Emma Zielinski - MA Publishing

Emma Zielinski graduated from MA Publishing in 2013 and now works for Macmillan Education. She encourages students to consider all aspects of publishing and think outside the box when it comes to their careers.

Where are you from in the world? 

Boring England I’m afraid, despite the deceptive surname! 

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

My fondest memory of LCC has to be the trip to Madrid! We saw so many great places and were able to enjoy a nice kind of farewell treat. I also have great memories of the SYP and MA conferences, which allowed other people in the industry to come and share their experiences with us.  

What are you working at the moment?

I work for Macmillan Education and I’m currently working on several projects. My main project is finishing up our best-selling series, a course designed to teach young adults the English language, which is in its final months now.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

A pencil, a piece of paper and an atmosphere. 

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

I’m really enjoying my job at the moment, so I see myself here for some time. However, I’ve worked as an English teacher in Thailand and as my current job is so closely linked with that, it has encouraged me to consider going abroad to teach again.

What drives you to succeed?

Probably seeing success in myself already and knowing that I can go one further.

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Eclectic, surprising and innovative. 

What piece of advice would you give to new students? 

Don’t be afraid to look outside the box! Although most of you will undoubtedly be thinking of getting in to consumer publishing, there are lots of areas of publishing that are interesting, engaging and fun.  

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration? 

I find museums really inspirational, as they bring together so many different kinds of creativity. I have often found myself wandering around the V&A when I’m trying to get new ideas flowing.