I have arrived way too early. I decide to awkwardly wander up and down the streets into random shops until a more suitable time. I finally pluck up the courage to enter the tall, tall, glassy building and I enter the Penguin reception. I pick up my visitor badge and take a seat. Next to me is a friendly looking woman who turns out to be doing two weeks work experience in the Publicity and Marketing Department of Penguin Children’s too! I have a found a friend – good start.
My new friend, Anami, has already done work experience at Penguin before so she knows the ropes and gives me a tour of our floor. Of course, this includes the ‘Pulp shelf’ which is where you’re allowed to take two free books per day. BEST THING EVER. When I read this line of my contract I was incredibly excited, who doesn’t love free books?
And now to work. We begin by updating the Puffin display board with some new newspaper clippings about Roald Dahl and his books which involves much printing and guillotining, but it’s quite fun. Then, we are presented with a huge (and I mean huge) stack of boxes that are full of ARCs of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – the new big YA release. If you’re one of the lucky people I’ve just sent a package out then I’m so jealous of you!
I randomly receive an email from the Publicity officer, who’d found out I was a blogger, asking me to participate in The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave sequel) blogger campaign. Um… yes?! I need to create a post detailing what I’d pack in my apocalypse survival backpack in order to qualify for an arc of The Infinite Sea which is heavily embargoed. Yayay! (See the finished post here.)
That’s pretty much it for day 1. There was much posting and printing but I think I’m getting the hang of things now so it’s only up from here!
The four books I managed to pick up today were: Beautiful Redemption by Garcia & Stohl, Skeletons by Jane Fallon, Working on my Novel by Cory Arcangel and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari!