Ashley Valli is pretty damn choice, if you’re asking me. She laughs often. She reacts and interacts with the world as if it were a particularly exciting video game. In general, she makes the office more fun and a lot funnier. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ashley!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I moved to Perth to study writing and to get my degree. Currently, I’m trying to get published, as well as learn more about the inner-workings of the publishing industry. In my spare time, I’m usually buried in a book, getting coffee with friends, or exploring what Perth has to offer from bubble tea to Bikram Yoga.
What are you studying at university and what’s next?
Right now, I’m studying Creative Writing and Professional Writing & Publishing at Curtin University as a double major. As for what’s next, it’s a draw between trying my luck at freelancing and doing a one-year graduate diploma in education. Perhaps both.
Do you have a favourite book or favourite authors?
My favourite book is prone to changing — at the moment I think it’s Stephen King’s Cujo. I just can’t get enough of that rascally dog and the entire plot being a lead-up of coincidence. Apparently he wrote the book without so much as writing down the plot, which I envy incredibly.
What does a typical day involve as an intern at Margaret River Press?
It involves tracking down the latest of Margaret River Press news. For instance, Isabelle Li gets a lot of feedback on her book A Chinese Affair. It’s all about keeping the social medias updated, letting our followers stay in the know on what events are happening, which one of our talented authors won what award, and what books to look forward to in the months to come. It also involves a level of editing, such as making sure what’s going on our newsletter, our blog, and other social media platforms, is up-to-standard. The day could involve anything from creating event posters, updating publisher platforms, to reviewing manuscripts based on their potential as publishable material.
Is there a particular area of publishing you’re looking to head into?
I think being in the business sounds grand enough to me. From what I’ve experienced, I’d love to go into the editing side of things. I’ve always loved the fundamentals of editing whether it be through books like the Style Manual for Australian authors or simply looking at my own work and wondering how it could be better. It seems like a really satisfying field to play a key part in, to make a writing piece go from having some potential to becoming a finalised piece.
Ashley Valli moved to Perth from Bunbury to pursue her love of writing. She is currently in her third-year of her Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Professional Writing & Publishing at Curtin University, where she is immersed in her publishing units. She loves a decent pair of jeans and exploring new creativity-inspiring places in Perth. One day she hopes to type more than she sips her coffee.