My year (as an intern) at Bright Sky Press

By Aries Jones, intern

Before I started interning at Bright Sky Press, the only impressions I had about the publishing world came from movies like 13 Going on 30 and The Proposal: I imagined people frantically running about from desk to desk, trying to get to meetings on time, hundreds of deadlines that would need to be reached, piles of manuscripts that would be scattered about the office, and phones continuously going off the hook. My reality check came when I walked through the door to find that Bright Sky Press is a lot (and I mean a LOT) more peaceful than that. Of course, everyone here still has their meetings, deadlines to reach, manuscripts to read, and phones to answer, but the women who work here work together to make sure everything that needs to be done, gets done—no anxiety included. Naturally, it’s started rubbing off on me. All of the big and challenging objectives I have, both inside Bright Sky Press and out, seem miniscule in comparison to what I would have considered them before. I guess that’s the biggest takeaway I have after being with these lovely ladies for a year. I can now take on challenges under a time crunch with stride, without even stressing. Deadlines? Bring it on!

But that’s not the only thing I could say is a good takeaway. Here is a list of other ways interning with Bright Sky Press has changed my life:

  1. Because I’ve worked with mainly editing for a year, I developed this uncanny ability to notice the most minute things. For example, I can easily point out that a comma is missing from a mile away, or there’s an extra space. It upsets my non-English major friends when I’m looking at their essays. (But they appreciate it when they pass, so I’ve been deemed with the nickname “eagle-eyes.”)
  2. I’ve written a lot of things for Bright Sky Press: from emails, summaries, to blogs (including this one). Being able to actively write more has really increased my writing ability, and how much I enjoy it. I even started writing grocery lists in the form of a poem or story—for fun, I might add. It annoys (yet thrills) people who see it.
  3. I’ve worked with Bright Sky’s social media—specifically Facebook and Twitter, which required me to come up with eye-catching taglines and posts. After working with it for so long, I don’t think I’ve ever been punnier.
  4. And finally—and most importantly—it’s made me love books more than I ever had before.

If I had anything to say to future interns here, it would be this: an editor’s job never ends! And appreciate everyone who is behind every book you read, from the author to the publicist, because without them, that book would have never existed—or you would have never picked it up. I have come to admire the women at Bright Sky so much, because they work hard as a team—even if there are only a few of them—to bring books to life. And because of them, what I had once imagined about the publishing industry has now been replaced with what I have seen and experienced within a real one, and I absolutely love it.

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