Book Recommendations from the Press Interns

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   Molly Morelock

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

The Harry Potter series is slowly becoming a literary classic. The story of the boy who lived is one of the most iconic franchises in America next to the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and middle and high schools are beginning add the book to their curriculums. But it’s not just success and fame that makes Harry Potter such a wonderful story; it’s the characters, their personalities and pasts that readers love.

This summer I reread the entire series and rekindled that love again. Harry’s story is one of the greatest adventures ever told. Whether he’s opening a secret chamber, turning back time, dueling with dragons, or fighting with powerful death eaters, Harry is constantly finding new adventures, which ultimately lead him to encounter the dark Lord Voldemort. Of course, none of these endeavors would be possible without his friends, proving the best adventures are shared ones. This enduring friendship is what makes readers pick up these books time and time again, and if you haven’t experienced them, it’s never too late.

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Josiah Mihok

The Virgin Way: If It’s Not Fun It’s Not Worth Doing by Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, the entrepreneurial tycoon who hails from the United Kingdom, wrote this book in a very raw form. But it isn’t a book of verbal jumble written by a rich man as he spews his knowledge all over pages, topped with a flashy cover. This book was intended for anyone who has ever cared about his or her life being more than ordinary. There are so many useful lessons in this book that would prove advantageous for businessman or women, and they all come from the printed words of a been-there-done-that professional.

Branson provides some insider knowledge about how his umbrella corporate empire Virgin Group (VG) has created a trend differentiating itself from the competition no matter what market niche VG has targeted over the years. The importance of having a leadership team that encapsulates spontaneity, boldness, wisdom, and creativity is urged throughout the book. Branson also shares his cheats on “how to listen, learn, laugh, and lead”. All of these fundamental (and intentional) “L” words, when transformed into actions, can have unparalleled beneficial advantages to your life, and the lives around you.

So, next time you are feeling downtrodden, or just feel as if life has got you down, pick up this book, and read couple pages of any chapter. You won’t regret it.

 

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The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau is a science fiction work that tells the story of a man, Edward Prendick, who is rescued by a passing ship after having survived a shipwreck. On this ship, Prendick meets Montegomery and his peculiar companion. Through a series of events, Montegomery rescues Prendick and takes him to the infamous Island of Dr. Moreau. Prendick is aware of the rumors that Dr. Moreau experiments with vivisection on the island. The story that follows Prendick’s arrival on the island is certainly not for the light hearted. Wells provides a critical view of human nature through the characters, some human and some not fully so, that forces the reader to consider human nature and all of its complexities. With its constant rising action, skillfully created symbols, and fascinating characters, The Island of Dr. Moreau is a must read.

 

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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

As readers we often find it a grueling task when someone asks us to name our favorite book. That’s like asking an artist to choose a favorite color, or a chef about their favorite dish. No matter our medium of art, picking a favorite is difficult. I decided to come from a different angle on this particular task. Non-fiction is my favorite genre, but every good writer, or avid reader, needs to be diverse. So I chose to think about a book that impacted my life. In that vein of thought, it was a fiction book that impacted my life the most.

The book I found, a masterpiece of fiction, a compass that would change my worldview and my life is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. This book, although it is Christian fiction, helped me to initiate and survive my own great divorce—a much needed divorce, a divorce from self. I don’t want to give any spoilers (and it’s very easy to do with this story); however, the great divorce is the separation of flesh and spirit. It is the belief that to find true peace of mind is to live by the spiritual aspects of life rather than the natural, or by always feeding the never ending desires of the flesh.

Before you think I sound preachy, the book does not really proselytize Christianity. It simply eludes to the tenants of that faith. It is however a book that will capture you and knowing several people that have read it in a day, I know this page turner is something you won’t want to put down.

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The Last Child by John Hart

John Hart’s The Last Child is an exceptionally thrilling piece of fiction that guides the reader through a fast paced journey of suspense. The plot centers on Johnny Merrimon, a thirteen-year-old boy whose life is forever altered when his beloved twin sister goes missing. Hart masterfully weaves mystery after mystery, tantalizing readers with what seems like a hint of closure, only to reveal that there is still a piece missing of the puzzle. The novel fearlessly explores the dark sides of grief and desperation as it portrays a family torn apart by tragedy.

