishing Studies 2017-18

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Coming from France implies loving drinking wine and eating cheese. It is part of French identity. However it is not for me. I am an original; but I think everybody makes the world original. This is the reason why I chose Publishing.

I like the power of imagination. It turns people’s lives into other possibilities. Million possibilities contained on shelves. I discovered it when I was teenager and I wanted to be part of this creation. Allow new authors to find their readers, bring new titles on shelves and market them.

So, I took my bravery and my ideas to apply in Publishing Studies, first in France and later, here in the University of Stirling. Everything is different in Scotland and in the United Kingdom; it opens my eyes on new horizons for books.

I worked in independent companies most of the time, from a children book publisher, Bulles de savon, to the well-known bookshop Mollat. I copy-edited and proofread from high school, strangers on the web and friends, I got involved in various book fairs and I participated in the production of different titles. With Bulles de savon, the communication and the production was my principal work. My internship in Rebelle was more focused in production of various adult fiction, like Sci-Fi or thriller. Different experiences but enriching for me.

When I am not spending my Sunday reading with hot chocolate, I go hiking around especially while I am in Scotland. I have various other sport activities, and it helps to clear my mind, to think differently. Photography is an art I practice too because it is full of possibilities like books. I love dogs, regardless I am surrounded by cat lovers, even in my own family!

I hope one day I would work in a children’s publishing house in Canada. I built long years ago this dream, and I wish it became true like the Rapunzel one.

Sarah Boyd, PhD in Publishing Studies


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Working Title: The Publishing Industry in the Digital Fiction Ecosystem

Topic: My research looks at the position of the publishing industry in the emerging field of digital fiction. I am examining the history and current state of legacy publishers’ engagement with digital technology as a creative tool, and comparing this to other major sectors in the field (electronic literature, videogames and fan fiction). By doing so I hope to gain an understanding of where the publishing industry can best situate itself in this area of literary production.

Research interests: electronic literature; digital publishing; publishing studies; creative communities; online publishing; social media; videogames; fan fiction.

Supervisors:

Dr Simon Rowberry (Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication)

Professor Claire Squires (Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication)

Scholarships: Carnegie PhD Scholarship

Links:

Sarah on Twitter: @seviebee
Sarah on LinkedIn

Email: s.e.boyd1@stir.ac.uk

Chenchen Li, MLitt Publishing Studies 2017-18

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I had internships in a publishing house,  marketing department of a property company, and a news organization. The experience of the publishing house was amazing. I, fortunately, participated a significant project in the first month. In fact, I just did some chores and observed how editors make the series. Although working on the edge was easier than the other parts, I still felt very tired because the time is very urgent. What I remembered best was that I was unable to finish the proofreading so the progress of the project was delayed. The editor asked me do I still want to be an editor after such busy practice. I got depressed but replied “yes”. The series got an award seven months later, at that moment, I felt proud of as if I was the commissioning editor.

When I graduated in the Bachelor Degree of Editing, all of the students including me were busy at the job market. There is a gap between me and publishers’ requirements. And they prefer postgraduates joining their company. Most of my classmates set their goal to finding job successfully. Thereby they leave the publishing industry to find another job. I was confused. I do not want to give up working in the publishing industry. At that time, the professor introduced me the University of Stirling to get a self- improving so I study here now. The first study experience in a foreign country is really an adventure, although my academic writing often frustrates me. So far I keep positive to face the life in Stirling. The courses of MLitt in Publishing brought a new perspective to me. The trend of self-publishing makes the industry more complicated. I am fascinated by the changing industry. I hope I can create some value in the industry in the future

Fiona Logan, MLitt Publishing Studies 2017-18

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I am excited about the prospect of being able to contribute to the production of books. Back when I was a little girl my Dad used to read to me every single night in the hopes that I would become as obsessed with books as he was. My favourite of the books he read to me was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by the wonderful C.S. Lewis. That was the first book that seriously got me hooked and it certainly was not the last. There’s just something enchanting about books that you simply cannot get anywhere else.

Therefore, like a true bibliophile, I thought the best undergraduate course for me would be English Literature (with Journalism Studies). Whilst I was studying I questioned what kind of job I would like after I graduated. I knew that I did not want to be a teacher so I gave journalism a go and interned at The Scottish Sun. That wasn’t for me. Then I saw that the University of Stirling had a Publishing MLitt course and I knew that was what I wanted to do. Having studied the course for over almost two months now, I know that I have made the right decision.

I am thoroughly enjoying the course and I am learning a lot, so although I thought I would definitely go into Editorial before I started the course, that could well change as the likes of marketing, design and production have also caught my eye. My family and friends have used me as their unpaid proofreader for years so I am gravitating towards a proofreading role as then I would at least be getting paid to do something I’ve been doing free for years now.

