A Year at Rebellion

I’ve been at Rebellion for a year! (As of the 10th April.)

WHAT. Just WHAT. And HOW?!!

I’m…not really sure what to say about it, really. I’m currently in an anxiety slump which means everything I do is TERRIBLE and AWFUL and NOT GOOD ENOUGH and seriously, the Brain Weasels can just shut up, but it does make it hard to take a balanced view.

But…I love my job. I can’t believe I’ve been there a year – it doesn’t feel like it! I love the mix of tasks; from something I can bury myself in for an afternoon or stick on some music and just copy-paste, to edits that require a lot of thinking, to covers and marketing that need research, to ideas and suggestions for new books, to reading submissions and having to analyse both the book itself and the marketing potential, to events and conventions and chats with agents…

I think my most memorable moments have been with other people. Getting a phone call from a fairly big agent, whose first action was to attempt to blackmail me* (I told him it was above my pay grade) and then threatened to sing(!!); getting to email some of my favourite authors and having to be Professional, but also being able to squeak; reading something and loving it and then having my boss say, “Well, ok then, your budget is X” – EEEK! And the little day-to-day moments that have really cemented it recently; being able to swing around in my chair to join in a conversation, or have my opinions listened to; give thoughts on what books we want to buy, and what direction we want covers to go in; – it’s all so amazing.

And I love, love, love the work! I’m struggling at the moment with my skills as an editor (hi, Imposter Syndrome!) but I really like working with books, authors and data every day. It’s pretty much the perfect combination for me! I’m also starting to have more confidence in my skills and experience, and be able to pass knowledge on and give advice, which is frankly a bit strange – I’m meant to be the newcomer still!

In addition, I love the city and the workplace; my colleagues are all amazing, I love being able to play board games at lunch, I love my commute…

Overall – settling in nicely, I think. I might just stay a bit longer!

 

*Very nicely, and not particularly seriously 😀

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