Jane Arthur

On completing an MA (Hons) in English, I, like many arts graduates, flirted (rather hopelessly) with the idea of being either a lawyer or a primary school teacher.

In the meantime, my love of books led to a job in an independent bookshop. There I heard about the Whitireia Publishing Programme and everything fell into place for me. Of course, I should have a future working with books and words.

I chose to study online while working as the manager of the bookshop. Keeping that connection with the book trade was invaluable, and I was impressed with the online programme's coverage and flexibility: I could work on weekends and after work. I found the content so interesting and varied that it was never a chore.

On graduation, I took up a publishing internship at Gecko Press, which went so well it led to a permanent position, confirming that children's publishing is the place for me.

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