I spent a long time considering what I want to do with my life, when I was little I wanted to be a teacher, on the days I didn’t want to be a princess, and for a while after that I wanted to be a doctor, on the days I didn’t want to be a teacher. Turns out I had much more realistic life goals as a small child than I did as teenager. When I was around 14 I decided I wanted to be an author, at around 16 I realised I probably wouldn’t make it as an author, but if I couldn’t write the books, I still might be able to produce them.
Publishing is a competitive industry, I know this. Publishing is also what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I honestly thought it would be a very long time, and an awful lot of effort and tears and wondering why on Earth I paid actual money for a BA in English before I got anywhere. Lucky for me my Uni is kinda amazing. This term I got the opportunity to apply for a publishing e-placement. If I got it I would spend a semester working long-distance for a publishing house. It was a slim chance and I knew it, 14 places on the module for the whole year, that’s over 100 people to each space, and I had 300 words to convince them I was worthy of one of them. Unbelievably, I was successful.
I think they must’ve been the best 300 words I’ve ever written.
This is the beginning of the rest of my life, the beginning of a career I desperately want, and hopefully the beginning of something brilliant.
Wishing you as much luck as I’ve had this week