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Two Roads Books is literally made up of two roads: Lisa and Fede. Which is why, every once in a while, we are very happy to welcome work experience people to our lovely HQs: they get a better idea of what it is like working in publishing (the fun bits, the exciting bits and the incredibly boring bits) and we get much needed help. Last month we had a student – Jamie – from UCL’s MA in Publishing spending two weeks with us, and we thought it might be nice for him to share his experience and tell you how wonderful we are!

I spent the first two weeks of my UCL Publishing placement with Two Roads and couldn’t have asked for a more useful time. I was made to feel welcome upon arrival with a copy of Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and a de rigour tote bag to carry my possessions around town in. Right from the get-go Lisa and Fede included me in the processes that went into making their books, whether that was allowing me to attend meetings or giving me tasks to do. With any luck there were one or two things I did that they found useful in return!

The majority of my time was spent working with Judy Fairbairn’s memoir Island Wife, which was published during my first week at Two Roads. This involved a mixture of marketing and editorial work. Firstly, I worked with the title on social media platforms, but beyond simply providing information about its release an important element of the work was to develop a community around the title, such

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as with the Vintage Island Wife photoset that added to the greater sense of the book. I was also able to fulfill a couple of editorial jobs and it was great to approach the title from the two angles and see how it all came together.

Published at the same time was Z: a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, which we celebrated with a prohibition themed party, replete with lipstick-stained teacups, pearls and gossip. As the title went through its final stages before becoming an eBook I was tasked with checking translations and prelims. I was also able to sit with Fede as he filled out the eBook conversion form – a task I did not envy him for.

Overall, I’d like to thank Two Roads for making my time with the company both enjoyable and useful. Lisa and Fede were kind enough to regularly explain elements of the business to me, whether that was how the Australian book market differed from the UK’s or some of the finer nuances of the London Book Fair as a myriad of agents, editors, sales and rights workers rushed around us in the Hachette stand.

See? We are nice! Thank you Jamie for your hard work and for always tackling projects with a great deal of enthusiasm, even when they involved Excel spreadsheets!

 

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