May Wrap-Up

Hello everyone, I knows it been ages since frequent blog posts but hopefully I am back now!! Yaaaaaaayyy. I have recently finished the teaching side to my MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes and I am coming to the end of my one month stint in London working at publishing houses. I am so grateful to Biteback Publishing and Icon Books for taking me in and teaching me so much. If you have any questions about publishing/an MA in publishing or internships – drop me a message in the comments.

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Due to my daily commute into London for the last month I have had a lot of reading time.  Check out the books I have read in May below –

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  1. The Child by Fiona Barton
  2. The Read Peter by Peter Dudgeon
  3. Equal Power by Jo Swinson 
  4. Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee
  5. The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson
  6. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
  7. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
  8. Post-Truth by James Ball
  9. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  10. Midnight Sun by Trish Cook
  11. (and I am currently reading) Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

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What have you been reading this month?

Little life lowdown…

Hey everyone, I have recently been absent because I went to Reading Festival and I have been organising my life ready to move to Oxford in September.

So, for the last three years (2014 – 2017) I have been doing my undergrad degree in English Literature in Bristol. (Only 40-50 minutes down the road from my hometown Swindon) Upon reflection, those three years were incredible. Of course at times I got caught up in the anxiety, stress and depression but I have gone out on the other side smiling…and you know what-for the first time-EVER- I feel proud. Proud of myself for gaining a high 2:1 in my degree and I am super proud of all the blood,sweat and tears I put into it.

I F**KING DID IT. YAAAASSS. 

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As mentioned above, university was incredible. I absolutely love learning and I am always hungry and eager for new information. Not only did I get to read some fantastic books along my journey but   I also met the most amazing people. I LOVE THEM AND TRULY APPRECIATE THEM. True friends for life. As cliche as it sounds, it is true…when you work so intensely with someone or live with someone you skip early stages of friendship and BAM you’re besties for life. Oh sometimes this can go wrong an people clash but that didn’t really happen to me, I am still friends now with two of the people I met on the first day and still really close to those who I lived with in years two and three.

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Do you live in Oxford? Where would you recommend going, eating, drinking, exploring. Tell me, tell me, tell me. I have only ever been to Oxford for theatre trips so I don’t know a lot.

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Also, how fricking cool is it that I am going to be starting my Publishing Masters?? Like me? Oh yaasss, learning all about the wonderful world of publishing…watch out future publishing houses…I am coming for you. (*fingers crossed* hopefully) They can just pile my desk up with books to edit and market and I won’t even complain, “BRING MORE” I’ll shout.  Remember when I did my publishing work experience last year and LOVED IT, that would be my life!!!

Any of my lovely followers completed an MA/ MASTERS? If so, how did you cope money wise? Actually anyone with money advice help me out because I am struggling to comprehend how I am going to survive the next year.

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How did you feel about this informal little chat up we just had? We became best friends right? But – seriously – I love interacting with you and would love to actually get to know you more, so drop a comment below…please.

Excitement awaits…

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I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be a good year, a lot of exciting things await…

  • I turn 21 in January.
  • Going to see Laura Marling in March.
  • Going to see Alyssa Edwards in March.
  • I will hand my dissertation in, in April.
  • Finish University on May the 9th.
  • Go interrailing on May the 10th around Europe (15 different places)  (post on travelling here)
  • I am doing a full time internship at the Publishing House.
  • I graduate from University in July.
  • I move house in July.
  • I start my Masters in September.

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Exciting new things…

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This week I am taking on extra responsibility and starting my placement at a publishing house (AHHHHHHH)  and I am starting  volunteering in a primary school with year fours.

Not only will I be a student and a part time employee BUT I will now be ‘Miss Waters’ and someone who is learning the publishing trade! How exciting is that?

People need to learn that anything is possible if you put your mind to it! That is why I am currently testing out different things, to see if it makes me realise what I want to do in the future.  I have always dreamt about going into publishing and I really hope that this placement reinforces it for me! AHHH BEING SURROUNDED BY THE WORLD OF BOOKS ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!!

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Wish me luck you lovely people out there!!