Friday, 30 August 2013

My internship experience with Templar

My name is Maria Vole and I've been a Sales and Marketing intern with Templar Publishing for the past month. I am currently doing a Masters degree in English Literature at The University of Edinburgh and have recently been thinking about going into publishing when I graduate. I started looking for internships with publishing houses to gain a bit more insight into what the publishing industry is all about and whether it's right for me.  Since I'm especially interested in children's books and young adult fiction I thought interning with Templar would be perfect for me. After sending off my application I was lucky enough to be taken on board as a Sales and Marketing intern for a month.

Today is my last day, and to my surprise a lovely card, bouquet of flowers and chocolates appeared on my desk this morning!

I had a wonderful time during my internship experience. I've learned so much, and have been able to try my hand at so many different things, including sending out books and other materials in the mail, conducting various types of research, doing admin work, developing promotion plans and concepts, writing blog posts, liaising with authors, handling requests for marketing materials, posting on various social media sites to promote Templar's recent releases, writing and designing press releases, attending very informative meetings and corresponding with book bloggers and reviewers. 

I've been able to see and learn so much about the world of children's publishing. Every person I encountered while interning at Templar was kind and helpful, and my every question was answered with patience, despite the fact that my co-workers all had busy schedules and a lot to get through in the day. I’m so grateful for the experience and I think my experience as an intern with Templar Publishing is going to be immensely useful to me in getting a job within the field of publishing later on. 

My time as an intern with Templar was very informative and interesting, and I can definitely recommend undertaking an internship here. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013


Thank fiction it’s Friday and better still, it’s a bank holiday weekend. So with the final bank holiday of the summer, we’re all about Summer Reads today. Books to take to the beach, books to loll on a sun-lounger with, books to while away time in a café or at the airport or books to rave about when you get back from the long weekend.

So, here’s a quick recap on some fab Summer Reads from Templar Fiction, all of which are featured in ebook promotions this weekend, so grab them while you can!

For splash-tastic fun and the trials and tribulations of being half-human, half-mermaid, try Tera Lynn Childs’s FORGIVE MY FINS and FINS ARE FOREVER. 

If you’re a fan of high school rom-coms or Nickelodeon’s H20 series you’ll love these Lily and Quince’s stories. And, summer’s the perfect time to try out some Fin Fashion – think sparkly eyes, pearlescent nail polish and salt-spray hair-styles.
Cool Fin fashion over at Tera Lynn Child's Pinterest page

If you’re desperate for the next Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, or just a lover of fast-paced, thrilling, dystopian YA, you’ll be gripped by THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau. Movies rights have been optioned and it’s already a hot summer read, so don’t get left behind on this one, read it now!

Have you got what it takes to complete The Testing?

From action-packed YA to the glamorous girls and the music world of LA in the rocking DRUMMER GIRL. Readers are loving this top summer read,  and it’s the perfect book to be seen around the pool with.
Rock on with Crush for hot summer read

And who can resist a laugh-out-loud book on a bank holiday weekend? Well not us, and we’ve got plenty of side-splitters to pick from. ME, SUZY P. is a brilliantly-funny debut about the somewhat chaotic life of 14-year-old Suzy Puttock. 
We love Suzy P. and you will too

As Greg Wallace would say “It doesn’t get funnier than this.”  Move over Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah Casey, Suzy P’s here.

And for fans of The Inbetweeners and the humour of The Heat and Bachelorette, you will snort, snigger and guffaw out-loud at the antics of Cooper, Matt and Sean in Hollywood script-writer Don Calame’s SWIMTHE FLY.  Come on, you TV execs and Hollywood, (we know you’re listening!) these books are crying out for on-screen adaptation. 
We promise you will laugh - A LOT!

And last but no-means least on our summer reading bonanza, is Claire McFall’s FERRYMAN. Shortlisted for the Scottish Book Award, and the Edinburgh Book Festival First BookAward, it’s already creating YA waves. Engulf yourself in Dylan and Tristan’s epic journey across the wasteland and be transported this summer to another place. But that’s the great thing about books, isn’t it? They can take you anywhere, even from the comfort of your armchair. 

An epic love story and thrilling journey

For Kobo deals use this code GET30NOW on checkout for 30% discount. 
For details of Amazon Kindle Summer Reads check out here. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

99p Summer Reads - Horsing Around With Jokes!

The newest addition to The Pony Detectives series, Rivalry at Summer Camp, has been published and in celebration we have compiled some silly horse-related jokes and photos for you viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Q: What cheese should you use to hide a horse?
A: Mascarpone

Q. What do you call a horse wearing a stripped jumper?
A:  A zebra!

Q: Why are most horses in shape?

 A: Because they are on a stable diet.

Q: Why did the horse eat with its mouth open?
 A: Because it had bad stable manners

Q: What do you ask a sad horse?
A: "Why the long face?

If you love horses, the newest addition to The Pony Detectives series is the perfect book for you! Rivalry At Summer Camp is a fun, engaging and interesting read that is perfect for the young horse-lover. 

Come down to Blackberry Farm and meet four horse-mad best friends: Rosie,  Alice, Mia and Charlie. The girls stable their ponies at Blackberry Farm’s yard, and spend every moment they have with their ponies and each other. But the foursome aren’t just good at jumping and showing – they’re also great at solving mysteries! 

The Pony Detectives are super-excited to be going to their first pony camp. And they’re even more excited to discover that eventing celebrity Lily Simpson lives near the camp site! When Lily’s competition pony, Foxy, disappears from his field, do other campers know more about the disappearance than they are letting on? The Pony Detectives must leap into action on their first celebrity case.

Simply click on this link if you'd like to read reviews or buy Rivalry at Summer Camp on Amazon: Foxy: Rivalry at Summer Camp on

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