After months of searching for an editorial internship, I have finally found one at Busybird publishing! Busybird is a small publishing house based in Melbourne, founded by Blaise and her husband Kev, who are both wonderfully talented publishers, editors and designers.
I’ve been travelling to their offices for the past month (only one day a week) and have already seen improvements in my proofing skills, as well as learnt quite a lot about successful blogging!
I have never really considered myself a writer; I don’t make time to sit down and write, even writing blog posts is difficult for me! I’ve never felt very passionately about my fiction writing skills, though the work that Blaise has had me complete over the past few weeks has given me a kind of spark. I actually want to write now.
Their website showcases their weekly blog posts that help writers move through writer’s block, improve their fiction through structure and planning, and quite a lot more! Take a look if you’re a struggling writer like me; their tips have been incredibly helpful in persuading me to take up writing again.
Aside from their help with my writing, they’ve also given me an insight into the publishing world. Some days, I look at my editing work and wonder whether I’ve made the right decision in choosing this as a career. I love working with authors and focusing their work so that it’s the best it can be, and a publisher does that but from afar. Having the chance to move away from constant editing is fantastic and keeps my editing focus strong. (For those who don’t do a lot of editing, let me tell you that it is frustrating, tedious and incredibly rewarding, even when you’re still finding things that need to be altered as your publication goes to print *insert angry emoji face*).
Blaise has taught me a lot through her blogs, specifically about the different ways that you can publish a book. Traditional publishing is all that I had previously considered as a fulfilling route (e.g. being selected by a big publishing house such as Penguin, HarperCollins etc.), but there are heaps of self-publishing options. Publishing houses like Busybird help authors with editing, typesetting and designing their books, and the author pays for the printing, meaning that the author makes all of the profit from sales. In the traditional route, the publishing house that has commissioned the work, or is paying for the printing, will take a cut of all profits made. Of course with bigger publishing houses also comes a bigger marketing plan and you have the little penguin in the corner that makes it feel more legitimate, but that doesn’t always mean that it’s going to be a huge success.
One thing that has been burned into my brain through reading Busybird’s blog is that no one knows what will be a best seller! There’s no special algorithm or way of knowing what will sell a million copies, or even a hundred copies! Publishing is a tough business and giving someone the opportunity to create a novel, whether fiction or non-fiction, is ultimately what I would love to do, whether that’s with a smaller publishing house, or with Penguin.
Maybe I should look into creating my own publishing house…
Future Lauren, get onto it!
What I’m currently reading: Game of Thrones Book 4: A Storm of Swords Part 2, Blood and Gold
(Phew, what a long title!)