Wellington publisher draws Auckland talent with dream job

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Wellington publisher Gecko Press has offered Auckland publishing student Jane Arthur her dream job through the Publishing Intern Programme 2009. The intern programme has allowed Jane to move straight into her top career choice. "I can still hardly believe it – Gecko Press," says Jane.

"My ultimate aim is to become an editor of books for children and teenagers," she says. But she thought she’d be slogging up through the ranks in other publishing houses before she came near her dream of a high-end children’s book publisher. With a background in bookselling and a Masters degree in English, Jane completed her Diploma online and was selected for this role from 17 highly qualified applicants.

Gecko Press is one of New Zealand’s most exciting children’s book publishers. This year Gecko was joint winner of New Zealand Publisher of the Year and won the New Zealand Post children’s book award with Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop’s Snake and Lizard. But with thirteen books on her list for 2009, Publisher Julia Marshall is ready for some help.

"Gecko Press is at an exciting stage and Jane will make a huge difference – it is fantastic to have someone with her experience and publishing training. This is a real boost for Gecko Press – and it is perfect timing."

The Publishing Intern Programme provides paid work for graduates of the highly regarded Diploma in Publishing at Whitireia Polytechnic. Publishers and interns are selected for the programme by an industry panel. The programme is funded by Creative New Zealand and run in partnership with the Book Publishers Association of New Zealand and Whitireia. Creative New Zealand subsidises the salaries of three interns in publishing houses each year.

Others selected for the intern programme are graduates Kate Stockman and Alexandra Bishop who will move to Auckland to work with Penguin Books and Random House respectively.

The Diploma in Publishing at Whitireia is New Zealand’s premier publishing training course. Graduates are highly sought after, and fill most new positions in New Zealand’s trade publishing houses.