Marian Pérez-Santiago, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 7th, 2016 by marian_perez-santiago | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Marian Pérez-Santiago, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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When I was five years old, my family and I packed up our lives in Puerto Rico and moved to small-town Texas. Switching from one culture and language to another is a fairly radical change for anyone, but, to make the transition more difficult, I was placed in a school with no “English as a Second Language” course option. This meant that I couldn’t communicate with anyone, including my teachers. I took some comfort in the fact that my family and I were all in the same position, but the experience was, nonetheless, an isolating one. I was an outgoing, exuberant child so I wanted to learn English desperately, the way other kids wanted recess or snack time. Slowly I came to grasp the language, but it was not until I learned to read that I felt confident.  With the next school year came required reading time. I started hesitantly, my English halting and full of mistakes, but I persisted. By the end of the school year, I was one of the best readers in my grade.

Thus began my love of reading. I speak fluent English because of the books I read growing up; in a very literal sense, reading opened up a whole new world for me. My love of reading inspired me to declare an English Language and Literature major at university and allowed me to explore and analyze books in a way I hadn’t before. When graduation came around, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my degree. I worked in customer service at a zoo for about a year and a half, during which I had time to reflect on what I really wanted my future to look like. The decision to work in the publishing industry seemed an obvious one. However, I knew I didn’t yet have the skills I needed, so I made the decision to return to the academic world. My search for a master’s program in publishing led me to the University of Stirling, where I’m discovering more about the industry every day. I know firsthand the difference that good books can make in people’s every day lives. It is my goal to be part of the industry that changed my life so profoundly. After graduation, I’d like to move somewhere warm and work in translations or editorial.

You can find me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Morven Gow, MLitt Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 7th, 2016 by morven_gow | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Morven Gow, MLitt Publishing Studies 2016-17
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“How brave of you.” “How inspiring!” “I’d love to do that – good on you!”
Reactions to news that I have signed up to be one of the first humans trying to grow spinach in a cloche on Mars? Or perhaps to an announcement that I am contemplating a fire-walk, swimming Loch Lomond, and cycling the world? Neither of those. I find myself a Hero for the Middle-Aged Worker simply by returning to Uni.
What has brought me here to study publishing at Stirling? I wanted to shake up my skills and go back to the future, to focus on writing. After 30 years planning and buying advertising campaigns, with some PR experience, working on campaigns for some of Scotland’s bastions of culture (National Museums, National Galleries, National Library), newspaper publishers, retailers, banks, whiskies, political, and public health campaigns, I thought I would brush up my writing skills to suit the digital age adding what is known in the trade as content marketing to the skills I could offer my employer and my clients. A quick Google brought me to the Publishing Scotland website, and information about a day course on the subject. But I wanted something with more depth. I read information on the site about PG courses in publishing, and although I discounted the idea at the time, a small persistent voice (coupled with the louder voices of my friends) kept asking, “why not? Books are a passion for you, and you love a beautifully designed hip posh mag”. After a meeting with the course director, Frances, the idea blossomed, I applied – and here I am, loving my new life as a student on a well respected course, thinking new thoughts, on a beautiful campus, with fellow students from all over the world.
Now that the course has begun, I can see that the Publishing Studies course will repurpose me for the next stage in my life – rather like a classic G Plan chair, reupholstered and reoiled.
Officially self-employed, I am a consultant for my previous company combining blog writing and communication advice with media planning and buying, and looking for some experience in book and magazine marketing from publishers before I graduate, with an eye to moving into that area as a consultant at the end of the course.

I can be found at@Morv60 on Twitter and at Morven Gow on LinkedIn

Hongyue Su(Sue), MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 5th, 2016 by hongyue_su | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Hongyue Su(Sue), MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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196512089I am Hongyue Su.You can call me Sue. I come from Changchun of the Jilin province in the northeast of China, which has similar weather to Stirling. Changchun is famous for cars and movies, and is one of the cities where more than 50% of the land covered by trees.

There are a lot of changes in the process of continuous learning. I stopped studying the electronic organ which I have practiced for 6 years, and table tennis which I practiced for 7 years. But there are still some things that do not change, such as reading books, watching movies and traveling. Now I love fitness in the gym. When I get left alone with strangers, I may be too shy to talk. I like to stay with friends, but also enjoy a personal time to do some of my favourite things.