Hart’s decision to make Johnny the courageous hero of the story makes it a particularly compelling read. Johnny’s risky excursions, wrought with danger, constantly keep readers on their toes. Seeking his sister’s justice, a world of maturity is thrust onto Johnny subsequently resulting in the sacrifice of his childhood innocence.

While the novel embodies the essence of every parent’s worst nightmare, there also lies a tale within of unhindered courage and hope from a young child driven by a much stronger force than fear: love. Hart creates a riveting story that is suitable for any reader who is willing to get lost in a book that will keep the mind enraptured from beginning to end.

 

What to do with an English Degree?

To some, English may seem like an impractical art, but its role in businesses and industries is profound. English majors are often teased for having limited job options after college, but writing, communication, and analytical skills are needed in almost every profession. If you are considering majoring in English or starting to look for potential jobs, these six professions may be a good fit.

  1. Publishing—If you like extensive editing, research, and the marketing side of writing, then a job in publishing is perfect for you. It takes a lot of patience to work at a press or publishing house. Every textbook, anthology, trade book (fiction/nonfiction), or journal goes through an extensive process before it hits the shelves. You also have to have knowledge in design programs, such as InDesign or Photoshop, as well as marketing and research skills to promote and sell the publications.
Random House is one of the largest publishing houses in America.
Random House is one of the largest publishing houses in America.
  1. Journalism—Similar to publishing, a job as a news reporter or editor is also labor-intensive. Required essentials are things like intensive research through interviews and on-site reporting. Journalism is a unique writing style following its own writing guidelines called Associated Press (AP) style. Journalism is factual based writing using simple, direct sentences. Additionally, journalists are responsible for reporting on tough and tense issues, so you have to have tenacity and confidence in your craft.
  1. Technical/Medical Writing—If hard news isn’t your style, consider a more straightforward type of writing. Technical writing is more business oriented, and relies heavily on your ability to communicate. Manuals, memos, letters, etc. are all examples of technical writing, and many organizations need workers who know how to write these genres properly. The medical field is especially in need of people to write medical textbooks, product packaging, marketing journals, healthcare websites, and more. Because English majors often believe they aren’t qualified enough for a position in a scientific field, many may never register as these as potential job options or can often overlook the field completely. If you are a detail oriented writer, these jobs could be a great fit.
  1. Grant Writing—Grants are also a form of technical writing, but they involve more creativity and rhetoric than most technical writing. Making people want to give thousands of dollars isn’t an easy task. Non-profits, universities, and businesses constantly apply for grants, meaning there is constantly a need for a grant writer and English majors are a perfect fit for the job.
  1. Public Relations (PR)—As with all writing, PR writing requires effective communication. PR is not just for marketing and business majors; it involves heavy rhetorical skills, as you must convey your product or company in an appealing way. You have to know your brand and market, but you also have to be aware of the writing style and the persuasive language. In some cases, you may need to present a person as appealing to an audience. For these instances, politicians and high status business officials often hire people to write their speeches and letters. This writing can be particularly tricky if you don’t necessarily agree with the views of the person. You have to put your personal opinions aside, because good PR writing means convincing your audience.

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  1. Teaching—If you’re more interested the academics of English, you should consider education and teaching students about classical works, and other various genres. Teaching is not limited to just literature, you can also teach topics concerning composition like rhetorical language uses, grammar, publishing, and journalism. You even have the option of teaching English to children in another country. The great thing about the education system is that you can work with any age. Whether you want to teach young children or college students, you have the option to educate beginner’s mind or an advanced mind, which can be a gratifying experience.

As an English major, writing and literature courses will help you develop various skills. Some may be of more interest to you than others, and in that case, see which is most suited for your chosen profession. Let that knowledge grow, and eventually you will become a master at your craft.

Papers and Publications Volume 4 Print Edition Now Available!

The electronic version of Papers and Publications Volume 4 was released earlier in the summer for free on UNG’s Digital Commons page. Now, the long-awaited print edition is available in the UNG library. Two copies can be found with other academic journals, and if you are interested in purchasing a copy, they will be print on demand available through Booklogix and the Press.

papers and pubsThe University of North Georgia Press would like to thank the editorial board including: Editor-in-Chief Miriam Segura-Totten, Creative Writing Editor Gloria Bennet, Sciences and Mathematics Editor Frank Corotto, Behavioral Science Editor Susann Doyle-Portillo, Humanities Editors Randall Parrish and Anastasia Lin, Arts Editor Craig Wilson, and Production Editor Bonnie “BJ” Robinson.

