Meet the Team / Project Updates

Meet the Publishers Inc Team 2014!

HarrietLeslieHarriet Leslie: Editor-in-Chief

 

 

 

 

Who are you, and what do you do?
I am the Editor of Publishers Inc, so when I’m not telling the rest of the team what to do I can generally be found educating myself about copyright law in an attempt to avoid this being the year that the University gets sued.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
Dreaming big… I would love to work as an editor for Dorling Kindersley. As the child of two librarians, I was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of books and DK produced many of the books I loved most. I would relish the opportunity to create books that instill a love of reading in children.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
I can be found cooking, crocheting or kickboxing. I love chillies, so much of what I cook is tear-inducingly hot.
Tell us a secret.
I am a descendant of William the Lion, King of Scotland from 1165 to 1214.
My undergraduate dissertation (“A Study of the Child-Naming Practices of the Scottish Quakers Between 1700 and 1825”) won the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland’s essay prize in 2012.

 

JoannaCummingsJoanna Cummings: Co-Deputy Editor
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am primarily on the Editorial/Content Team, but I wanted to get involved with Publishers Inc to hone my design skills and be part of something innovative. It’s been exciting coming up with ideas for stories and figuring out how we can make them visually interesting in an app format. Having no design background, I’m not as much of a whizz as some on the team, but I’m learning new things every week. It’s very inspiring.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
It changes all the time – it’s such a diverse and exciting industry. One day I’ll want to be a commissioning editor, seeking out fantastic new fiction writers, another I’ll get fired up thinking about book cover design, another still I’ll dream of re-launching my online women’s magazine, which is all about contemporary culture and contains NO reference to dieting.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
At the moment, my time for hobbies is limited – I work part time and also look after my friend’s children, which is another 50 hours on top of the course! It’s hard but I really believe it’ll be worth the crazy multi-tasking. When I had more of a life, I followed fashion and beauty trends, and blogged regularly. I also have a geeky interest in genealogy and can’t wait til I can start taking Argentinian Tango lessons again…
Tell us a secret.
Before starting the MSc Publishing course at Napier, I was a library manager in South-East London. It was tough, but storytelling was fantastic!
Myself in 3 words: Determined, reflective, broad-accented!

 

JackEvansJack Evans: Co-Deputy Editor
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am one of the content writers for Publishers Inc. I wrote the content for the interactive timeline and the Live Projects article. I am also part of the editorial team and helped with making some of the videos you will see throughout the app.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
My publishing dream is to make sure Morrissey never writes another book.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
I am most likely to be in a radio studio recording Jack and Ali: Making a Buzz. It is a Publishing Podcast, available at www.buzzmag.org
Magazine of choice? Total Film.
If I could invite any literary figure to dinner, it would not be Morrissey.

 

SarahHemfreySarah Hemfrey: Digital Designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
My work for Publishers Inc begins where you do, with the contents page. Using Adobe to design and create interactivity for the contents is one of the most frustrating and rewarding tasks on the project. I have never known as many possibilities and limitations as there are in InDesign, but the fun – and the tears – is in the trying.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
Right now the world is an open InDesign document. My dream job would be in publishing but I’m keeping ‘zoo owner’ as my back-up (apparently there’s one going cheap).
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
When able to escape my Publishers Inc duties, I drink copious amounts of tea, swim, and read as many non-coursework books as possible before I’m dragged back into the mac lab.
Tell us a secret.
A random fact about me: I have a small rectangular patch of skin on the inside of my right knee which never tans. Even when I’m somewhere sunny.
Something I’m proud of: I can rock the runny mascara look. This is something I learned at my undergraduate graduation ceremony when I discovered I’d won a university medal. Seriously, my sister’s camera loved me.

 

RebeccaHendersonRebecca Henderson: Digital Designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
My role within Publishers Inc has mainly focused on the design aspect of the app. We are aiming to make the app as interactive as possible, therefore I have spent a great deal of the last six weeks exploring the possibilities that are available to us via the Adobe Creative Suite. I have been working on an animated opening sequence for the app which has been challenging as this has involved learning how to use a new programme – Adobe After Effects. However after persevering I am reaping the rewards seeing the finished design – as well as increasing my skill set.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
With such a diverse and exciting industry I find it hard to pin point exactly what I want to do because I enjoy so much of it. If I had to choose though I’d definitely say I’d like to be part of the digital publishing industry – with new technology being created all the time there is always new skills to be learnt! It will definitely keep me on my toes!
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
When I’m not in the Publishers Inc office, I can mainly be found in a pub or watching TOWIE. As well as brushing up on facts about cheese – I work part time on a deli counter at Sainsbury’s.
Tell us a secret.
I met the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they did a tour of the UK as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
I have been lucky enough to be part of a charity – Carpathian Aid – for the last seven years, travelling to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania during the summer and running camps for disadvantaged and disabled children and adults. It’s very rewarding, and great to experience new cultures, as well as having friends in other countries!

