Working with Penguin Random House

A while back, I hinted at some good news that I had to share, and now that it has all been confirmed and no jinxes can put a stop to it, I can finally, and with certainty, reveal said news.

The wonderful folks at the Chinese arm of International publisher, Penguin Random House – you may have heard of them – recently reached out to me, concerning my review for Proust’s Days of Reading. Having first expressed an interest, they have since acquired the non-exclusive rights to the review, which I have been reworking into an introduction for the Chinese language version (translated by somebody else) of this entry into Penguin Great Ideas series.

It feels really good to be getting paid for something I love doing and with possible future jobs being hinted at it, there has been much raising of confidence and spirits (as its rainy season in Ph and we are experiencing our sixth straight day of almost constant rain).  I have been working on this blog for years, and working is the right term as well, although it started out as just a hobby to simply chat with bookish folk around the world, it has become so much more than that.  Partly, it is through my own drive to pick up more challenging books, to attempt to read into obscurer subjects, and widen my reading circle.  More than that though, it is because of the standard of writers whom I come across daily and not only provide thought-provoking interaction but also source of inspiration as well as a standard with which to measure myself and keep me on my toes.  This allows me to constantly add to my writing style with new techniques and perspectives, so thank you!  My next iced Americano will emphatically be raised to you!

59 Replies to “Working with Penguin Random House”

    1. Thank you! It’s supposed to be pretty much three months of rain, I am assured so I will be spending more time inside which is always good. I am trying to put in place a schedule so I can divide my working time between work, writing blog and book(s), plus research for more work and other ways to make money. On top of that I need to find time to read as well, then I have to be ready to cook dinner as well, in the evening. It’s all go here, which is why I usually wake up early so I can squeeze as much in as I can before YouTube inevitably attempts to distract me.

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  1. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news and well deserved. Wonderful review too. Now I’ll have to add Proust to my list because I love to be immersed in language and the sound of the language more than the usual stories or plots.

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  2. How exciting, well done! How fast do you type, by the way? Transcription might be a good part-time job … might have mentioned that before, though, sorry!

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  3. Such fantastic news my friend, thrilled for you. Your years of hard work are paying off, and what a wonderful validation and encouragement. Cheers to you…with coffee, or otherwise 😉

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    1. The beer is stronger over here so taking it steady in that regard, with the heat coffee kick starts me at least twice a day. It is a huge encouragement to do mre but I am also looking into other areas as well, I hate to rest on my laurels…or backside.

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    1. We had an almost dry day yesterday which was great but on the whole it is better to be in than out if you can manage it. I always feel the need to read more widely so hopefully that will help me even more in the future.

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  4. Blimey, that’s awesome, and impressive! Well done 🙂 That’s the holy grail of blogging you’re drinking that iced americano out of 😉 *insert joke about old knight in cave/Harrison Ford here*

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    1. Coincidentally, I resemble the bloke who drank from the posh cup when I wake up…before he went out in an explosion of dust, that is.

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  5. That is fantastic news my friend. Your talent is finally being recognized. Hoping this is a springboard to many good things.

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  6. Congrats and well deserved.
    You put so much thought and effort into writing your reviews, and it’s great to hear that you get to do what you’re passionate about.
    I’m so happy for you.

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    1. Thank you and hello, it’s been a while! It was great news and I am hoping to have another opportunity with another (smaller) publishing house real soon! It is always enjoyable to do something you love and getting paid is always a great bonus.

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      1. Yeah I was hoping to checkout your blog more over the summer, but never really got the chance to.
        That’s great to hear, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the smaller publishing house.

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  7. I was writing my 1st novel when a woman, whom works for Random house approached me. Being an idiot, I did not save her information. I am an IDIOT! If ANYONE knows a woman that works for said Company, could you PLEASE email me at julesisfine@gmail.com
    I, obviously, will LOVE to speak too her!
    Thank you!
    Julianne Smith-Devereaux

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    1. I feel your pain. The office I worked with was in China but hopefully swine will see this and reply to you. If I come across anybody with connections I will mention you to them.

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