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Brynna Gabrielson, MA Publishing

Brynna Gabrielson, MA Publishing

Starkissed

After completing my BA in Creative Writing in Canada, I decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Publishing. Located in a city seemingly built on a foundation of famous literature,  Oxford Brookes seemed the perfect place to do it.  Attending Brookes was an amazing experience. I learned a great deal and met a vast array of fantastic people. As a big fan of ebooks and the evolving world of digital publishing, when it came time to select a topic for my major project, I decided it would be both a fun, and somewhat scary experiment to self-publish a novel I had written for my undergrad: Starkissed.   I undertook every task a publisher would in the creation and publishing of Starkissed. I was the editor and designer, as well as the marketing and sales team. My initial goal was to sell 75 copies in the first month, but instead I sold 773 copies. To date, exactly 13 months later, I have sold just over 6,500 copies. Studying at Oxford Brookes gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed in the publishing of Starkissed, and showed me that I could be a successful author and publisher all on my own.

You can buy the ebook here

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Posted on 12 Sep 2013 around 2pm

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Louise Swannell, BA Publishing and English

Louise Swannell, BA Publishing and English

Louise Swannell

Louise Swannell works at HarperCollins as a Publicity Director having spent thirteen years in the industry.

I started my career in Publishing straight out of university. The BA Publishing course provided great insight in to the industry, and I was lucky enough to be offered a job as a sales assistant on the day my degree results came in.  Having spent a year working at Mitchell Beazley I quickly realized I favoured marketing and publicity; and my career really took off from there. I've worked on high profile non-fiction and fiction campaigns to launching debut authors - this is a job where no day is the same, and the experiences are second to none. Highlights for me are being on tour with an author, achieving a Sunday Times Bestseller and widespread media coverage on publication after months of pitching. No book or campaign is the same and this enables you to keep learning, challenging yourself and keep motivated, pushing yourself to achieve the best results possible every time. Having taken a brief sabbatical to try my hand agency side, I can honestly say that once you’ve worked in-house for a publisher there is very little else that will give you equal enjoyment and career satisfaction.

Posted on 05 Sep 2013 around 12pm

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David Bailey, BA Publishing

David Bailey, BA Publishing

David Bailey

If someone had told me whilst studying for my degree in publishing that I would end up working for a bathroom company, it is fair to say that I wouldn’t have believed them!  The fact that I am demonstrates just how well the degree equips you with skills that can be transferred to a job in what might seem an unlikely sector.

Whilst I don’t directly work in publishing, I feel that my experience of following an alternative career path would benefit others considering or undertaking the degree as I know that I would not be where I am today without it.

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Posted on 02 Sep 2013 around 1pm

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Antonia Eraud, MA Publishing

Antonia Eraud, MA Publishing

Inspired by living in a fast paced world, former MA Publishing student Antonia Eraud has collaborated with fellow writers to produce Quick Stories Volume One, a collection of short short stories designed to be read on the tube, train, waiting for that friend who is always late, under a tree in the park on a rare sunny day …  anywhere you’ve got five minutes to spare.

The scintillating and eclectic collection of stories includes tales of lost innocence, stolen kisses, awkward dinner parties, nutty professors and much more besides. The book is the first volume in a series. Over time, the group will publish more and more volumes of Quick Stories, all very affordable and available to download from Amazon. Profits will be donated to the Literacy Trust. You can download the first book now from here

Posted on 17 Jun 2013 around 1pm

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Charlotte Morris, reflects on volunteeering at London Book Fair (#LBF13)

Charlotte Morris, reflects on volunteeering at London Book Fair (#LBF13)

Hot off the Press!  If you were following the #lbf13 hashtag you may have spotted one or two tweets from the lovely @charlieinabook (aka Charlotte Morris).  We asked her to give us a roundup of the seminars she helped out on.

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Posted on 19 Apr 2013 around 11am

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Lauren Moore, reflects on ‘Working in Publishing’ Event

Lauren Moore, reflects on ‘Working in Publishing’ Event

Working in Publishing Day – OICPS Thursday 7th March 2013

OICPS students, both undergraduate and postgraduate were invited to attend the annual ‘Working in Publishing’ day, which offered not only the chance to speed-date with a whole host of representatives from the publishing industry, but also CV and prospecting workshops with essential job application tips.

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Posted on 25 Mar 2013 around 1pm

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Sophie Hall, MA Publishing

Sophie Hall, MA Publishing

Sophie Hall - intern in Geneva

In making the decision to do the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes, I was really convinced by the international aspects of the course. Working with students from all over the world was a great social experience and allowed me insight into publishing and reading cultures in places as diverse as China, India, and South Africa, to name just a few.

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Posted on 25 Mar 2013 around 11am

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Jan Crosser, MA Publishing

Jan Crosser, MA Publishing

Jan Crosser is a Global Business Development Manager at Oxford University Press. Her role is mainly focused on developing new business relationships and translation opportunities for OUP’s Academic, Medical, and Higher Education lists throughout Eastern Europe, the Nordics, Holland and South East Asia.

Applying for the MA course was really the next logical progression after Uni – I’d recently graduated with a BA in English Lit and had no idea what I’d be doing with that, and I was one of those stereotypical Americans who had never left the country. A publishing course in England seemed to tick all the right boxes: far away from my hometown? Check.  Something even remotely connected to my BA? Check.  A chance to meet the dashing Englishman of my dreams? Check.

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Posted on 11 Mar 2013 around 10am

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Aurelie Noirbent, BA Publishing

Aurelie Noirbent, BA Publishing

Aurelie Noirbent is Head of Production at the Osprey Group, an international publishing company focused on producing the best content for enthusiasts across a broad range of specialist areas including military history, heritage and nostalgia, transport history, crafts, antiques, science fiction and fantasy.

Exactly ten years ago, I was preparing to move to the UK from France in order to start a BA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. A slightly unnerving prospect, especially since my English was shaky to say the least! Once classes started though, I soon found my feet, thanks in no small part to the support of my tutors. I came to relish the opportunities for independent study, and particularly enjoyed the spirit of co-operation between the lecturers and students. Being foreign was a challenge at first, but it soon became a strength, as it afforded me a different viewpoint on some of the topics we studied – again, my lecturers helped me considerably to grasp this insight!

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Posted on 12 Sep 2012 around 2pm

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Renae Haines, MA In Publishing 2010-11

Renae Haines, MA In Publishing 2010-11

Life after the MA

I am now a project manager with the Quayside Publishing Group, which is part of the London-based Quarto Group. It's an editorial position. We're located about 20 miles north of Boston. Quayside is primarily a trade reference publisher, and if you'd told me while I was at Brookes that I'd end up in trade reference, my mind would have filled with thoughts of dictionaries and I would have told you you were insane. But we don't publish dictionaries, we publish books for enthusiasts: subjects like cooking, crafts, hobbies, backyard blacksmithing, relationships, health, and even The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens. I work with four imprints: Rockport, Quarry, Fair Winds, and Quiver. Rockport is the oddball at Quayside: while the focus of the imprint is on various types of design (graphic, fashion, etc.) and fits in with the enthusiasts theme, it's much more academically-oriented than the others. The other three imprints cover such diverse and niche areas that I'm constantly learning new things (not just about publishing, but also about completely random subjects like how to make marshmallows) and meeting authors from a truly diverse array of backgrounds. "Monotonous" is the last word I'd use to describe my job.

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Posted on 11 Jul 2012 around 4pm

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