 

AnnemarieLeipeAnnemarie Leipe: Online Editor
Who are you, and what do you do?
For Publishers Inc, I do a little bit of everything. At the moment I am mainly looking after our website publishersinc.co.uk, the social media channels and I am writing the article on Transmedia Storytelling. Other things are flat planning, a bit of production and distribution.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
So far, I don’t have a specific job in my mind that I am dreaming of. I can imagine staying in Scotland (I am from Germany) and working for a small publishing house, as my experiences have so far indicated that working in a really friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere is worth more than anything else.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
You can find me wandering around Edinburgh or sitting in my favourite coffee place, the Treehouse Cafe. Their pancakes are AMAZING!
Tell us a secret.
Back in Germany, I was working for an independent publishing house called Criminal. They never published any crime fiction.
Did you know that one of the dancers in Beyonce’s Single Ladies video is a man?

 

StewartMcIverStewart McIver: Digital Designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m working predominantly on two things for Publishers Inc: The Interactive Timeline and driving myself to despair with InDesign and interactivity. To maximise the possibilities for the app, I’ve travelled far and wide through Adobe’s Creative Suite and settled on learning HTML5 via Adobe Edge Animate to achieve the effects I need. It’s been slow, but every breakthrough spurs me on.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
I love design work. The more I learn the more I want to know. That said, I’ve always harboured ambitions to publish my own novel, something I could moonlight on while pursuing a career in magazine production. Actually, my dream would be to publish a popular novel, make millions licensing a movie and retire to my own private island.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
Recently, I’ve been working through a backlog of movies I missed courtesy of a discount LoveFilm subscription. I play games on occasion (more so before the course), and used to manage a small gaming community.
Tell us a secret.
My undergraduate degree was in Ancient History, which I loved. Now, however, it serves me best by allowing me to declare “My career’s in ruins!” It has a tendency to backfire if I say it in too deadpan a voice.
When I was young I managed to get lost within Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory and the Crystal Maze complex in Blackpool within three days. It was not nearly as similar to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as it should have been.
I was a dancer in Beyonce’s Single Ladies video (ok, that one’s not true).

 

KimberleySimmondsKimberley Simmonds: Digital Designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
My role mainly focuses on the aesthetics of the brand. This has involved redesigning the logo and creating an animated opening sequence for the app. Although I have enjoyed all of this, learning how to use After Effects has been a difficult (and at times anger-inducing) process.
What’s your Publishing Dream?
I don’t have a specific job title or company in mind but ideally I’d like to have a design-based role. I want to be able see my designs in the shops or on a billboard and say ‘I did that’.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
My time outside of Publishers Inc seems to mostly revolve around food. I’m either cooking it, watching television shows about it or serving it (I work part-time as a waitress ).
Tell us a secret.
I am a semi-professional stunt driver and have a Level 2 Powerboat license
In my 22 years I have lived in 19 houses/flats. I’m still looking for that one place to finally call ‘home’.

 

GiuliaTrentacostiGiulia Trentacosti: Digital Designer
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am mainly working on the design side of the project. I spent the last 6 weeks trying layouts and figuring out how to use Adobe DPS to create interactivity. I am also in charge of a feature about the best book-friendly cafes in Edinburgh, for which I have really enjoyed doing field research…
What’s your Publishing Dream?
My dream would be to work for a company that publishes literary fiction or travel guides, because that’s what I am most passionate about. I would also love to be involved with international rights to make the most of my language skills.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
Unfortunately, I don’t have much spare time in this period but when I do, I like to relax, cook, read or watch a good movie. I am passionate about food and I love to try new restaurants whenever I can.
Tell us a secret.
I spent 4 months training for my scuba diving license and never dived once after I got it.
Favourite ice cream: pistachio and black cherry
Random fact: in Italy the unlucky number is 17 (not 13!). That is because its Latin form XVII is the anagram of VIXI (which means “I lived” — and therefore I am dead…)

 

GeorgiaWaltersGeorgia Walters: Co-Deputy Editor
Who are you, and what do you do?
My role has so far focused on helping to generate content for Publishers Inc. I’ve enjoyed liaising with our alumni and practicing my copy-editing skills – I quickly learnt to avoid all uses of the Oxford Comma, or risk antagonising our Editor-in-Chief (which is not worth the risk given that we go to the same kickboxing class). It’s been a great experience so far, and I can’t wait to see the finished app!
What’s your Publishing Dream?
I would love to find a project management role in publishing – something that allows me to oversee the process of creating books and adding value from the writer’s initial pen to paper, right through to the launch party.
When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?
I can be found crafting, reading or listening to music – sometimes all three at once. I also spend a lot of time on buses, commuting to Edinburgh from St Andrews.
Tell us a secret.
Before starting the MSc Publishing course, I worked for an IT consultancy firm. I took a career break for 18 months, and backpacked through 26 countries – while in India, I was scouted on the streets of Mumbai to be an extra in a Bollywood movie. I was lucky enough to make the final cut and you can see me in the boxing-ring scene in Race 2!

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