I am getting involved in as many things as I can: attending book fairs, book launches, SYP events, and I am keeping up to date with internship opportunities.

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Marija Katiliute, MLitt Publishing Studies 2017-18

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After starting high-school in Scotland (I’m originally from Lithuania) at around the age of fifteen, I was in a constant learning mode. Trying to fit into a new environment, improve my English and make new friends took a toll on my reading habits. A few years later, I went to study Film and Media at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, which seemed right to me as it fit in with my interests at the time. Once I’d graduated, I was overwhelmed by the question that so many of us have after university: what do I want to do now? In the end, it took me two years to finally figure out I wanted to go into publishing.

During that period, I took a job at Caffe Nero which gave me a career path to focus on. I’m glad I did, as I got a chance to be the guest editor for our UK-wide employee newsletter in July this year and learn about the publishing processes, whilst also getting management experience as a shift leader/assistant manager in the shop.

The time I spent away from studying gave me more freedom to read and find my passion for books again after what I will call “a decade-long reading hiatus”. So, with this new-found interest in publishing, I started doing research on the industry and decided to continue with further education in Stirling.

The course has so far taught me so much about publishing and the opportunities available. Outside of studying, I’ve already managed to snag a place as a shadow panel judge for the Saltire Society, and I’m on the conference committee with the SYP. I was also offered a two-week work placement at Penguin Random House, which starts at the end of November. I have never worked so hard and enjoyed myself at the same time!

Currently, I’m interested in marketing and production roles, as they seem most suited to the skills I have. But there’s still so much to learn about publishing, and I think this course will be just the thing I need.

Find me on TwitterBookstagrampersonal Instagram and LinkedIn.

Sara Amateis, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-18

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The first time I asked my parents to buy me a book they were of course a little bit skeptical about the fact that I really wanted to read it, and, as all the parents do with their children, they said “Do you know that if we buy it you’ll have to read it, right?”. I still remember which book it was. It was a children’s book, so it wasn’t long, but I was little and by the time we went back home I had already finished it. I really think that from that moment my life changed. Some years after that episode I was very interested in a series of children’s novels, but I wasn’t still able to search for info about them on the internet (things weren’t as handy as they are today) and I wasn’t sure if sooner or later the next book in the series would have come out. I was sad, and my dad kept telling me that probably the sequel would never have come out. One night, during a celebration in my city, I entered a bookshop (open until late for the occasion) with my parents and, illuminated by a flash of light, there it was! I started crying, and on the way home I fell asleep hugging my book. These are only two episodes in my life connected to books, but I think they can clearly explain why, when I had to choose what to study for my Masters I chose Publishing. If it hadn’t been for books I wouldn’t have travelled through time and space as I did and I still do, living incredible adventures and very intense emotions, and now I’ve the chance to be part of the process that gives other people the possibility to live of all that.

Before deciding to follow this path I graduated in Cultural Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Archival and Library Sciences) at the University of Torino (Italy), following a program that allowed me to acquire knowledge mainly about History, Art and Literature, all things that, I believe, can be useful to me even working in Publishing.  I haven’t decided which area of the Publishing industry I want to work in yet, but this University is giving me the opportunity to learn a lot of things about all the aspects of the Publishing world. At the moment what I know is that being part of the creative process of a book is amazing! When (last year) I started looking for  information about the University of Stirling I knew that this was the right choice for me: I’ve always been completely in love with Scotland, the campus in Stirling is astonishing and the program is very well organized, offering a complete view on the Publishing industry with very practical modules. So, you see… easy choice!

Find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Cortney Alexandra Lee | MLitt Publishing Studies 2017-18

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Having travelled and lived in a range of countries growing up, there was one constant for me and that was – schooling. My deep set love for learning has seen me through my earliest years and has still never left me. Netflix has yet to run dry of documentaries I want to digest and there is no end to the TED Talk archive that I want to devour. I find learning to be one of the most stimulating things at any age or level.

It is this desire to learn that has predominately led me to the University of Stirling for the MLitt Publishing masters. Having taken an internship at a publishing house in Glasgow, I decided it was the best next-step to take. It’s been such a satisfying course to embark on, primarily because of the direct link it has to the publishing industry. The course is well thought out and serves to mimic scenarios that would seem to appear in a professional setting. Assignments and tasks are set to establish skills to help navigate through certain aspects of the publishing industry. It’s this aspect that really piques my interest because it’s so encouraging learning something that is directly applicable to ‘real-life’ situations.

