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So you want to be an intern?

Internships are a great way to gain experience and get a foot in the door when it comes to the publishing industry. They provide on-the-job training for tasks in many different departments, including Editorial, Marketing & Publicity, Sales and Production. If you’re thinking about becoming an intern, or if you wonder what it’s like to intern at The Porcupine’s Quill, these blog posts have been chosen and categorized to give you an idea what PQL interns do in any given department.

The Internship Experience

Date Title Author
05-11-2013 Sticking It Out to the Bitter(sweet) End: Musings of a Long Process, in Three Acts Steph
15-03-2013 Information Requests AKA Something to Write Home About AKA How Emails Make Me Feel Like an Elderly Newbie Steph
28-01-2013 Applying for Government Funding AKA Grant Me Patience AKA How I Learned to Beg for Money Like a Lady Steph
07-01-2013 Porcupettes passing the torch.... Kate
14-09-2011 Porcupettes passing the torch... Monique
24-08-2011 Stormy nights pre-Sep: PQL and academic course adoptions! Monique
01-08-2011 Porcupette Intern Tips: Staying Organized Monique
17-07-2011 Happy-Dancing with the Porcupette: TOAE, Grant Apps, and HTML success. Monique
03-05-2011 A Porcupette at the (Tango) Palace! Monique
09-03-2011 So You Want to be an Intern? Hints from the newest Porcupette. Monique
30-03-2011 The Porcupette’s last letter Caleigh
06-03-2011 Blogs for publishing interns (and other people interested in the business) Caleigh
24-02-2011 Top ten things I’ve learned while interning Caleigh
07-02-2011 Virtual internship breakdown Caleigh
24-10-2010 Time management for publishing interns Caleigh
31-08-2010 Summer internship breakdown Caleigh
25-08-2010 Gorgeous new blog set-up; steely resolve Caleigh
30-07-2010 Home, sweet home Caleigh
30-05-2010 Many mistakes Caleigh
15-05-2010 IPPY awards and more Caleigh
03-05-2010 And so it begins Caleigh
24-01-2010 A day at the shop Caleigh
12-30-2009 8 tips for interviewing authors Caleigh
02-12-2009 An introduction to PQL’s newest intern Caleigh

Editorial

Date Title Author
05-11-2013 Sticking It Out to the Bitter(sweet) End: Musings of a Long Process, in Three Acts Steph
27-08-2013 The Batmen of Publishing, or, This Is What Editing Looks Like Steph
17-07-2011 Happy-Dancing with the Porcupette: TOAE, Grant Apps, and HTML success. Monique
04-07-2011 Memoirs, or literary vicarious living. Monique
26-01-2011 Fall 2011 tip sheets Caleigh
21-11-2010 Reading guides Caleigh
08-10-2010 Blog request from the Big Cheese Caleigh
02-10-2010 Google Alerts & the new porcupette office Caleigh
19-08-2010 Typing & tip sheets Caleigh
04-08-2010 Victory dances Caleigh
24-06-2010 Fame and fortune Caleigh
15-05-2010 IPPY awards and more Caleigh
04-01-2010 What authors should know about interviews Caleigh

Production

Date Title Author
24-03-2015 It’s Typography Tuesday! Steph
07-12-2011 Printmaking and the OCAD University Book Arts Fair Kate
06-12-2010 Evaluation framework: progress so far Caleigh
19-08-2010 Typing & tip sheets Caleigh
04-08-2010 Victory dances Caleigh
30-07-2010 Home, sweet home Caleigh
08-07-2010 SFU-flavoured ice cream Caleigh
30-06-2010 Puzzles Caleigh
30-05-2010 Many mistakes Caleigh
20-05-2010 The hunkeler Caleigh
15-05-2010 IPPY awards and more Caleigh
03-05-2010 And so it begins Caleigh

