08 8 / 2013
Nu är denna blogg slut.Jag fortsätter att blogga, men på Natur & Kulturs webbplats.
Här är en intervju som SACC gjorde med mig för några veckor sedan. (Jag anlitade SACC för hjälp med visum.)
Please tell me a little bit about the firm you’re interning at and what you’re doing there.
Melville House Publishing is a small book press with focus on fiction and political nonfiction. I do a lot of things, helping out the different departments. It includes research, mailing books, participating in meetings, doing publicity lists, reading manuscripts, and doing so called illuminations, a kind of extra material. I also write a blog for my Swedish employer Natur & Kultur, naturochkultur.tumlr.com
How did you hear about Melville House Publishing? Why did you choose to intern there in particular?
With some help from my friends, I made a short list of interesting New York-based indie book publishers. When I presented the idea to my Swedish boss, he suggested Melville House, without looking at my list. They were my first hand choice too, simply because they publish great books! I am very glad they accepted me as an intern.
Why did you feel that it was worth getting experience from abroad?
All the clichés; I wanted to broaden my views, get some new ideas and input. More specifically I wanted to learn how they work with social media and e-books. And how they organize the work in general.
What are your greatest lessons learned?
Hard to say since I’m still here. Ask me in a couple of months. I think I’ve learned a lot, but at the same it’s not that different from how we work in Sweden.
What have you learned in the US that you never would have learned in Sweden?
Professionally, I’ve learned about the American publishing industry, and a little bit about American work culture. It’s inspiring; I feel that most ideas are doable. I’ve also learned that there are many qualified interns out there. I want one of my own! Personally, it has been a humbling experience.
How will this internship help you in your future career?
I guess that Swedes love New York and it looks good on my resume? It’s always good to have some international experience.
How does this internship benefit your employer back home?
I hope Natur & Kultur will get the reputation they deserve: best employer ever. Letting me leave for three months, an also paying me a little bit for writing a blog about it. That is very generous. On the other hand, this is the best training and experience I could get for my work as a publicist at Natur & Kultur. The staff at Melville House jokes about me being a Swedish spy. Well, I am.
What is the main difference in the Swedish and American work cultures?
In this field of work, the most apparent thing is the work hours. Here people come in late and leave late. Otherwise it’s about the same.
How do you like living in New York and what do you do in your free time?
I’m in love with my neighborhood Flatbush-Ditmas Park. I do the same things as I do in Stockholm, but more, and everything is better, bigger, tastier, and cheaper.
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