Jana Gengnagel, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2013-2014

October 12th, 2013 | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Jana Gengnagel, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2013-2014

“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers”  – Charles W. Eliot

I have always loved books. As a kid, I went to the library once a week to get new reading material to satisfy my hunger for books. Growing older, this did not change. On the contrary, my passion for the printed word actually increased. When the time came to decide on a subject of study, I knew it had to be something with books and how they are made. I finally ended up at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, where I studied Book Studies, European Literature, and History. I chose my minor subjects European Literature and History in order to keep my future career path as broad as possible.

During my studies I had the chance to do an internship with the publishing house of Feder&Schwert, where I did a lot of proofreading and was able to translate the book “The Good, the Bad and the Uncanny”, written by Simon R. Green, into German. After my internship, I worked for them as a freelancer translating another book and doing some more proofreading.

Apart from my studies, I worked as a temp for a bookshop in Worms where I advised customers which book they may want to read. Furthermore, I helped selling schoolbooks.

I am really interested in editing and marketing, especially fantasy books, historical fiction, and children’s books. I am sure that I will be able to expand my knowledge of publishing further while studying with the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.