Marketing & Publicity

Date Title Author
16-06-2015 Out and About: Shane Neilson’s On Shaving Off His Face Book Launch Steph
19-05-2015 The Porcupette’s Log, Being an Account of the Fabulous Fictions Workshop by Porcupette and Girl of All Work Stephanie Steph
05-11-2013 Sticking It Out to the Bitter(sweet) End: Musings of a Long Process, in Three Acts Steph
11-10-2013 Back in Black: Journey to the George A. Walker Launch (A Porcupette’s Travelogue) Steph
18-09-2013 The Porcupette Goes to the Fair … the Fisher Small Press Book Fair, That Is Steph
21-08-2012 A crash course in social media Kate
13-06-2011 The Porcupine’s Quill Around the Web (and some tweetspam frustration!) Monique
07-01-2011 2011 already? Caleigh
17-12-2010 Happy holidays from the Quill! Caleigh
08-09-2010 Squirrels on the Web: Digital Marketing using free online content Caleigh
10-08-2010 More victory! More dances! Caleigh
24-06-2010 Fame and fortune Caleigh
04-01-2010 What authors should know about interviews Caleigh
30-12-2009 8 tips for interviewing authors Caleigh

Sales

Date Title Author
15-05-2013 Loose Lips Sink Ships and Other Nautical References: Tips for Not Sinking the Whole Darn Ship at Pre-Sales Conference Steph
24-04-2013 In the spring a young porcupette’s fancy is suddenly wrenched to thoughts of book sales. Steph
24-08-2011 Stormy nights pre-09: PQL and academic course adoptions! Monique
11-05-2011 WorldCat and TCAF Monique
16-04-2011 White Rabbits, Mad Hatters and Wayzgooses! (Wayzgeese?) (and PQ’s first blog/twitter contest!) Monique
16-03-2011 Digital publicity for the Devil’s Artisan Caleigh
24-02-2011 Top ten things I’ve learned while interning Caleigh
06-12-2010 Evaluation framework: progress so far Caleigh
16-10-2010 Saskatchewan Book Award shortlist announcements Caleigh
08-10-2010 Blog request from the Big Cheese Caleigh
21-09-2010 First blog from France – Google AdWords & Alerts (part two) Caleigh
15-05-2010 IPPY awards and more Caleigh

The Business of Publishing

Date Title Author
24-04-2013 In the spring a young porcupette’s fancy is suddenly wrenched to thoughts of book sales. Steph
15-03-2013 Information Requests AKA Something to Write Home About AKA How Emails Make Me Feel Like an Elderly Newbie Steph
28-01-2013 Applying for Government Funding AKA Grant Me Patience AKA How I Learned to Beg for Money Like a Lady Steph
02-03-2012 The well dressed book: Everything old is new again (from ForeWord Magazine, Spring 2012) Kate
16-01-2012 The Porcupette goes to a conference Kate
03-10-2011 On publishing “Sailor Girl” by Sheree-Lee Olson Tim
17-07-2011 Happy-Dancing with the Porcupette: TOAE, Grant Apps, and HTML success. Monique
16-01-2011 What I learned from the Overview of Canada Book Fund recipients’ websites Caleigh
06-12-2010 Evaluation framework: progress so far Caleigh
14-11-2010 Writing grants for the Canada Council Caleigh
27-09-2010 Chapter Two: Stars and Stripes Tim
26-08-2010 Chapter One: The French Connection Tim
25-08-2010 Gorgeous new blog set-up; steely resolve Caleigh
10-08-2010 More victory! More dances! Caleigh
30-07-2010 Home, sweet home Caleigh
07-06-2010 The Big Count Caleigh
25-05-2010 Technology – Power Issues: circa 1984 Tim
05-05-2010 Banking (1976): James Reaney Tim
04-05-2010 Eden Mills (2002): P K Page Tim
25-02-2010 Reality (2006): Heavy Weather, the Porcupine’s Quill at Thirty Tim
25-02-2010 Memoir (1974): The Beginning of My Career Tim
25-02-2010 Production (2004): Looking for Snails on a Sunday Afternoon Tim
06-02-2010 Publicity (2000): The Zamboni Story Tim
05-02-2010 Fame (1999): 217 Miles from MoTown Tim
02-01-2010 Marketing (1995): Muffins Tim

