Meet the UQP team: Ariane Ryan, intern
How long have you been in your role?
My internship goes for one university semester, so around three months.
What drew to you becoming a UQP intern?
I am a huge fan of UQP’s list – they ensure that they are publishing a diverse range of authors and topics, many of which are Australian-focused. Everyone who works here is so passionate about what they do, and above all else they love books. That is exactly the kind of workplace I would love to be a part of, so it was such a joy to have the opportunity to intern here!
What does an average day as an intern look like for you?
Due to the COVID situation I unfortunately only got to work at the office for two weeks before we began to work from home, so my situation was a little different to most intern’s. Despite this, everyone in the team was so supportive and made sure that I was still taken care of and provided with plenty of work to do. Each week I would get jobs from different people in the office. It was mostly up to me to ensure that I always had projects to work on, so you definitely need to have the confidence to take initiative and let people know what you need. I would spend my day editing, writing, proofreading, and most of all reading. Once I’d completed a project I would have a zoom or phone call meeting with the team member I’d been working for to get feedback.
What’s the best part about your internship?
Getting to work with such a passionate team and have the chance to do what I love and have always dreamed of doing – working with books!
And the worst?
I honestly can’t think of anything! Everything was a learning experience and even the parts that were challenging helped me so much with developing my skills and confidence.
What are some of the things you learnt in your internship?
Where do I begin! I learnt so many practical skills such as writing reader’s reports, structural edits, line editing, media releases, and cover briefs. I learnt how the different roles within a publishing company work and interact with each other – the process of making a book is much more complicated than anyone realises.
Did you learn anything that surprised you?
Working in publishing is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle. You need to be completely dedicated and passionate about your work in order to succeed in this industry.
What do you like to read for pleasure?
I’ve always been a sucker for fantasy and dystopia, especially YA, but my favourite book of all time is 1984 by George Orwell. I love how the dystopian genre makes you consider the structures of society and your place in it.
Where to from here?
I have one semester left of my Master’s, but I’ve already started applying for jobs in publishing. I’m hoping to move to either Sydney or Melbourne at the end of the year, if the situation with COVID allows it. This internship has cemented that this is the industry for me, and I can’t wait to continue my journey in publishing. My dream would be to work in an editorial role in children’s and YA.