A Bookseller article by Caroline Carpenter focusing on the prospects for the book trade in the north-west features former Creative Access intern and current editor at Orion Books.
The article reads:
Witty believes that, despite being encouraged early on in his publishing career to relocate to the capital, he would not have signed the book if he had. Coming from a working-class background in Merseyside, Witty says: “Publishing was never an industry I’d heard of growing up.” It was only during his postgraduate degree when a careers officer pointed him towards Creative Access that he discovered the industry and the opportunities within it. He was accepted onto the Penguin Random House mentoring programme in January 2021, where he was “brilliantly supported and taught about the industry”, however, “throughout all my research and all the advice I was given, one thing was clear: if I really wanted to make it in publishing, I’d have to move to London”.
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