Technology & the Web

Date Title Author
24-02-2015 Get out of my HEAD, Poetweet! Or, This is why technology will not soon take over the arts. Steph
20-01-2015 Dear Internet: A Blog-tervention with BONUS Snark-Filled Rant in Response to Clearing 2,567 Spam Comments Steph
17-07-2011 Happy-Dancing with the Porcupette: TOAE, Grant Apps, and HTML success. Monique
13-06-2011 The Porcupine’s Quill Around the Web (and some tweetspam frustration!) Monique
24-02-2011 Top ten things I’ve learned while interning Caleigh
16-01-2011 What I learned from the Overview of Canada Book Fund recipients’ websites Caleigh
17-12-2010 Happy holidays from the Quill! Caleigh
06-12-2010 Evaluation framework: progress so far Caleigh
03-11-2010 A mish-mash of news Caleigh
08-10-2010 Blog request from the Big Cheese Caleigh
02-10-2010 Google Alerts & the new porcupette office Caleigh
21-09-2010 First blog from France – Google AdWords & Alerts (part two) Caleigh
14-09-2010 Last blog from Canada – Google, AdWords & Alerts (part one) Caleigh
08-09-2010 Squirrels on the Web: Digital Marketing using free online content Caleigh
25-08-2010 Gorgeous new blog set-up; steely resolve Caleigh
19-08-2010 Typing & tip sheets Caleigh
30-05-2010 Many mistakes Caleigh
25-05-2010 Technology - Power Issues: circa 1984 Tim
15-05-2010 IPPY awards and more Caleigh
24-01-2010 A day at the shop Caleigh

Misc. Musings & Personal with the Porcupette

Date Title Author
24-02-2015 Get out of my HEAD, Poetweet! Or, This is why technology will not soon take over the arts. Steph
27-01-2015 PQ How-To: How to Make Time for Reading Steph
20-01-2015 Dear Internet: A Blog-tervention with BONUS Snark-Filled Rant in Response to Clearing 2,567 Spam Comments Steph
14-11-2014 Unwarranted Close Reading: 6 Words that Should No Longer Be Used in Book Blurbs Steph
19-09-2014 Reader’s Block: My Slow Recovery from an Insidious Illness Steph
17-01-2014 5 Ways You Know You’re a Typophile Steph
27-08-2013 The Batmen of Publishing, or, This Is What Editing Looks Like Steph
09-02-2012 Dingbats for Valentine’s Kate
23-01-2012 Whats-it, thingie-ma-bob, do-hickey, dingbat cards Kate
04-07-2011 Memoirs, or literary vicarious living. Monique
29-01-2011 A guide to PQ authors on the web Caleigh
07-01-2011 2011 already? Caleigh
26-11-2010 Advice & blogs for writers Caleigh
21-11-2010 Reading guides Caleigh
16-10-2010 Saskatchewan Book Award shortlist announcements Caleigh
02-10-2010 Google Alerts & the new porcupette office Caleigh
25-08-2010 Gorgeous new blog set-up; steely resolve Caleigh
19-08-2010 Typing & tip sheets Caleigh
04-08-2010 Victory dances Caleigh
26-07-2010 Report from SFU Publishing Immersion, pt. 2 (I’m home!) Caleigh
18-07-2010 Report from SFU Publishing Immersion, pt. 1 (I’m alive!) Caleigh
08-07-2010 SFU-flavoured ice cream Caleigh
30-06-2010 Puzzles Caleigh
03-06-2010 Fairs, interns & cats Caleigh
30-05-2010 Many mistakes Caleigh
04-01-2010 What authors should know about interviews Caleigh
02-12-2009 An introduction to PQL’s newest intern Caleigh

Indices

Date Title Author
07-01-2013 Porcupettes passing the torch.... Kate
14-09-2011 Porcupettes passing the torch.... Monique
30-03-2011 The Porcupette’s last letter Caleigh

The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.