We would also like to acknowledge the cover art, titled Skywater, by UNG student Katherine Morris. The Press is excited to show some of the creative and detailed work these undergraduates students from all over the south east produced. Of the fifteen student authors, seven are either UNG students or recent alumni. If you would like to learn more about the writers in Papers and Pubs Volume 4, please check out the back of the book for their biographies.

Thank you to all of the other contributors and interns who helped select the titles, edit the works, and complete the layout. We hope that you enjoy reading this collaborative piece in our own library.

New Intern Spotlight: Elise Enciso

Hello and a fond welcome! My name is Elise Enciso, and I am a fifth year English Writing and Publication major here at UNG. Twenty-two years ago I was brought into this world, a shy, beanie baby crazed tyke with a boundless imagination and an unhindered desire to become a veterinarian. Nearly two decades later, my affection for plush friends is as strong as ever, yet my career plan has been drastically altered in all the best ways. Despite my noble intentions of fixing every broken animal, I came to realize that my childhood ambitions were a far cry from my true calling.

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Driven by the notion that a degree in Biology would secure my financial future, I entered college with the intention of specializing in medicine. While taking my one Biology course seemed like a test of endurance, I would relish the moments when I walked into my English courses, for it was in those environments where I felt most at home. It took practically two years of my undergraduate career to realize that writing and English related study was the direction in which I was destined to travel. After some careful deliberation and encouragement from my parents, I decided to bite the bullet and take a chance: abandon practicality and embrace passion. I quickly dropped Biology like a lead balloon and took up English without hesitation. Two and half years later, I have yet to experience any regrets.

Apart from pursuing my professional career as a writer, my additional interests include horseback riding, spending time with my friends and family (that includes our four rambunctious Boston Terriers), and growing my hair out in an attempt to become the next Lady Godiva. I have an incredibly curious soul that wishes to see the world in its entirety, and I hope that at some point in my future I will be able to satiate this wanderlust by travelling as much as life will allow.

I am eternally grateful for the internship position that the University Press has provided me. Given the opportunity, I hope to expand on my writing capabilities while also becoming familiar with marketing and publishing in a professional setting. I have no doubt that this internship will open valuable doors that will help guide my decisions when looking for a future career. I am thrilled to be working alongside such great people, and I cannot wait to be a part of the exciting projects the Press has to offer!

 

“What Pet Should I Get” by Dr. Seuss Becomes a Bestseller

IMG_1876This past summer has been full of great new book releases, but only a couple of iconic book releases made a huge impact in the literary world, such as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which stayed on the bestseller list for several weeks. Lee’s sequel soared as a bestseller due to the nostalgic excitement it evoked but now faces some steep competition with a children’s book. Having hit the shelves on July 28, 2015, two weeks after Go Set a Watchmen, the never-before-published picture book What Pet Should I Get by legendary icon Dr. Seuss has quickly become a major seller in the past month.

The book was written several years prior to Seuss’s death in 1991. While his wife and secretary were cleaning out his office, they discovered the partly unfinished manuscript in his desk. Initially, they decided to do nothing with them; however the pages resurfaced in 2013 and were prepared for publishing through Random House.

What Pet Should I Get tells of two children who can’t quite decide what pet to pick out in the store, as all of them are too precious to leave behind. It ends with a cliffhanger and rather abruptly, as the children walk off with an unknown animal. The book appears to be a “finished work,” but if you flip to the back of the picture book, the publishers explain that much of the book is missing.

The work is considerably shorter than most of his books, and it seems like he wanted to add more to the pages. Several sections of the book were found with edits, and it was unclear for some which were the most updated. Even the illustrations were unfinished. Most of the color scheme emulates the color scheme of his older book One Fish Two Fish Redfish Blue Fish, which contains very similar characters designs.

