2015 Team

Susan Kemp, Editor-in-Chief

Who are you, and what do you do?

My main role on Publishers Inc is as Editor-in-Chief, co-ordinating with Rhiannon, Chief of Digital and our project mentor and consultant, Dave McCluskey. I am also writing publishing industry articles, have contributed to other article ideas and keeping an editorial eye on the website. I’m hoping to have enough time to do the Adobe InDesign production work on my own articles, which is one of the reasons I signed up for Publishers Inc. I also like to laugh a lot at silly jokes and bad puns, which helps on this team.

What is your publishing dream?

To be that rare thing: a publishing professional with a suntan.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

I can usually be found at a computer working on another university project or some sort of public relations, copywriting or book editing project. When I drag myself away from a computer, I can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh, attending the feast of publishing events in the city or eating paella in the Grassmarket on a Saturday. I love travelling and have a special interest in Spain and Spanish South America.

Tell us a secret.

I’m related to Virginia Woolf.
 

Rhiannon Tate, Chief Digital Designer

Who are you and what do you do?

I mostly worry about colour palettes and clashing lines, image resolution and stray pixels. I wanted to head the production of this year’s Publishers Inc app in order to take a crash-course in digital design and management, flex and hone some pre-existing skills and eventually make peace with Adobe InDesign. For me, simplicity is key. We have a great team and everyone is supporting each others’ learning, which makes for a fun working environment.

What’s your Publishing Dream?

I’d love my own publishing house and to put out little pocket books for people’s reading pleasure. A book is such a wonderful object and a fantastic and age-old means of expression. I’d also love to work with digital content, making sexy apps and utilising my background in feature-film and animation production.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

Usually drawing pictures, writing and travelling. I freelance as an illustrator at present and write stories and make comics in my (increasingly rare) spare time. When I have a sufficient gap and funds I like to explore other parts of the world.

Tell us a secret.

I collect 1980’s (G1) My Little Pony figures.
 

Barbara Arrighi, Designer, Editor, Online Editor

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a Digital Designer on Publishers Inc. With the rest of the Design team, I work on improving the app to make navigating in it easier, but also on the general appearance and branding – colour scheme, layout, icons, etc. For now, I’m mostly figuring out how to use InDesign to generate interactive content!

What’s your Publishing Dream?

Even though I’m still unsure whether I enjoy production or editorial more, I know I definitely want to work in children’s publishing. If I stayed in the UK, my dream publishers would be Puffin or Walker Books… but my plan is to go back to glamorous Paris in June and find a not-so-glamorous job as an editorial assistant!

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

I work as an Editorial Assistant for a small French publisher, which is quite time-consuming… when I’m not at uni, I’m either reading/copy-editing manuscripts or sending out emails to authors! I also enjoy anything even remotely related to food – watching cooking shows, reading BBC Good Food or simply cooking!

Tell us a secret.

I did one year belly dancing when I was in high school. Oh, and I was a big Shakira fan when I was about ten. And, yes, the two might have more to do with one another than I’d care to admit!
 

Keigh-Lee Paroz, Rights Manager, Online Editor, Editor

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m one of the team publishing this year’s edition of Publishers Inc. From the sounds of things, the rest of the team are going to be making use of my past experience as an Intellectual Property Officer for a major cultural institution and my current role in data protection…

What’s your Publishing Dream?

If you have a voice, use it say something worthwhile – this is the best advice I’ve heard from a celebrity (#isitokay to call Adam Hills a celebrity?!) and I intend to put it into practice once I graduate.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

When not at Publishers Inc, I’m usually at my job with the Scottish Government, in a taxi between the two, or in a coffee shop!  When I do get a chance for down time, you’ll find me in a gallery or with a good book/magazine.

Tell us a secret

Can’t. I’m subject to the Official Secrets Act.
 

Nick Bruni, Designer and Audio-Visual Support

Who are you, and what do you do?

I try to do a little bit of everything: I’m in charge of the Publishers Inc website and  social media, and I’m working on some interviews for the “Publishing Personalities” section of the app.

What’s your publishing dream?

My dream is to create an iconic book cover, something along the lines of Chip Kidd’s design for Jurassic Park or Neil Fujita’s for The Godfather.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

I usually run around like a headless chicken in a very muddy field pretending to play rugby for a local team, or baseball when the sun delights us. If I’m not on some field making a fool of myself, I spend my spare time reading, mainly modern fiction and comic books, watching films or TV shows. And coffee, a lot of coffee.

Tell us a secret.

I can speak five languages; none of them very well despite working as interpreter on numerous occasions. During my undergraduate years I did approximately 1,800 hours of volunteering.

Despite my name, I’m definitely not related to Carla Bruni.
 

Alessia De Gaspari, Designer and Editor

Who are you, and what do you do?

In Publishers Inc as in life, I am unable to limit myself to one single task: I am both a content writer and a digital designer. Being a lover of storytelling and weird books, I chose to write an article about the lively storytelling community that thrives in Edinburgh and has its base of operations in the Scottish Storytelling Centre, as well as an homage to the Glasgow-based writer, poet and Scottish cultural icon that is Alasdair Gray, who turned eighty this year.
Design-wise, I am hoping to gain useful and exciting new skills through the soul-rending process that is coming up with a beautiful design for the Publishers Inc app.

