We’re lucky to be hosting Freya Horton Andrews, a fabulous intern courtesy of the Publishing Industry Internship Program run by our friends at the Australian Publishers Association. Editorial superstar Freya has put her freelance work on the back burner to work with us for six whole months, lending her skills to our kids and adult lists before she heads to New Zealand for a well-earned break.
Freya, what have you been working on while at Affirm Press?
I’ve been working in the editorial team. Affirm Press has a jam-packed list this year, so I’ve been helping out with copyediting, proofreading and fact-checking across a number of titles, including Blackout by Matthew Warren and Guinea Pig in White Wine Sauce by Alan Rochford, plus some other exciting books that will be out later in the year.
At the moment, I’m enjoying working with Bev Brock on Brock at Bathurst, a book that pays homage to Peter Brock’s reign at Bathurst fifty years on from his first race there – much to the joy of my motorsport-obsessed dad.
What’s something that surprised you about publishing?
I was surprised by – and pretty in awe of – the sheer volume of content that Affirm Press produces, given the size of the team. It’s been fascinating to see the editors, and my colleagues in other departments, wrangle so many titles and authors at once, and still refuse to sign off on anything less than an excellent final product.
What’s the thing you wish you didn’t know about publishing?
I wish I didn’t know how satisfying and, well, affirming it is to help create great books that we can be proud of. That way, I might have found myself a more lucrative industry.
What are you going to do next?
Job-hunting is high on my to-do list, but before that I’m heading to New Zealand for a break.
What’s on your TBR pile?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is my book club’s April book, but I’m also itching to get to The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson and, very ambitiously, the French version of the whole Harry Potter series. I studied French throughout school and uni, and spent eight months in a small seaside town in Normandy a couple of years ago, so this last read is part of my mission to keep my French sharp (and because I love that the French word for wand is baguette).