In China, my undergraduate major was publishing, which I studied for 4 years. In recent years, the publishing industry has gradually become globalized, and certain books have been sought after by people. This makes me want to go abroad to study why books could be so magic.

I chose this major after serious consideration because my family members work in the publishing industry. They usually take the products home which were published in their companies. Not only is the study is full of the books, but also their whole home. Therefore I have a habit of reading which was cultivated by my parents since childhood. When I was young, publishing in China was not so simple. There was no Internet or dedicated publishing platforms, so a large number of people found it very difficult to publish their own articles. Every work has to go through a lot of editors’ selection and revision, in order to ensure the quality of books.

However, with the rapid development of the network, many people publish their own articles on the Internet or through a variety of communities. The form of publishing also changed, from the simple print books to e-books. An increasing amount of information is available to people: how to choose the good and useful one from so many books? It depends the work of editors.

Good editors can give people the same benefits as good teachers. They both can filter good knowledge and the article to share with more people from mass publication, so that readers can get useful knowledge meanwhile save money and time to learn more. That’s what I want to do. Maybe I prefer to read rather than write. Even though I write something like a diary occasionally, but it is not professional enough, I think I need to learn more about writing skills and make my articles more academic.

I hope that in this year, I can learn more knowledge from book and life, and can make friends from different countries. After seeing some different worlds and feeling the different life I can become a better me.

Rachel Patrick, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 4th, 2016 by Rachel | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Rachel Patrick, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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pictureFrom a young age, I always had a passion for reading and decided to do an English degree when I left high school. I ended up at the University of Stirling, which was quite convenient for me as it wasn’t too far from my hometown.

Since there’s no obvious career path to follow when you’ve studied English Literature, graduating from my undergraduate degree was an exciting time but also a slightly scary one as I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do next. After an awful lot of panicking and pondering I decided I wanted to undertake further study of some sort, but it had to be something involving books. Considering how much I had enjoyed my time at the university the first time around, I ended up looking into postgraduate courses at Stirling. I’d heard about the Publishing Studies course a few times already and had always thought it sounded like something I might like to do in the future, since the process of how books are put together is something that really fascinates me. I was particularly sold and excited after reading how highly past students had spoken of the course.

Before starting the course, I wasn’t sure which part of the publishing process I wanted to be involved in, but I think the recent SYP Editorial event I attended convinced me that I’d love to work in editing one day. I think this course will provide me with the skills to feel confident enough to pursue that career eventually.

I’m on Twitter and LinkedIn although I haven’t mastered either so far.

Anna-Corinne Egermo, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 4th, 2016 by anna-corrine_egermo | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Anna-Corinne Egermo, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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12794429_10207339032212061_6031299158607376096_n As Anna-Corinne tried to escape her motherland she discovered that every conversation she had began with ”So, where are you from?” Culture inevitably defines us, but she could no longer pretend to find new acquaintances ‘interesting’. The most overused word in both the languages she knew, she was getting bored with ‘interesting’. And yet she could not help but find herself curious of the people she conversed with. There was a sense of freshness when someone, surprisingly, found her Swedish opinions edgy; they were just old pieces of furniture acquired in the classrooms of public schools. She could remember every event leading up to her present condition, and she imagined everyone else remembering their own shaping as vividly. With the same disinterest familiarity brings.

So, to get to the point: she came from the Swedish woodland, spent her weekends competing in showjumping and eventually took her degree in Comparative Literature at Linköping University. Why did she think she could study publishing? Mostly because she would not bother to learn Russian; the ultimate dream was to study Dostoevsky’s The Possessed forever. But when heaven was not to be had, she settled for the best of brutal reality: the making of books. Because there was nothing more noble to this girl than to print words on a page.

Anna-Corinne is to be found on Twitter and Instagram as annacorinneegermo.

Stephan Pohlmann, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 3rd, 2016 by Stephan Pohlmann | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Stephan Pohlmann, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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In a small town with forests, ironworks, two hiatuses and one diphthong in it, which was called Georgsmarienhütte, lived my past self by the name of Stephan Pohlmann. While I consider myself still very much alive, I have since moved to Scotland, from where I am hereby introducing myself to the internet.

