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Written by Amber Garvey, Tiny Owl intern

Amber with The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

My journey to joining Tiny Owl Publishing was a bit of a whirlwind! I completed a Publishing MA in 2019 and was on the lookout for work placement opportunities to compliment my qualifications and provide me with industry experience. I emailed Karim my CV and was lucky enough to hear back from him the same day with an interview time! Karim and Delaram put me through my paces during the interview process and additional tasks, allowing me to show my skills and initiative in both editorial and marketing.

My first day in the Tiny Owl office, February 29th, was spent acquainting myself with their list. This was a really important opportunity for me, especially considering how the next few months turned out. I was able to familiarize myself with each title, their illustration styles and the lessons they aim to teach readers. Having this time immersing myself in the Tiny Owl catalogue gave me an immediate understanding of the goals of the publisher and how they were developing their style and list.

Unfortunately, I was only able to have two sessions in the office before London started the lockdown process. Working from home so early in my time with Tiny Owl was challenging at first. I was still trying to find my bearings when it came to adapting to their social media style and just getting used to being part of the team. However, the more practice I got in writing tweets and reading previous tweets they have posted, I was able to find my rhythm quite quickly.

During my time with Tiny Owl, I have written nearly 20 blog posts! Before this, I had no experience blogging or even just writing and posting online. As a pretty private person, with very little social media presence, it was really fun for me to be able to show my love of books through writing for Tiny Owl. Seeing users on social media enjoying and sharing blogs I had written – such as my ‘Reading to Cope’ piece – was a great personal achievement for me and allowed me to feel confident in my writing and what I have to say.

The biggest challenge I had to overcome during my time with Tiny Owl was a personal one. I was hesitant in featuring on their stay at home series on YouTube, Fly with Tiny Owl as it was slightly out of my comfort zone and not something I had ever done before. My debut on Fly with Tiny Owl was uploaded in July with an interview with the amazing Hazel Terry. While I am still not sure it is for me, I am grateful to be given the opportunity to try new things and find out what I am suited to and what I’m not. We don’t always have to excel at everything we try! The most important thing with work experience placements like this is that we try and we learn and we exceed our own expectations! You can watch my interview with Hazel here.

My time with Tiny Owl is coming to an end and I am hugely appreciative to Karim, Delaram and Sorċa for everything they have taught me and allowed me to try during the last five months. I have learned so much and am grateful to have been part of this team for even a short period of time.

Check out Amber’s other blogs:

  • The Snowman and the Sun: A must-read for budding geographers!
  • Read: The faces behind Paris Cat – Josephine Baker
  • Read: Last highlights the plight of endangered animals!
  • Read: Most children love simple philosophical stories

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