Yesterday I spent my day volunteering at the London Book Fair (LBF to all of us “insiders”).
I won’t say it was an exciting day, but it was fun, and I enjoyed getting to walk around with a name badge on. Most of my day was spent manning the “Children’s Innovation Zone” in Earl’s Court 1, which involved a lot of picking up litter and pushing around tiny chairs. My partner in crime (Jenny) and I had the chance to talk to some authors, which was interesting to say the least.
Some were ridiculously nice (Stuart Reid, author of Gorgeous George and the Giant Geriatric Generator comes to mind specifically), some simply looked down upon us because they assumed that we had no interest in books or something, and some were so full of themselves we might not have been there.
Still, I feel like I’ve gained a little bit of insight into event planning and also into children’s books, a subject which I hadn’t really put much time into thinking about. In fact, the most I’ve thought about children’s books was last term when my editorial group and I proposed a new non-fiction children’s app. Somehow seeing what other people have actually done is a lot better.
It was also interesting seeing how publishers and authors interacted after the presentations were completed.
Most importantly, it made me realise how terrible some people are at putting together a decent powerpoint. I’m now grateful for the years of presentations my alma matter, Juniata College, forced on me.
Today brought me back to London for a work experience interview.
As I said in a tweet, I feel like a right proper little commuter now. The tube no longer scares me, I can get to the train station without a hitch, and I get annoyed when people stand in front of the turnstyles without a clue, but with large pieces of luggage.
People have already asked me how the interview went, but is it really possible to know? I will find out how it went when they let me know if I got the job or not. That’s the ultimate judge. Until then, I’m not getting my hopes up.
I am, however, seriously planning to quit my part-time job. So, you know, watch this space