What’s your publishing dream?

My dream is what I think might be many a publisher’s nightmare: to work with fiction authors on their manuscript, helping them hone their prose and structure their story and give purpose and credibility to their characters. I’d love to gain some experience working in a literary agency.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

You can spot me sprinting across the city, DSLR camera in hand, or standing very very still while trying to maintain a new yoga pose for as long as I can. Or curled up on the couch with coffee (because Italians curl up with coffee!) and a good speculative fiction book. I also spend a lot of time researching essays and books about creative writing, and drafting articles for my website.

Tell us a secret.

I am working up the courage to perform a story at one of the storytelling events in Edinburgh.
 

Jules King, Designer and Editor

Who are you, and what do you do?

I split my time between working on producing content for the app and experimenting with InDesign’s Digital Publishing features. So far, the latter has involved the watching of many tutorial videos. The internet truly does have the solution to every problem (so far).

What’s your Publishing Dream?

Currently I am enjoying learning about design and editorial work. I especially love wielding the red pen; I get a great deal of satisfaction out of getting something ‘just right’. I would love to work in the editorial department of a publishing house one day, ideally working with trade fiction.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

I spend a lot of my down time cuddling with my two kittens and watching TV series on Netflix. On my rare days off, I enjoy computer gaming and reading anything that isn’t related to the course!

Tell us a secret.

I own almost every book Stephen King has ever written, and I have no regrets.
 

Rebecca Riordon, Designer and Editor

Who are you, and what do you do?

My main role on Publishers Inc is in digital design. I am also behind a couple of editorial pieces as a writer and illustrator.

What is your publishing dream?

My publishing dream is to ghostwrite Kim Kardashian’s posthumous tell-all autobiography.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

When I’m not working on Publishers Inc I am most likely to be found marathoning obscure low-budget Netflix documentaries about people who have more ambition than I do, or secretively playing Taylor Swift’s entire discography on a tiny guitar.

Tell us a secret.

Another secret I can divulge is that I fulfil the stereotype of a quintessential Canadian: I am a retired ice hockey player who has no patience for hesitant skaters and my family owns multiple pairs of snowshoes.
 

Franzi Heydrich, Editor and Designer

Who are you, and what do you do?

At Publishers Inc, I’m a Section Editor and responsible for the Storytelling section of the app. I’m also writing two articles for the same section and am – desperately – trying to create some fun content that’s animated as well. Apart from that, I’m just a poor student.

What’s your Publishing Dream?

I’m not entirely sure which department to focus on yet, but at the moment I can picture myself best in Editorial. The most important thing for me is, whichever department I end up in, that I’m happy with what I do and that I’m creating something of importance.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

If I’m not working or being in uni, I quite enjoy reading or binge watching series (at this point, I’d like to thank Netflix for their extensive collection).

Tell us a secret.

There’s a rather random connection between me and Aberdeen-born poet Charles Hamilton Sorley. Not only did he go to my German hometown to learn German, but he also went to the same uni I did my undergraduate studies at, 400 km further down south.

On another note, I was on TV once, when I was about 17 years old.
 

Megan Reid, Editor and Designer

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Section Editor for the Industry Section and I am primarily involved in content generation. It’s been great coming up with different ideas for articles and I can’t wait to see them come to life in interactive app format.

What’s your publishing dream?

My dream is to work in Editorial. Having worked in Waterstones for three years, I have developed a real love of fiction and would be happiest working with either literary or children’s fiction.

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc where can we find you?

You can find me on the train commuting! I live in Dundee and travel through to Edinburgh everyday which means getting up at the stupidly early time of 5.30 am!

Tell us a secret.

I did my Undergraduate degree in English and History and wrote my final research paper on the media’s coverage of the American Civil Rights Movement, using archived newspaper clippings and photographs.

I started Highland Dancing at the age of four and have my own kilt and sword!
 

Kirsty Woods, Designer and Editor

Who are you, and what do you do?

Starting this course with no publishing experience I was daunted by the challenges ahead. However, the first trimester has prepared me well and I have taken on the challenge of being a Section Editor. This involves taking responsibility for a section of the magazine, as well as writing and proofreading content for the magazine. I hope to dabble in design and production along the way.

What’s your Publishing Dream?

Originally the plan had to been to eventually become an editor; however, after studying this industry for the past few months my eyes have been opened to the other opportunities that are out there. I am now drawn to design, as I would love to be an InDesign pro! However, being involved in the buying and selling of rights also appeals to me…as this would mean I get to travel to all the wonderful book fairs around the world!

When you’re not working on Publishers Inc, where can we find you?

You can find me sipping on a flat white, whilst reading a (well designed) travel guide, planning my next adventure! And learning how to use the camera I have had for two years!

Tell us a secret.

The best job I have ever had was working on a dairy farm in Australia…even although it had to be the smelliest job! I watch Coronation Street religiously, and love Steve McDonald. I even went on ‘The Street’ tour in Manchester.
 
2016 Team
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