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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Tales Compendium in Sydney

As many of you know, I want to work for a publishing house, specifically children's books if possible. Unfortunately, there are not many publishing houses here in Perth where I live so about a month ago I flew over to Sydney to spend two weeks doing work experience at Walker Books. For those of you who don't know Walker, they specifically publish children and young adult titles, fiction and non-fiction.

Over my two weeks with Walker I spent the majority of my time working with the marketing team as this is the area I would like to go into. I also spent a small amount of time with sales and also editorial just so I could get an idea of what it is they get up to and to make sure marketing really was the area for me, which I found out that yes, marketing is definitely my area! I would like to say a big hello to the wonderful staff at Walker and an extra special thankyou to Michelle, Alida, Jenny and Leonie for making me feel so welcome and letting me inhabit part of their office space for two weeks.

Walker books that are new additions to my TBR pile!

Unfortunately I got a cold/flu halfway through my time in Sydney which wasn't much fun but I still managed to get out and play tourist on either side of being sick.

Sydney Harbour view from North Sydney

Chocolate Sundae Goodness from the Lindt store!
Bondi Beach on a rainy Sunday arvo

Me (on the left) visiting the Blue Mountains with my wonderful friends who let me stay at their place while in Sydney :)
An added bonus of my time in Sydney was that I was able to scheduled in time to meet some of the staff at Random House who were busy preparing for YA author Lauren Kate, who was going to be in Sydney for her Fallen tour at the end of July (I have since heard it was a wonderful night and am so upset I flew back to Perth before she arrived). Hello to Sarana, Zoe and Dot, it was lovely to meet you all!

New Random House titles on my TBR pile!

So that was my trip to Sydney. I'm sure I will be back soon since my chosen industry barely exists here in lil' old Perth!


  1. Sounds like it was heaps of fun! Would have been an awsome opportunity for you! :D

  2. What a great post! Love the Sundae. Yum!

  3. Sounds like an amazing experience.
    I'd love to work in a publishing house too!
    Do they have any children's/YA ones here in Perth that you're interested in?
    I think it would be awesome to do some work experience there.

  4. I would lovee to work for a publishing house as well.
    I was born in Sydney and i am planning on moving back their next year, i love the city (and the shops! Bondi junction is basically were i spend all my time when i'm down their and ohh the huge Dymocks are like heaven)
    Thanks for sharing the books from Walker, i will have to check them out.
    Great post! I'm glad you liked Sydney :)
    -abbey @ abbeys bookshelf

  5. Looks like you had an awesome time! Working for a publishing house would be amazing. And that chocolate sundae is making me very hungry.

  6. Sounds like it was brilliant and so great to have that confirmation that this is what you want to be doing with yourself! Meanwhile, why haven't they opened a Lindt chocolate restaurant here in Perth dammit!

  7. Love this post so much! And that sundae still looks amazing :) xoxo

    PS, Dying to know what you think of Days Like This, too! I was looking at that last week and thought it looked good.


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