An insight from Abbie Wood . . .
I spent my time working with two editors, who were very quick to help me settle in, explain the way a publishing house works, and what would be expected of me.
They quickly got me started on editorial tasks. Because MBI has in-house authors, I got the chance to put together some books of my own, and even come up with some ideas for future books. I was taught the difference between writing a factual children’s book, and more fictional board, or picture books. On the other hand, I was also expected to be critical. The role of an editor is, of course, to edit the content that is being produced and published, and I found that I was given the opportunity to practice editing skills. Without question, this was what I enjoyed most about my time at MBI: the experience of writing, reading and editing the books that are being produced.
Perhaps the most important thing I learned from my time at MBI is that publishing (particularly children’s books), will be my future career. If you have ever considered publishing or writing as a possible career choice, or even have an interest and would like to explore the world of publishing further, I highly recommend doing work experience here!
Of course, thank you so much to everyone at Make Believe Ideas for being so welcoming and helpful during my entire time there. I cannot wait to continue my journey into publishing and children’s books and to return to such a creative and welcoming environment as Make Believe Ideas.