This week, we had our first intern, Ruby, with us for her Year 10 work experience. It was lovely having her in the office. Not once did she run screaming from the building at our craziness and in fact was a very useful member of the team, reading submissions and helping with research projects. And while it wasn’t brain surgery…
… here is her write up of how it went. (And if you are school-aged and are looking for a week of experience, send a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.)
So far my experience from working at Hot Key Books has been lovely. The people are really welcoming and helpful, and the work is interesting and not too difficult. I was interested in writing and publicity for a while, and coming here differently gives you the perfect opportunity to learn all about it.
The office is brand new and very open. There is a kitchen full of cakes and if you have a problem you can ask anybody for help or advice. The journey for me was a little difficult at first, but after a while it was easy to find, and a nice area to go and eat lunch in.
They trust you to arrive on time at 9:30am, and everybody leaves at roughly 5:30pm. On my first day I was given a book to read, and then asked to give my opinion on it. It is useful for them to get a young person’s view on the book before they buy it, so they can see if people my age might like it. But of course I’m only one person’s view. So they can’t be sure. I have also done a research project and read some other books that they have thought about publishing.
Before this experience I thought work would be dull or chaotic, but now I realise that working with Hot Key Books is actually really enjoyable and calm. Working here allows you to be more independent with your work and really get a taste of what it would be like to work here.
Some of the things I have learnt during the week:
- If you want to work as a publisher you have to be passionate and love reading.
- Even if you don’t have a really interesting opinion, it’s better just to give one.
- Make notes when you’re reading things, otherwise you might forget what you were reading, or ideas you thought of whilst reading-also people might want to know what your views were one the book when you were reading it.
Overall the week has been really interesting and helpful. I have had a wonderful experience and I recommend it to anybody who is looking for work experience now in year 10, and to anybody who might want to work in publishing now.