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Pre-placement Panic

I am extremely lucky to have been granted an internship at Edinburgh’s fantasic Luath Press. But the start date is now a mere 3 days away and its fast approach brings with it a myriad of emotions.

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m far from shy (perhaps they’d even show you the video of me belting out Cher’s ‘Believe’ to a pub full of strangers). But I think a lot of English Lit students (including myself) have insisted they ‘want to work in publishing’, without really knowing what this entails. Now that I’ve been given a chance to see what it’s all about – I’ll admit I’m nervous. No amount of researching the company, reading the books they produce or googling ‘how to write a press release’ stops me from having the occasional panic …

What if they are disappointed by my lack of knowledge? What if the tasks I’m set are above my skillset? What if I can’t find the building? What if I don’t make a good impression? What if my idea of publishing is all wrong? And for heaven’s sake, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR??

But despite these worries, I am beyond excited. I’ve decided to give myself some much-deserved credit and tackle this opportunity like a boss.

Best of luck to anyone else fighting off nerves and trying new things.


“Just a quick introduction”

Okay, here goes…

Nicole Gemine, 22 years old. Writer (attempting to be), Student (for the fifth year in a row), and mum (he’s adorable). I spend my time changing nappies (nobody told me they go ten times a day!!), drinking copious amounts of tea (exchanged for wine on weekends) and writing short stories.

On a more professional note – my journey on the Writing Practice and Study MLitt is going fab so far. With two internships up my sleeve and an interview scored with the fantastic Sue Peebles, this semester is looking to be even better.

Stay tuned to find out how these go (and of course, see the occasional baby update!)