My name is Alice, as in Wonderland, and I am a post-graduate publishing student at the University of Stirling.
My journey into publishing was a long one, now that I look back on it. After I left school (in 2008) I was sure I wanted to do art, but that changed about six months into a portfolio building course at Aberdeen College. Unsure of what I actually wanted to do I took a year off to work and hopefully figure things out.
I eventually settled on two years of social sciences at Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy, mainly to get out of Aberdeen and give myself some more time to figure things out. At this point I was pretty set on being an English teacher. However, when my friend pointed out that I don’t exactly have the patience needed to spend five days a week in a building full of teenagers, that idea whet out the window pretty quickly.
I knew I wanted to spend my life around books and I eventually settled on publishing as a career choice. In 2012 I went to the University of Aberdeen to study my undergraduate in English and History. Over the next four years I became even more committed to making my way into the publishing world.
I chose to do a masters mainly because I wasn’t really ready to stop being a student; I have been one for so long now it’s weird to think that it will all be over in less than a year. I also think it’s a brilliant way to learn about the industry that I want to spend the rest of my working life in.
Editorial is the dream, in either Trade or Academic publishing, but marketing seems like it would be interesting too.
So here I am, at 26, finally decided on what I want to do. I am incredibly happy with my choice and honestly don’t think I would have done it any other way. I’m excited to find out what the publishing life has in store for me.
So many publishing adventures await.