Posted 06.09.21 by Bella Williams
I’ve had a wonderful time working with the Editorial team at Penguin Random House Children’s this summer! I’ve primarily been working in the Puffin Picture Book team, helping to develop an audio project, but I’ve also had the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of other projects.
The audio project involved working with Eric Hill’s Spot series. I was engaged in a variety of editorial tasks such as proofreading manuscripts and checking audio files. I even got to sit in on audio recording sessions and hear the voice actors at work!
I also assisted the Editorial team by creating PowerPoint slides based on the previous year’s sales of Eric Carle books (the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and used a central database with details of every title Penguin has ever published, to gather information. I helped check Meg and Mog plotters before they were sent to production and enjoyed reading new submissions before giving feedback in team meetings. Everyone was so friendly and interested to hear what I had to say!
As I was interested in the work done by Creative Responsibility, I helped them to collate a list of Penguin picture books by authors of colour. I loved completing this task as it was a great way to get acquainted with all the children’s books Penguin have published.
When I first started at Penguin, I was surprised by the vast number of different departments and tasks that needed to be completed before a book could be published. From Sales to Rights, Design to Production, every department must collaborate and work together to ensure Penguin can continue producing high-quality books.
One of my favourite parts of the internship has been having the opportunity to speak to a wide range of people and to learn about their roles. Everyone I’ve met has been so passionate about the work that they do and more than happy to talk with me about it!
The advice I would give to someone thinking about applying is that they should go for it because getting real hands-on experience is the best way to learn more about publishing. The internship passes quickly so make sure you speak to as many people as possible! Try to find out which parts of publishing interest you the most then get in touch with someone who works in that area and ask if they are free for a chat.
I’m so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to work for Penguin Random House this summer. I’ve learnt so much and it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside such a talented, inspiring, and kind team.
Good luck to anyone thinking of applying, interning at Penguin really is a fantastic experience!