Name: Claudia Palmer (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri)
Company: Huia Publishers
What has been a highlight so far?
Definitely the people – the team at HUIA are super passionate about what they do, and everyone brings a fun and supportive energy to the office. I also love the work – getting to market books I would want to buy myself is a bit of a dream.
What has been a challenge?
I’ve probably got the best kind of challenge: being very busy. There are a lot of moving parts to learn, and there is new work coming in all the time. But I like to hit the ground running, so I’m enjoying it.
How have you found “real world” publishing different from the expectations you had while on your course?
The course offers two two-week work placements, which are a real highlight, and I happened to do one of mine at HUIA. So, stepping into the internship, I already knew the team and the work environment, and luckily, I got to skip the first-day nerves!
What are you reading at the moment?
The Liminal Space by Jacquie McRae. It’s immersive and beautifully written. In a small book, she captures the complexity of human nature in four very different characters. It’s a great read.