Jennifer Hamrick, MLitt Publishing Studies 2014-2015

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Jennifer Hamrick, MLitt Publishing Studies 2014-2015

Jennifer Hamrick“Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” – Thomas Carlyle

Howdy! My name is Jenny Hamrick and this is my first year as a postgraduate student. I recently graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a minor degree in rhetoric and writing. Although I was born, raised, and educated in Texas, I have always held a certain fascination with Scotland. I studied abroad in Edinburgh two years ago and fell absolutely in love with this beautiful country and amazing people, which led me to come back again to study publishing at Stirling.

As both an avid reader by nature as well as a former student of English literature, I will always believe that books are the greatest treasures we can possibly possess. A few bound pages can contain entire worlds full of fascinating characters, dramas, villainous plots, fantastical creatures, and personal dilemmas. The printed words of a single author can reflect a society, an era, or even the hard-to-comprehend workings of the human soul. It is for these reasons I became interested in publishing- in the ways both individuals and companies make novels (and other textual content) available to readers. I want to be part of the process that molds the words of an author into a quality product that has the power to potentially transform the life of a reader.

I am excited to begin my studies and look forward in particular to learning more about editing in which I get to work with the text directly. This is going to be a great year!