Here, however, are the most important things I learned while I was working there:
- Everybody loves baked goods. When they unexpectedly appear in the office, people get happy.
- There is equal love between tea and coffee.
- Nobody cares what your hair looks like. It can be short or long or bright blue and nobody will comment. It only matters for meetings.
- Do your job well and everybody will like you. Do it poorly and they will gossip horrendously about you after you leave the company.
- There is free time. You can derp online, but reading is highly encouraged.
- When there are tech issues, people run around like headless chickens.
- Freshly printed books smell really good.
- Book people are nerds. Bringing up Game of Thrones or Harry Potter in a conversation could pay off.
- More books are sold after the author is on Stephen Colbert than if the author goes on John Stewart.
- You don't have to like every book you publish.
- Covers matter.
- Interns are actually helpful.
While I will miss interning at Bloomsbury, I'm happy to be at school again! Thanks to everybody at Bloomsbury* for making my summer a bit more interesting!
If anybody has any questions about what it was like to intern at a publishing house in NYC for the summer, I'd be happy to answer as best I can!
* I did not review any Bloomsbury books while I was interning there. Now that I'm gone, it's a free-for-all. Time to see if I'll hate or love Throne of Glass...