My home town is in Lower Saxony, in the northwest of Germany, an area best known for the Teutoburg Forest, which used to be smiling at me through the window of my room. That might actually be why, for the most part of my time there, I ended up devouring books with extensive woodlands in the script, be it the forest of Fangorn, the primeval forests of Nordic and Celtic mythology, Birnam Wood, the Forest of the Carnutes (explicitly in the Asterix series), or Sherwood Forest.

I did my bachelor’s degree in what we so cryptically called “European Studies”, investigating laws, politics, literature, languages and culture of the European Union and its nations. Questions of nationhood and how literature branded these nations became my speciality, a further focus lay on Scotland and Ireland. Effectively, I did European politics combined with Anglophone language and culture, a combination that has risen just a tiny little bit in significance and media coverage during the last months. I might have contemplated going into politics, however I somehow must have found myself to be either not disillusioned enough or too idealistic for the job when, instead, I decided to dedicate my future life to influencing fictional worlds.

By autumn 2015, after an internship at a literature centre, I had made up my mind that it would have to be publishing. Furthermore, seeing that I spent the two previous years doing research on Scotland, I figured it would be about time to finally spent more than a holiday there. I found Stirling University, stopped looking for something else, and so far have not regretted the decision.

I am here to stay for a while, at least until I can finally understand MacDiarmid’s A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle. For the distant future, I would say that I will utilize my not-too-bad command of the German language and go into copy or translation editing on the German or UK market, but preferably in the intersection between the two. And regardless of how Jon Snow will be treated by the following A Song of Ice and Fire novels, I would like to prevent him from the most horrible fate of all; having his name translated even one more time into “Jon Schnee” for the German books. That is cruel. Moreover, I still very much like the idea of putting ideas out there. But right now, I am absolutely open to the possibility that these ideas might be about The Very Hungry Caterpillar; how to make proper Scottish shortbread; the next inspiring crime-solver; Bernd the Bread; the next forestal fantasy publication or whatever people will be wanting to read in five or ten years.

Feel free to find me, on Twitter and LinkedIn, either worthwhile connecting with or rather uninteresting.

Lenka Murova, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 3rd, 2016 by Lenka Murova | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Lenka Murova, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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px6bbtklIt will not come as a surprise if I say that I like books, having done a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Essex. Now I’m working towards a MLitt in Publishing Studies. So, yes, I do like books, but more specifically, I have a fascination with words and how easily they can influence people.

I am from Slovakia, where I attended a bilingual Grammar School and developed my interest in the English language. I have loved reading books from a young age. But translating takes time and since I could not wait to get my hands on the newest titles, I ended up reading them in English. I realised that a whole new world of books existed outside the limited Slovak market I was familiar with.

Eventually, I found my way to the world of graphic novels and comic books. I pursued this interest further when I held the position of vice-president of the Graphic Novel and Comic Book society in my final year of my BA studies. There I had the chance to interact with other people with similar interests. I learnt more about the inner workings of the comic book publishing industry through the various events we organised. During my studies I got the chance to delve deeper into the English language as I studied literary works that influenced the world. However, it was during my time at the society when I realised that I was very interested in the ‘’man behind the curtain’’.

The strong influence that the written word can have on people, how it can bring light to important issues, or just soothe a broken soul is mesmerising to me, as are the people who are involved in the process of getting the words out there.

I wish to learn more and understand the individuals who help produce books that have such a strong impact on people. Hopefully, one day, I will get the chance to work with some of them.

You can find me at twitter or look at my linkedin profile.

Siqi Cai, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 3rd, 2016 by siqi_cai | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Siqi Cai, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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Hi, I am Siqi, from China. To be honest, I would never have believed that I would be here in Stirling, studying publishing. I studied at the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, and my major was digital publishing. Now, I still am able to study publishing in depth.

When speaking about why I chose the subject, I have to mention my hobby from kid to adult. Reading books has been one of my favorite hobbies all the time. Growing up, I was gradually curious about how a book is produced professionally and magically.

