Sucheta Raj graduated with the Diploma in Publishing (Applied) in 2017 and was selected for the Publishing Intern Programme, working with Allen & Unwin.
I began the Whitireia publishing programme with a love for books (it’s an unwritten prerequisite, trust me) and an interest in developing a career in the industry. Just over one year later, I’m happy to say that the former remains unchanged and I’m well on my way with the latter. The course comes up quite a bit in conversation, and it always thrills me to hear how well-regarded and recognised it is within the industry. For me, the year I spent as a publishing student was very rewarding. The tutors and guest speakers have a wealth of knowledge they are happy to share, and the class environment is so collaborative. In my time there, I learnt about and participated in just about every aspect of the publishing process – editing, typesetting, marketing and publicity, project management, organising launches... the list goes on. All of that learning resulted in three amazing projects that I helped publish. There’s no describing the feeling of holding a book you’ve worked on for so long and finding your name in the imprint page and the acknowledgements – you’ll have to experience it for yourself!
During the course, I had the opportunity to work for both LitCrawl Wellington and Makaro Press. The two roles allowed me to really get involved in Wellington’s literary scene, meet and make connections with industry folk and, most importantly, put my new skills to practice. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to work in commercial publishing, so being selected for the internship at Allen & Unwin NZ was something of a dream come true. I’m six weeks into my internship now, working in the sales and marketing departments and doing a bit of publicity work as well. Because I’m working on multiple projects at the same time, each day brings something new, which I love, and I thank the publishing tutors for preparing me for this! It’s fast-paced, it’s big, it’s exciting, and I can’t wait to see where my career in publishing will go from here.