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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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Emily Hunter, MA Publishing

Emily Hunter, MA Publishing

Emily Hunter works as an editor at Oxford University Press. She writes about her job search:

I started finalising my CV and applying for jobs about 2 months before the end of the MA course, thinking that it would give me plenty of time and some opportunities for interview practice. However, 3 months and about 25 applications later I hadn’t heard back from a single one and was feeling quite disheartened. I kept trying though and soon afterwards I got a job at Oxford University Press doing exactly what I had hoped for. I was considering stopping the job search and looking for other study opportunities for another year, but I am really glad I kept going as otherwise I would never have got this job. When I did get to interview, the MA was a major part of my success, and it has prepared me brilliantly for the job, which meant that learning the ropes in my first few months was much more stress-free.

Posted on 30 May 2012 around 10am

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Ian Campsall, MA Publishing

Ian Campsall, MA Publishing

When I began the Brookes Publishing MA in 2011, I had a background in media sales and education and was looking to make a career change into publishing.  Before the course began, I was worried that my previous experience would be wasted and would not be relevant to my newly chosen field.  However, I found that my business experience was very relevant to the work I was doing at Brookes and that the people skills I had developed as a teacher were critical to the group projects.  Despite the fact that I was older than the majority of the students, I found that I was learning as much from them as I was passing on my own experience.

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Posted on 30 May 2012 around 10am

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Elizabeth Brennan, MA Publishing

Elizabeth Brennan, MA Publishing

I did the MA in Publishing at Brookes in 2003-2004 and am now working in Dublin as Commissioning and Managing Editor at Orpen Press (www.orpenpress.com).  Orpen, the trade books division of Blackhall Publishing, publishes informative, practical and relevant Irish non-fiction, focused on what affects people’s lives in Ireland now. The subject matter of our books ranges from the political to the personal.

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Posted on 24 May 2012 around 3pm

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