Fortunately, I systematically acquired knowledge about publishing, editing, communication and so forth in the four-year study at the university. And, luckily for me, I can continue to study and explore the field in University of Stirling which is a prestigious and beautiful campus. Studying abroad is a challenge for me, but I have a founding belief I can accept the challenge and overcome it. I know that improving myself and changing beyond myself is difficult but I want to try and challenge myself beyond what I’ve done before. There are kind of differences that I found studying in UK and in my country. For example, in the UK I have to manage my own time and tasks effectively. I need to read a great number of professional books and resources. Having entered several weeks of course, I have broadened my own view and enriched my knowledge in publishing industry. I have learned business model about how a publisher operates and had an unforgettable experience of visiting bookshops. I have learned preliminary research skills. I hope that I will improve my editorial ability and enhance critical thanking and analytical ability after one year. It is beneficial to my employment in the future.

All in all, after graduation, I completely look forward to do related-publishing jobs in China, even abroad.




Kanika Praharaj, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17

November 3rd, 2016 by Kanika Praharaj | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Kanika Praharaj, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-17
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Hi, I’m Kanika and I come from the sunny (read: burning) city of Delhi in India.

Cliché alert: I adore reading, and though I’m partial towards the physical book, I also use a Kindle (more platforms equals more reading). Prior to coming to Stirling, I studied English Literature at the University of Delhi, which is where I started taking an interest in publishing in the first place.

While in my first year, I gained entry into the editorial board of our department’s annual magazine. The magazine was printed to be distributed free of cost, mostly amongst students and staff of our own department (we didn’t print too many copies). My colleagues and I had to do everything from copy-editing, proofreading, typesetting, and designing the magazine to looking at the financial aspects of the whole publication process. And because we were funded by the department we had to cut costs in numerous ways, including physically carrying 150 newly printed copies of the magazine back to our college in the sweltering heat.

In my second year, our literary society invited a new novelist for an event for our department’s annual fest. As I was responsible for this event, I was constantly in contact with a representative of the publishing house. My conversations with her piqued my curiosity and I began researching the field. The fact that I got a number of free books for my work helped.

I’ve been here at the University of Stirling for just over a month now and I can already feel my vision of my future in publishing changing. My focus has started shifting from proofreading and copy-editing, things that I’ve always done, to production, something that I’ve only recently become familiar with.

Here’s to hoping that there’s something waiting for me over the MLitt in Publishing Studies rainbow!

Find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Emma Morgan, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-2017

November 3rd, 2016 by emma_morgan | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Emma Morgan, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2016-2017
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Ever since I found out that books didn’t grow on trees, I’ve wanted to have a job that would let me work with them in some way.  Or at the very least, to own a Beauty and the Beast-style Library.  While I’m still working on the massive library, I’m excited to have started working on the career in books.

I studied Law at the University of Glasgow, and while that wasn’t directly linked to books, I learned a lot.  Mostly, I learned that I do not want to work in Law, but I’m still glad that I worked hard and managed to get my degree since it was a challenging course that made me push myself.  Once I realised that Law was not for me, I began to think about what other areas might suit me, and there was nothing so obvious as publishing, though it took me a while to find it.

I began to think about publishing as a career in my third year, when I was studying abroad at the University of Granada in Spain.  I think the combination of studying Law and attempting to speak Spanish whilst doing so was enough to make me realise that whatever I chose to pursue as a career, I wanted to really love it.  I have always had a love of travelling, and planes are an excellent opportunity for reading, so in my year abroad, I got to indulge both my passions and returned to Scotland convinced that I wanted to work with books, and sadly without even the slightest hint of a tan!

Once I did my research and applied to the University of Stirling, publishing seemed like an incredibly obvious choice for me, and my family, friends and everyone who has known me for longer than half an hour agreed that I should have thought of it long ago.  Everything I’ve begun to learn at the University of Stirling has helped to convince me that I am in the right field, and that getting a Masters degree from Stirling will help me find a job in the publishing industry.

When I graduate, I hope to have gained the skills and experience that will give me a head-start in this competitive but exciting industry.  I would love to work in editorial, and in fiction, but at this point, I am eager to gain as much experience of the industry as possible, to try to narrow down my options.  I would like to think that when I graduate, it will be the start of a long career producing and publishing books, and I’m sure that I’ll be one step closer to the enormous, impractical library of my dreams.

I can be found on Twitter or Facebook.