My name’s Carmina and I’ve been doing work experience for Peirene Press for the past couple of weeks.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but the whole experience has been eye-opening in terms of discovering how exactly publishing companies work. I went along with Meike to a conference at the Goethe Institut to choose from a wealth of German books that might be published in English. I also read novel extracts translated from various languages and stuffed a ridiculous amount envelopes with books to be mailed (literally hundreds!).
Not only have I participated in the working aspect of Peirene Press, but I’ve read The Empress and the Cake, one of the books available for purchase. Once again, I didn’t know what to expect from the book other than the description, yet this sinister, eerily true-to-life story was a delight to read and great fun to follow. I’m currently reading The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente and would recommend it to anyone who likes vibrant collections of short stories and poetic language.
I’m planning on taking a gap year and living in Germany for six months to improve my German, then going on to study English Language at university. Because of this, working at Peirene has been very useful in showing me some of the possibilities that are available in the future when you speak two languages and what I could use an English degree for. It’s been great working here and has given me a real insight into publishing.
Thank you, Peirene!