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Nia Beynon

Publishing

Studying the Publishing MA at City ultimately helped me get a job and provided a great foundation of knowledge of the industry I was going in to.

What do you do now? What do you enjoy about what you do?

I head up digital sales for the independent publisher, Head of Zeus. I really enjoy working on such a diverse list and working within a closeknit, dynamic team. Because we’re small, we can make quick decisions and work very reactively to the changes in the market – this flexibility makes my role very exciting. We’re expanding quickly and so it’s a very a brilliant time to be part of the company.

What path have you taken to get there? Were there any particular areas of interest that lead to you specialising?

I started off as an intern at Faber & Faber, whilst on my MA course. I then was offered a full-time job working as part of Faber Factory, an ebook service with over 120 clients.
I’ve always been interested in the digital side of publishing, and so this was something I focussed on from the course onwards.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London and how has it helped you?

I studied the Publishing MA at City. It ultimately helped me get a job, but also a great foundation of knowledge of the industry I was going in to.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed getting an in-depth overview of the industry, including interesting visiting lecturers, and brilliant internship opportunities.

What was the hardest part of your course?

The hardest part was balancing the academic work with the internships. Both were very important but time consuming, and so one had to be careful to get the balance right.

What was your favourite part of being a City Student?

I liked being part of a small course where everyone was happy to share ideas and work collaboratively. The campus was also great, with good library facilities.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City Publishing MA student, what would it be?

Make the most of every opportunity you are offered, and make the most of having the chance to meet so many industry figures. You never know when it’s going to come in handy in the future.

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