My Sweet Cherry Work Experience Story

by Lily Orgill

Trying to get a foot into the publishing industry is never easy, and with Covid-19 affecting hiring and internships, my journey’s been a little harder lately.

With a new abundance of time on my hands as of recent, I set to emailing Sweet Cherry Publishing on the potential chance of a remote work experience placement. Luckily enough, I was successful! Divia, Sweet Cherry’s Marketing and Publicity Executive, emailed back offering me a week of work experience, working alongside herself. Amazing!

My week has been extraordinary. Having been lucky enough previously to attain a work experience placement with Penguin Random House last year, I was excited to see how an independent publishing house works in comparison. I also wanted to see how a children’s publishing house differs from adult publishing. I was definitely not disappointed with what I learned! It made for some really interesting tasks and being able to get super creative.

Although I was working remotely from home, this definitely did not hinder any tasks set. I was still able to see the work that goes into a publishing house and get hands-on with daily tasks on live projects.

Some of my tasks included:

  • planning and writing blog posts;
  • collating reviews for ARCs on NetGalley;
  • planning a publicity-based social media calendar;
  • adopting style-guides and designing posts for social media;
  • a one-to-one publishing careers workshop.

I loved my time with Sweet Cherry, in fact, I didn’t want it to end! If you’re in the same position as me with some spare time on your hands and an interest in the publishing industry, there’s no doubt that Sweet Cherry will give you a wonderful insight into the brilliant bookish world.

I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team for letting me join them for the week and in particular to Divia, who has given me some invaluable experience!

Lily Orgill graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in English Language and Creative Writing.