Despite this, I can see why publishers wanted to share it with the public. What Pet Should I Get gives fans a great insight into the mind and the writing process of Dr. Seuss. The author hasn’t produced a book in over 20 years since his passing, yet he remains one of the most influential authors in history. If someone were to find one of his works, finished or otherwise, people would surely want to read it, as with What Pet Should I Get. To further excite things, his wife and secretary also found one more manuscript that will be released in the near future. For now, pick up a copy of What Pet Should I Get, and bask in your childhood nostalgia.

New Intern Spotlight: Josiah Mihok

Let’s start out with an odd yet intriguing fact about me: I love flying! I know what you are thinking. No, I am not capable of flight. Rather aviation is a passion of mine. Since the age of six, my father would take my five siblings and me flying in his airplane. He has been a pilot since his early twenties, and his love of flight ignited mine at a young age. Years later at the age of thirteen, I began taking flight instruction courses in gliders (think airplanes without engines), and it was a phenomenal experience.

Right about now I would be willing to bet that you are probably wondering what in the HE-double-toothpicks any of this has to do with what I am doing here at the University of North Georgia Press. The answer to that question is… nothing.

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So, who am I, what am I, and what am I doing here? My name is Josiah Mihok. I am a fifth year senior at the University of North Georgia studying history and marketing and graduating in December of 2015. Three months ago, I never would have anticipated taking a federal work study position. But as fate would have it, a good friend of mine who was soon to be attending graduate school told me about the second job she had working for the UNG Relations Department as a federal work study student. She had my full attention as she explained the position’s main advantages and drawbacks. With the newfound knowledge, I set out to make an opportunity of this federal work study prospect.

After several glitches with the Career Services Department – including one situation where I had to convince a department manager that I was in fact (still) a student and not an alumni – my record was finally reset to “student” status. Immediately, I applied for FWS positions on the Dahlonega campus. It’s funny… In stressful situations, you always have those relatives and friends that say, “Don’t worry. If it’s mean to be, it will all work out.” As a doer, it can be hard for me to have faith in fate. And yet, amazingly and almost seamlessly, I heard back from the University of North Georgia Press. I was hired to do the tasks I love: marketing, brand recognition, and business-to-client establishment.

So you will be seeing a good bit of me around here over the next four months. It’s my last four months of college, and as crazy as that is to think about, I doubt that it will be thought about very much. Because, just like Steve Jobs said, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” So here’s to never working!

 

 

New Intern Spotlight: Scott Biddulph

ScottHello fellow readers, writers, and grammarians—I`m Scott Biddulph. I`m a new intern at the University of North Georgia Press. It`s a great honor to work here at the press, and I`m so thankful to the staff and to Dr. Robinson for giving me a shot at my dream. I`m a grammar nerd (who else reads Morenburg`s Doing Grammar before bed). I love to read and write non-fiction, but in terms of fiction, I like dystopian novels, Christian cross-over stuff like author Ted Dekker, and I like Cormac McCarthy because he dares to—not—use punctuation.

I hope to learn as much as possible about the publishing industry while I`m here at the press. I began writing as a youngster. Later, I followed my lifelong dream to become a writer. I returned to college and began the journey of earning my BA/English. I started my college career at an online school, but that wasn`t a good fit. I transferred to UNG in the fall of 2013.

Here at the press, my duties include editing and proofreading; marketing tasks such as blog posts, social media, writing copy; and I also do administrative assignments.

I`m a published poet and freelance writer. My first published poem, “Ageless”, can be found in Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research, vol.3. Other works include “Isolated”, a visual poem published in the 2014 award-winning issue of The Chestatee Review (UNG`s peer reviewed literary magazine), and I have a few short stories and articles published in various print and online magazines.

I`m also a self-published author. My first publication was an eBook entitled, Apples of Gold: a collection of inspirational short stories and poetry, 2010. In the summer of 2012, I self-published a trade paperback, Voices from the Heart, through Amazon`s creatspace.com. Both books were a learning experience, to say the least. If I never make it as a writer, I love editing and other tasks that I`m learning here at the UNGP. The press gives me a multitude of experiences that can only improve my skills in this field.

I`m currently writing poetry and a memoir, and I`m the Editor-in-Chief at Two Drops of Ink, a literary blog. My most prized accomplishment is that I`m a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. My wife and I enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where we live—especially our screened in porch where we love to bird watch.