Q & A with Bruce Walsh

Holding the UR Press national bestsellers!

Why does the U of R Press need a one-year intern?

How will the internship contribute to the press?

I’ve wondered the same thing.

As a journalism graduate and a freelance writer, I find myself to be quite inquisitive about everything in general. When I first joined the U of R team, many questions crossed my mind such as; how do they find amazing writers? Do they know when they are about to publish a bestseller? What is the process of putting a book together? (I’ll save these questions for another blog.) Most importantly, what is the purpose of hiring an intern and what do they hope the intern will bring to the team?
I’ve decided to put on my journalist hat and ask these questions with the U of R Press Publisher Bruce Walsh.

Q & A:
What is the purpose of hiring a one-year intern?
For two reasons; one, we can always use the extra help. That is an important consideration and it comes with funding so that makes it possible for us to bring an extra person in. We specifically requested funding for a First Nations intern because the goal of the press over time is to always have First Nations interns. Down the road, all these people we trained can come back and run the press.Me & Bruce #3

What do you hope the intern will bring to the team and take away from the U of R Press?
I hope you leave here with a pretty clear understanding of how every aspect of the publishing process works. I never dreamt that you would actually bring us authors, that is kind of like the biggest part of what we do going out and finding authors. I think every time we hire somebody, whether an intern or not, it’s about being surprised of what they bring to the table. That’s a pretty big deal that you actually brought us some authors. We’ve only just begun and you’ve only been here six weeks. I would like to build up our First Nations staff here so that we have more experience that we are developing. Eventually I’m going to retire, other people are going to retire, and we can refresh the house with Indigenous knowledge and experience. That’s what I’m thinking in the long term picture.

What are you hopes and expectations for the next intern?
Well you’re kind of setting the bar high here. Somebody who’ll bring enthusiasm, a willingness to speak up and tell us what he or she thinks about everything we do. Publishing is about collaboration and when I first started here, we’d have our meetings and people participated in a way they haven’t before. It’s about bringing youthful energy into the house, it’s about bringing different ideas into the house, and it’s about encouraging confidence. My hope for all the people that work here, whether intern or not, everybody becomes a leader and an expert in their area. We’re not just trying to create books, that is our business; we’re trying to create leadership, a cultural renaissance around First Nations contribution to the country. I hope our publishing program creates beauty.Staff Pic 1

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Introducing Jeanelle, the New U of R Press Intern

My First Blog Post:

“The most important sentence in any article is the first one. If it doesn’t induce the reader to proceed to the second sentence, your article is DEAD!” – William Zinsser

JM Ever wonder how publishers find their authors and book ideas? Want to know what it’s like to work at the U of R Press? Then follow my blog as I will be documenting my experience as the one-year intern at the University of Regina Press (U of R Press)!

This is the first time that the U of R Press has hired an intern to join their team temporarily. I am the first to pave the road for this awesome opportunity.

From this internship, I hope to leave with the skills and knowledge of the processes of publishing, editing, selling and marketing books.

I am kept busy with numerous duties from re-organizing books in the storage room, creating book launch events on social media to compiling a list of potential writers.

Aside from my duties, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Jeanelle Mandes; I am from Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. I have lived in Regina for almost five years. I am blessed to be the mother of a beautiful six-year-old daughter named Sharlize. I relocated to Regina to pursue my academic studies. I graduated from the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada with two degrees in Indigenous Studies and in Journalism and also two certificates in Intercultural Leadership and Indian Communication Arts. I’ve always longed to work as a writer.

When I was in high school, I picked up a copy of Eagle Feather News and skimmed through the newspaper and an ad immediately caught my attention.

Telling Our Own Stories in big bolded letters drew me in to read more about the eye-catching ad. Below the title, there was a photo of a young Indigenous woman holding a camera with a little blurb below detailing why to choose journalism as a career. From that moment forward, I made it my mission to graduate high school, graduate university and land myself a deadly one-year internship with the U of R Press.

My long-term goal is to own my own newspaper, make documentaries and mentor the upcoming generation of future writers and journalists. I believe I will gain the essential skills that are needed to blueprint this vision of mine.

So far, the experience has been great! The bonus part of my job is being able to take a book home to read in my own leisure time. I love reading, especially when it’s not a required reading for a class (being in university for so long burns you out). Another bonus is the team I work with. Everyone is so nice and welcoming since the day I started. The work atmosphere is fun, outgoing and everyone cracks a few jokes every now and then. I come from a big family that believes laughter is the greatest medicine and working here at the U of R Press, I feel right at home.

I’ve been with the U of R Press for a month now and the experience is going great! With this blog, I will be documenting everything that I’m learning and I’ll demonstrate not only through words, but with videos and photos to show why the U of R Press is a great place to work!