Ellen Cheng, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2011-12

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Alumni | Comments Off on Ellen Cheng, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2011-12

Ellen at the London Book Fair 2012

Choosing to be a part of the University of Stirling must be the greatest decision in my entire life. I attended the MLitt Publishing Studies programme in 2011/2012.

Before I joined the big family, I was a commissioning editor working in Taiwan. By thinking of getting more experience of e-books and rights licensing, I made my mind up to apply to the programme. The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication provides rich training courses from editing, marketing and distribution to train students familiar with the whole publishing supply chain. In addition, having the chance to attend the London Book Fair in April is fantastic. I even found an opportunity to have a summer internship in Chicken House, a professional YA fiction publisher.

Now I work as foreign rights specialist at Suncolor Publishing Group, one of the Top 5 publishing enterprises within Taiwan. My job is to manage all the intellectual properties and scout potential trading titles to import or export. Communicating and negotiating are the most important skills within rights selling. There are some interesting highlights in my work like traveling to the main book fairs, meeting various publishing partners and different cultural experiences. Furthermore, I have another two alumni working in the same company. I just cannot stop loving my job. Thanks to the University and all the tutors and lecturers.