After completing my English Literature degree at Glasgow University and prior to coming to Stirling, my husband’s work took us to Portland, Oregon. The impression I got whilst living in Portland, was that it seemed to be the epicentre for design. This sparked my curiosity and interest, particularly in relation to communication design. The amount of visual expression throughout the city and amongst new found friends, was fascinating to learn about. One aspect of the course that I’m really enjoying, is the lessons given in InDesign and Photoshop. The level of detail involved brings such a satisfying element to the processes and techniques we’re beginning to understand.

The publishing industry is seemingly vast and dynamic. It proves to be an industry that is constantly evolving and is creative at its core. I’m eager to enter the field and continue my learning. The production, design or marketing side of the industry have caught my attention, though, the more I learn about the intricacies of the differing roles within publishing, the more open I find myself becoming. I am absolutely thrilled to be studying such a varied and dynamic industry, and with each passing week I seem to be even more taken with a different aspect of it.

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Mireia Pauné, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-18

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I spent my childhood and my teenage years reading and evaluating all the books I could find. If I had a book in my hands, I couldn’t avoid reading it, no matter what. This passion for books and words was the feeling that pushed me to study Journalism in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, hoping that someday I would be able to work in this sector.

While studying my Bachelor’s Degree, I was involved in different media, such as a local radio, Catalonia’s autonomic TV and a newspaper. I also created a blog and wrote reviews about the books I read and articles about fashion, culture and films. This experience made me discover a big social media community interested in books, culture and fashion and, two years ago, I started a monthly collaboration in a radio program talking about fashion and culture.

After finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, I was combining my last years studying music (my other passion), and working in my first job. Being in charge of the communication department of a private business helped me to gain experience and improve my skills in corporate journalism. Regardless that I truly enjoyed being part of all these amazing teams, I wanted to follow my passion and work in the book industry.

The best way to do so was enrolling in the Mlitt in Publishing of the University of Stirling; being a year abroad in Scotland, learning all the skills that I love, like design, marketing and book production. It was the experience I have always dreamt of. Seeing all the internship opportunities that the course offers, the excitement of being part of the SYP and the cultural richness cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow have, I do not doubt I am going to live this year to the fullest. My publishing career has just started!

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Sarah Shannon MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-2018

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I grew up on a small farm outside of a little town called Wexford, in the tiny yet beautiful country of Ireland.  An area which is also home to a few famous Irish authors.

I was a relative late comer to the world of bibliophiles with the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and Lady Grace mysteries by Grace Cavendish the two series which cemented my now slightly obsessive love for books in my early teens. Once they came along I haven’t stopped reading much with only occasionally taking forays into reality. I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi titles in my spare time so at heart I am a traveller of worlds both fictional and real.

Fast forward, I did my undergraduate degree in Dublin at UCD (University College Dublin), diligently completing a B.A joints honors in English and Music, learning more about the Beatles and James Joyce than I knew I wanted to know and making friends from all over the world. Roll around my third year in college and the inevitable question of what to do with myself afterwards pops up. I knew I wanted to do something with books but at that point I decided I at least at the time I didn’t want to be an author so working in publishing was the logical and exciting alternative for me. So, that brought me to the University of Stirling and my first time living outside of Ireland.

I have an ambition of becoming an editor driven by a love for words (both written and spoken) and how they fit together to create something more. As this course has taught me there is much more to the publishing industry than I had realized but also that with a lot of hard work and determination I can be a part of the publishing industry.

Gabriella Rodriguez, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-18

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There are exactly three things that I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember: reading, writing, and seeing new places. I was five years old when I read my first book, and eight years old when I wrote my first story. Then there was traveling – every summer my family and I would leave the US and spend several weeks roving around Europe, mainly Portugal and Spain. At the end of these trips I would grudgingly board a plane back to the little state called Connecticut.

I spent my undergraduate years at Salve Regina University in the US, studying English Communications and Creative Writing. I freelanced as a writer and proof reader, wrote for the university newspaper, and helped produce the student literary magazine. For whatever reason, I was never sure what career path I wished to pursue after I finished my degree, and it seemed like the years were slipping by too quickly for me to keep up. However, during my third year I decided I needed to travel again. I spent the spring of 2016 studying in London, which would quickly become one of my favourite cities. During these four months I took a class on the British publishing industry, and even got the opportunity to attend the London Book Fair.

My experience in London sparked an interest in publishing, and made me love living and studying abroad. I finally knew that I wanted to work in the publishing industry, so during my last year at university I began looking into graduate programs. Stirling quickly caught my interest. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the campus and everything the university has to offer, including the Publishing Studies course that I have already learned a great deal from. I am especially interested in editorial and design, but find most facets of the industry fascinating. I’m looking forward to the next year, and hope to learn as much as I can about publishing, make connections within the industry, and take advantage of all the exciting opportunities that arise.

I have a blog, but you can also find me on TwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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