Penguin Random House Job Hack

So, as you may have seen on my Instagram, I was lucky enough to attend Penguin Random House’s Job Hack event in Halifax last week!


It was a great day and I really enjoyed it, especially all the workshops they came up with to demonstrate some of what they actually do in their roles. I’d say if you’re thinking of going into publishing but you aren’t sure exactly what department or what you really want to do then definitely go to this. Beforehand I’d only ever really considered Editorial or Marketing, but now I’m looking into the Digital side of things too.

Everyone was also really friendly and positive, and it was great to meet other people that want to get into the same industry as you. It seemed like mostly undergrad students there, (jealous) so if you’re an undergrad who’s considering it then go for it. If you’re not, go for it anyway!

We had a wonderful (and slightly controversial) debate at my table about classics, and ‘Top 40 music these days’ because I’m secretly middle aged, and lots of fun rewriting My Husband Next Door by Catherine Alliott for a man who liked Amazon reviews. (The title obviously makes it a natural thriller. Just imagine it with a spooky farmhouse on the cover and in bright block lettering à la Gone Girl. Boom.)


We also joint-won the challenge (Team Giraffe ftw) with another group who rewrote the blurb of Assassin’s Creed for someone who liked to read biographies. (Stunning work, guys. So jealous.) We all won proof copies, and I got a proof of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (release date: 12 January 2017). Here’s the blurb:


I look at my hands. One of them says


Flora has anterograde amnesia.

She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t – and the next day she remembers it.

It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone – she think he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

DUN DUN DUN. I haven’t started it yet but I’m already getting ‘YA version of Before I Go To Sleep’ vibes. I will let you know what I think asap, though I am buried in books at the moment. I also picked up a copy of Kate Chopin’s A Pair of Silk Stockings from the crush at the book table – yes, there was a book table – and on that note, I have exciting book signing posts to follow! It has been a very busy week.

To conclude, then: I had a great day. I am all over applying for work experience when the window opens (7th-20th of November) and all of you should apply too! There were also lots of other things that I could fit into this post but it’s already longer than usual, so if you have any questions, you know where the comments section is.


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