End of Week #13

20160330_100711.jpgThis week was very productive for me. I finished a huge mailing, finished a list of Bookstore-Cafes, posted blog posts (of course), filled up the Tumblr queue, starred in a 2 second SnapChat about what it’s like to intern at Quirk, came up with some Book Bento-esque ideas, organized the Marketing bookshelf, picked winners for the #PPZ Swag Bag giveaway (which I’m still getting entries for-IT’S CLOSED PEOPLE), answered/forwarded messages for the contact us sheet, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand found jumping off points for the Blog Sky meeting for May.

Lauren and I have been going through the contact us sheet, and fielding emails to our own quirk emails about internships and some people have great questions about the experience-how many hours, what experience is best, etc. Some people are emailing the interns to ask if Quirk offers internships.

A little forethought. That’s all I ask. 

But I figured, since my time is almost up (as is the Summer’s application period), that I’d answer some FAQs about the internship, at least for Social Media and Digital Marketing.

How many hours?

At least 15 a week, although I do more. I go in three days a week, MWF for varying times that work with my schedule. I have a bout 22 hours a week at Quirk. And quite frankly I’d go in every day if I could.

What do you do?

What don’t I do? I’m just kidding. First and foremost, I format, edit, and draft blog posts. That’s pretty standard for my morning. I do at least four a day, some of which are for later in the week. Photoshop skills are especially important for that because many of the bloggers send in either very small images or very, veryvery large images and I crop them down or enlarge them to the correct dimensions.

I also check the Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram for messages or posts of relevance that Quirk might need to respond to. This includes things like #quirkloot, which I need to contact the poster for in order to get their address to mail out the #quirkloot.

I also handle the Tumblr queue. Quirk posts 5 times a day from their Tumblr so there needs to be sufficient posts in the queue. I prefer to keep it around 50. That’s large enough that if I’m not in for a day, or a week like Spring Break, I don’t have to worry about a dead feed. It’s also small enough that it’s easy to sort through to schedule time sensitive posts, for holidays and book releases and such.

IMG_0973When asked to, I also create images for the Instagram account. This includes setting up books and other things to make for interesting #bookstagram posts. My most notable images were from the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset. I went looking for landmarks from each state for the primaries then posed the dolls from the playset.

Sometimes, the work crosses over between the Marketing and Publicity interns. I have written press releases for some books and had to search the web for appropriate festivals, locations, and other events to promote various books.

The most common place that our work crosses over is the mailings. There are some days when we send out over 300 packages, mailing out books, press releases, and marketing materials to various libraries, reviewers, and other media professionals.

I have also on occasion, looked at the Google Analytics for the blog to prep for the Blog Sky meeting, tracking the best posts for each week and month.

Yeah, but do you like it?

Are you kidding me? I love it. Quirk is such a great place to work/intern. It’s such a friendly environment, I never feel awkward asking anyone for help or directions and I’m free to put forth an idea of my own. I’ve had friends go through internships elsewhere in other fields and they all they did was go in and do the work.

The interns are inclusive to the process at Quirk, I’m really learning a lot about publishing and the inter-workings of a publishing company.

Have you done anything original?

Sure! I got to draft my own blog posts, like I said before. And I get to so something original all the time when I create feature images and Instagram posts. Plus, we are frequently asked about what content could go on the blog.

Do you get to read the books?

Is this a serious question? Yes. We get to read the books. On our own time, of course.

Do you meet many authors?


Have you gotten any one coffee?

Me. I get myself a cup either from Wawa or Old City Coffee (conveniently located right next door) every morning on my way in.

Do you get to go to events?

Yep! I got to go to a special premiere of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with the staff and other interns. We had a lot of fun!

How do I apply?

Follow the directions on this page and get your Resume and Cover Letter in by April 8th, 2016.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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