I was really lucky to find this placement as OldCastle Books is probably one of the smallest book publishers in the
After being at 2 smaller book publishers (Little Tiger Press and John Blake), I wanted to once again sample working life in a smaller place. I spent a few months there, so it was also one of the longest placements I have been on. The greatest part of this placement was being able to do a lot of varied tasks. I was able to spend time with the MD, and mix with a team of people who are close and tight-knit.
At OldCastle Books, I spent time out of the office as well as in. For example, I was delighted to be able to work at the book launch for Lyndsay Russell and to publicise Clem Chamber’s books in London – this even got coverage in the local magazine Harpendia. (http://www.harpendia.com/Books.html)
These are the other tasks I was involved in:
- General admin duties (of course)
- Database work
- Using spreadsheets for data input
- Producing files as part of E-book production
- Digital marketing
- Mail outs
- Checking Amazon Rankings and Author Pages
Overall, this is probably the number one book placement I’ve had in terms of the variation of tasks given. In my opinion it was definitely worth the experience and I developed my skills a great deal.