Work in Publishing Week: Sania Riaz on her Creative Access internship with Bonnier Books UK
Work in Publishing Week is the annual campaign run by the Publisher’s Association to profile and celebrate the diverse career paths in publishing.
This year Bonnier Books UK is shining a spotlight on those who have been involved in its internship programme, which was launched in partnership with Creative Access in 2019. In this piece, Sania Riaz shares her experiences and perspectives on the publishing industry.
“Growing up, I never saw myself in the books that I read. But now seeing authors from different backgrounds and beliefs sharing their stories with the world gives me hope.”
Tell us about the work you’ve been involved in during your internship?
Since starting my internship I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of books throughout the publishing process. I’ve been able to witness and be a part of an entire books journey from the pitch, to cover design and final proofs. I’ve also worked closely with marketing, PR, and sales which has given me a stronger understanding of how publishing works. I’ve gained a lot of valuable skills and insight during this time, which has set a wonderful foundation for my career in publishing.
What has been the most memorable part of this experience?
The most memorable part of this experience for me was working on pitches and book launches. Watching all the teams come together to show an author how much their book means to us has been invaluable. Also, having the opportunity to meet people in publishing both inside the company and out has not only been exciting, but educating.
How has the experience been working with Creative Access?
Working with Creative Access has been wonderful. Throughout the year I’ve attended a variety of masterclasses in the creative field which have increased my knowledge about the publishing industry and other creative industries. Creative Access have given me the opportunity to showcase my skills in an environment where people of colour, like myself, may not have been able to. I highly recommend them!
What do you enjoy most about working in publishing?
The creativity! It’s fascinating seeing a manuscript come in and within a year it’s in stores and on a bookshelf. Watching all the teams come together to create the perfect pitch, marketing campaign, cover and manuscript has been great insight into the world of publishing.
In your opinion, what does the future of publishing look like?
Exciting. As more diverse and inclusive stories are being published, more people are being represented which is incredible to see. Growing up, I never saw myself in the books that I read. But now seeing authors from different backgrounds and beliefs sharing their stories with the world gives me hope.
What’s your favourite book you’ve read recently?
I recently read The Other People, by C.J Tudor, which I did not put down until it was finished. Tudor writes incredible thriller novels with a supernatural element that keep you hooked until the last page. You never know what’s coming, and that’s what makes a great book.