I am a writer, an editor, a designer, a photographer, and a student. Originally from Massachusetts in the United States, I came to London in 2019 to earn my Master’s degree. I grew up with a passion for an array of different art forms, from writing to painting to music, and I continue to hold on to these passions today. My creative interests span many fields, and this is reflected in the studies I have pursued throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
In December 2018 I graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Literature & Publishing. I am now a postgraduate student at Kingston University London, currently pursuing a career in publishing. I have professional editorial experience with the US educational publisher Macmillan Learning and the MIT Press at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I actively seek out opportunities to expand my knowledge and abilities, and I am eager to learn about all aspects of publishing, particularly editorial, design and digital publishing.
My Degree at Emerson College
Studying at Emerson from 2015 to 2018, I earned a BFA degree in Writing, Literature & Publishing. I concentrated in fiction writing and the editorial branch of publishing. I held editorial roles in the student publications Black Swan and Stork, in which I selected, substantively edited, and copy-edited students’ prose, poetry, and essay submissions. Three of my own short stories were published in the student publications Gauge and Concrete. I also wrote monthly articles for the Books section of Emertainment Monthly. My time at Emerson also introduced me to graphic design, and specifically book design. I took a Print Publishing class, in which I learned InDesign and Photoshop to create various print projects, including a collection of my own short stories, entitled The Internal Ashes. Another class, Electronic Publishing, fostered my interest in web design and e-book publishing. I continue to practice the coding skills I learned from this class, and have utilised them in the coding of this website.
In the spring of 2017 I was fortunate enough to study abroad for three months at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands. Based in a 14th-century castle in a small Dutch village near the German border, the programme gave me a broader, international perspective on publishing, as well as the chance to visit many different countries throughout Europe. I traveled to roughly a dozen extraordinary cities, experiencing different cultures and gaining a global awareness of current events. This incredible and humbling adventure was the impetus that launched my interest in photography. It also solidified my dream to earn a Master’s degree in the UK.
Studying at Kingston University
In the Autumn of 2019 I came to the UK to study MA Creative Writing & Publishing at Kingston University London. I completed two publishing modules, in which I studied the structures and roles in the publishing value chain, and learned the skills for each role from industry professionals. I practised these skills in various workshops, assignments, and real-world projects, which can be viewed here. I also completed two creative writing modules, which honed my writing skills and reinforced my unique dual-perspective of the publishing process from both the author’s and editor’s point of view. One of my flagship projects during the course was my design role for the book Broadway to Brazil, an illustrated companion book to its namesake podcast on the English football club the Corinthian-Casuals. Working with a small team of fellow students, I designed the cover and interior for Broadway to Brazil, which was published by Kingston University Press in spring 2020. I also worked on the editorial team of Ripple, Kingston University’s annual literary journal of student writing. As an editor I selected, substantively edited, and copy-edited students’ prose submissions.
I have recently completed my publishing dissertation, which you can learn more about below. I am now in the process of finding a full-time job or work placement for the second year of my two-year course. Despite the additional challenges that the COVID19 pandemic poses, I am undeterred in my pursuit to secure a position and gain more professional experience in the UK and further advance my publishing career.
About My Dissertation
For my publishing dissertation I am researching the question of whether Millennials and Generation Z prefer print books or e-books. Noticing a plateauing in the popularity of e-books, I became interested in format preference among younger generations of readers. It would be easy to assume that Millennials and Generation Z, the first generations to grow up with the internet and live fully immersed in the Digital Revolution, would naturally hold a strong preference for e-books. However, several scholarly studies have suggested otherwise, and I researched why this is the case. Taking psychological, historical, and economic factors into my analysis, I aimed to provide both trade and educational publishers with a better understanding of these younger generations’ format preferences, so that publishers may better predict the future of print and e-book markets. The following is my Abstract:
‘The aims of this dissertation are to answer the question of whether Millennials and Generation Z tend to prefer print books or e-books, and to investigate the reasons for their preference. Focusing specifically on the United States and the United Kingdom, I investigate the psychological, historical, and economic factors that have influenced Millennials’ and Generation Z’s perception of value in the two formats, their spending behaviours, and their prioritisation of value for money, all of which culminate in shaping these two generations’ overall format preference. My methodology comprised research and analysis of data and information from outside studies on this subject, and a comparison of these to the data from my own survey. My findings uphold those of other studies to conclude that Millennials and Generation Z tend to prefer print books over e-books, despite their identity as the first ‘digital-native’ generations. The reasons for this preference include psychological phenomena (both those inherent to humans and those caused by Millennials’ and Generation Z’s particular childhood experiences), major historical events including the Digital Revolution and the Great Recession, and a combination of economic conditions including astronomically rising higher education costs, debilitating student debt, rising housing costs, and stagnant wages relative to inflation. My findings are useful for publishers to better understand their Millennial and Generation Z readers, who will continue to gain a greater share of the consumer market over time and will influence the direction of print and e-book markets for decades to come. My findings are also useful for loosely predicting the format preferences of rising generations who may be affected by similar psychological, historical, and economic circumstances in the future.’