Spring/Summer Work Experience – Kuperard Publishing

Work Experience Spring/Summer 2018 programme – Marketing and Publicity

Are you looking to kick start your publicity career in publishing at a small friendly publishing house based in North London? Kuperard publishers are looking for a self-motivated individual to come join us this spring/summer on our marketing and publicity work experience programme.

Responsibilities include market research, developing media lists, drafting copy and liaising with reviewers – with the aim to increase awareness and recognition for a select few of our non-fiction titles.

Person specification

Experience in a publishing industry is not necessary, but we will be looking out for people with:

  • An interest in non-fiction books
  • Passion for books and media
  • Strong desire to work in either marketing or publicity
  • Excellent communication skills: via email and verbally
  • Ability to focus on the task at hand and is result orientated
  • Good computer skills

Work experience placements run for an initial two weeks with possible extension. Lunch and travel expenses paid. Placements will start from May onward.

We’d love to hear from you, so please get back to us with a short cover letter, CV and your availability to office@kuperard.co.uk. CV and cover letter should be attached as either pdf or word.doc file, and applications should be sent to us asap.

(Note: Kuperard are the publishers of the Culture Smart! series, however, work experience students will primarily be working on our distributed non-fiction titles)

Wednesday Wanderlust – 10 Values and Attitudes of Central Asia

This week’s Wednesday Wanderlust takes us to Central Asia for a look at the values and attitudes celebrated among these nations:

Uzbekistan

  • Superstitions – Ill-wishing neighbours can cause you harm by placing sand or broken needles in fornt of your house. A mullah, or any old person, can help to avert the evil eye or bad luck, cure the sick, mend a relationship, and so on, by reading a prayer in Arabic.

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Faux Pas and Feminism: Navigating France as a millennial Brit

The vibrancy and electricity of this Monday at midnight made an English Friday night look bland by comparison.

In an account of my relocation to Montpellier in the South of France, I tackle everything from first encounters to feminism on the other side of the Channel.

Top tip number 1 for moving abroad:  When arriving alone, at midnight, with three suitcases, DO check which Hotel Ibis your reservation is at before you land.

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Wednesday Wanderlust – 10 Values and Attitudes of the Balkans

The Balkan Peninsula takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch all the way from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea. Located in South Eastern Europe, the exact definition of the Balkans is often disputed.  Nevertheless, the countries that either entirely or partially lay within its borders are diverse in their culture and attitudes. To get you started, here’s 10 key values from across the region taken straight from our guides:

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AUTHORS WANTED

Kuperard Publishing are looking for authors, both to update some existing titles and to write new books for our expanding Culture Smart! series. We’re currently looking for authors to update editions on the following countries: Cambodia, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Tunisia, Finland, Czech Republic.

Culture Smart! guides are short introductory books that aim to alert first-time visitors to the values and attitudes of different countries. They don’t duplicate the hard information given in conventional guidebooks but focus on the human dimension, on a country’s culture, so as to enable foreign visitors both to be understanding guests and to get the most out of their visit. They tell the reader how the people of the country see themselves, and why, and something of their history, their collective experience, their manners, and their private lives. They steer visitors through various situations, helping them to avoid awkward gaffes and misunderstandings.

There are over 100 titles in the series so far. We have had good reviews in The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and The New York Times, the series has appeared on CNN’s Travel website, and has featured on BBC World’s weekly travel programme “Fast Track”. For the full list of titles, see: www.culturesmart.co.uk/destinations.

Our authors are generally, but not exclusively, native English-speakers who have lived in the subject country for some time and know it well. If you are interested, please contact us on culturesmart@kuperard.co.uk to enquire for more details, or apply with a CV and a sample of your writing.

Feature: Why South Korea is the most unique destination for the Winter Olympics.

By Marie-Teresa Hanna

source: pixabay.com

The Winter Olympics are only a few days away and this year will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is a victory for South Korea after their bids were rejected for the 2010 and 2014 games. This unique region lies 80 miles from Seoul and 50 miles from North Korea. Getting there previously was so difficult the roads were described as sheep intestines! However, due to the upcoming Winter Olympics, the government have increased funding into transport in order to make it more accessible for tourists and athletes. Over $13 billion has been spent building a bullet train and highway, including 78 bridges and 98 tunnels, improving access from Pyeongchang to Seoul. In addition to this, money has been put towards building sports facilities such as ski slopes and ice rinks. For such a hidden away gem, this destination is a massive achievement and one which is sure to spark wanderlust for all those that will watch it in the games.

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Wednesday Wanderlust: 10 values and attitudes of Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe has some wonderful landscapes and people – here are ten cultural facts taken straight from our CultureSmart! Guides on Eastern Europe.

Armenia

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‘Names beginning with a first name and ending with –ian or –yan are indications of the father’s first name. Diasporans tend to use –ian, while Armenians use –yan. For example, Davidian is the son of David, and Krikorian is the son of Krikor or Gregor. Typically, first names were taken from the bible, so many last names have a religious origin.’

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Exploring culture in a solo trip to Australia

Exploring culture in a solo trip to Australia

By Marie-Teresa Hanna

We all have a dream destination to visit which lends itself to appeal through the culture and customs held by that country or city, people, or even the landscape or food. For me, this country was on the other side of the world – Australia. Spring of 2017, I packed up my bags and left for my first ever solo trip, hoping the advantage of speaking English would help me navigate across the country. With just over a month to spare, I travelled across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with brief stops at Byron Bay, Great Ocean Road and the Blue Mountains. I wanted to soak in as much culture, fresh air and sun as possible and although the entire trip was an unforgettable journey, there are few highlights which are truly worth sharing for others to experience.

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Feature: For some, Christmas is not over just yet…

Why Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on the 7th January instead of the 25th December.

Written by: Marie-Teresa Hanna

The 7th of January is usually the time where everything Christmas related is taken away from shop floors, and Christmas trees are put out to be discarded. So why is it that the Eastern Orthodox community celebrates Christmas after New Year instead of the other way round?

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