Fond Farewell

It’s hard to believe that my time at Heyday is ending already. Three months goes by fast! I feel like I just got started, but when I look back I also know that I have learned a lot and done a lot in the time that I’ve been here. 

I really didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived at the brown shingle house that is Heyday’s office building, but the friendly people and efficient but generally relaxed atmosphere at Heyday made it easy to adjust and get my bearings. As a newcomer to publishing and as someone who had never really worked in an office before, I have had plenty of questions and things to learn. But, hey, that is why I am here. As the weeks went by I learned, among many other things, to use and update the Heyday database, prepare mailing lists, and even write press releases. Susan and Lillian both found a number of projects that I could do from home, which was really wonderful since my commute from Santa Cruz could be a little grueling. 
When I arrived at Heyday, my only publishing experience was a few months of volunteer editing for a couple of student-run literary arts publications. After I graduated from UCSC last June, I began taking editing classes through the UC Berkeley Extension program. I had education, but no experience to speak of. 
I had initially applied for an editorial internship here at Heyday but, when there wasn’t one available, I was offered an interview for an internship in marketing and publicity. Eager for experience, I happily accepted. I’m glad I did, and in a way I am actually glad that I didn’t get into the editorial department. I feel like my foundation is much broader, since I now have some knowledge both of editing and of marketing and publicity. This internship has been a great way to get a feel for some of the business aspects of the publishing business. 
I am truly grateful to have had this opportunity to be involved with the work of a publishing house. Here’s hoping that I will one day get to work with a publisher as interesting, involved, and altogether awesome as Heyday!


  1. Bye Iris! Thank you so much for all your help! Please keep in touch.