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Meet the Interns – Ashleigh Kelly

Published 21st March, 2017 in Meet the Intern
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a very tall recent uni graduate with a love for books, coffee, yoga, brunch, and a good nap. I’ve been passionate about writing since I was young and always had dreams of becoming a famous author. It was only once I got to university that I developed a keen interest in the behind-the-scenes of the novel and the entire publishing process. I would love to get into the publishing industry, and maybe even one day publish my own book.

What are/were you studying at university and what’s next?

I studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communications and Media Studies and English and Cultural Studies at UWA, and I really enjoyed it! I’m currently having a bit of a break from study and taking this year to get my bearings, so at the moment I’m working part-time, interning at MRP, and doing some volunteer writing jobs so that I can gain as much experience as possible. I hope to do my Masters and move to Melbourne, but one step at a time!

Do you have a favourite book or favourite authors?

My favourite book of all time would have to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; I just love his experimental style, and no book has had me weeping as much as that one! I’m also a new fan of Haruki Murakami and am slowly making my way through his works, and I’ve got to give a shout-out to my most recent read, Jasper Jones, which has become one of my all-time favourites!

What did a typical day involve as an intern at Margaret River Press?

At this point, I’ve only been an intern for three days, and my first day on the job involved the book launch for Nicole_Sinclair’s “Bloodlines,” so it’s safe to say there hasn’t been a “typical” day so far! As a gal from the northern suburbs who doesn’t get into the city a lot, I have decided to start my days by sampling some of the great coffee in the area 😉 Then my fellow intern, Georgia, and I get together to source and schedule our social media posts for the week across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. We then check for any other tasks to do. So far this has ranged from drafting the MRP newsletter to marketing activities to whipping up some graphics on Canva. There’s always something to do!

Is there a particular area of publishing you’re looking to head into or another type of work?

I will take anything I can get! I’m so passionate about the entire publishing process that I honestly would not mind any role I got; everything is a learning experience, and I want to learn as much as I can.

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