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What I did today at my placement

What I did today at my placement

Luath. The most camouflaged Publishing Company in Scotland. If their aim is to avoid nuisance callers at the door, they have succeeded. According to Google maps, Luath is in the middle of the pavement. According to the manager of Camera Obscura next door, it is through a white door with no handle. Where it is I discover is down a wee alley, hidden behind a white van! And so I arrive slightly harassed and very apologetic to be greeted by the lovely Lauren who just brightened up my day. Nothing was too much trouble even the names she had to repeat because of my poor hearing.

I wasn’t at all sure what to expect but what I found was the most tranquil working environment. I think the piles of books, sheets of paper, manuscripts, more books etc serve as a kind of barricade to the world outside and it is easy to lose yourself here. It is such a different environment to work in from my previous job. You have time to and are encouraged to think and be creative and I loved it.

My first task wasn’t easy though. I had to create an invitation for a book launch in April. Simple. If you are adept with technology. I knew what I wanted to do, it just took me longer than I would have liked. The book is set in 1689 in Edinburgh and involves the gruesome discovery of a body. I knew exactly the image I wanted and I kept almost finding it except it had electric lights or a bicycle or something else inappropriate for the time however I eventually found what I needed. About an hour later, I had sussed how to change the text size, position, colour etc. I might not be quick but I am definitely determined.

I had time to read the book’s prologue and explore Luath’s website, getting a sense of the process to publication. I highlighted the tasks I would like to complete from a comprehensive list given to me by Lauren. With one already completed, I look forward to planning a Sales and Marketing Plan for an upcoming book as well as a Book Launch tomorrow, some Proof-reading on Wednesday and who knows what else for Thursday and Friday.

I do know that Day 1 has been really interesting and I have been made to feel very welcome. I can’t wait for the rest of the week.



  1. Hamzah Mohammed Hussain

    This was great to read, Elaine! Hope you have a good time at Luath.

  2. Christine Hodghton

    Wow! It sounds absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to hearing more. About it all. Have a great time!

  3. Loretta Mulholland

    Amazing sounding experience