By McKeely Tjaden
Becoming jane is a movie based on the life of Jane Austen. Becoming Jane is a Romantic Drama film that was released on August 3, 2007. The film takes place in the late 1700s- early 1800s. It is not common for women to wed for love. They don’t get a choice in who to marry. Becoming Jane is available on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and DVD.
Jane Austen is played by Anne Hathaway, as a young English writer. Janes parents have nothing to give her financially. Jane needs to wed to make it in life. Her parents find a wealthy and fitting man for her. Jane is worried if she were to marry him, she would lose her creativity in her writing. Jane writes about her life experiences and her love story. When she feels something for someone, she feels the need to write it down and tell people about it. Jane wouldn’t have anything write about if she didn’t love the man she marries. Jane doesn’t want to marry for money, she wants to marry the man she falls in love with. Her parents want what’s best for her. Jane’s mother married for love and they don’t have a lot, and the last thing she wants for her daughter is to end up like her.
Tom Lefroy is a bright young man. He is a lawyer, but he doesn’t like to follow the rules. His uncle sends him away from the city out to the country to straighten up. He believes this works until his uncle finds out the truth about Jane’s marriage offer. Tom Lefroy is played by James McAvoy. Tom has no money or property.
Becoming Jane was a very interesting movie, there were things that I loved about this movie. I really enjoyed the rebelliousness that Jane had towards her family. She knew what she wanted in life and she was not going to let anyone tell her what to do. I think other people would enjoy this film because it’s not just about Jane’s tough times in her writing, but it also shows us the struggle of her love life. I think Highschool kids will really enjoy this film. In the world now teens are always looking for love. This movie is a perfect example of not letting your parents tell you who to marry and marrying the person you love.
Here are some links for writers who want to continue to submit their work. These are a mix of multiple sources varying from Midwest, Youth, and International focuses. The bullet points are literary magazines Hot Dish Editors have found and give our full support to.
New Pages Youth Guide (https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/young-authors-guide)
Entropy (https://entropymag.org/category/where-to-submit/) (https://entropymag.org/where-to-submit-december-january-and-february-2018-19/) (https://entropymag.org/small-press-database/)
Poets & Writers (https://www.pw.org/literary_magazines)
All links should lead to thier respectful websites.
Over the month of January former Buena Vista University student Haylie Book joined Hot Dish over a skype call to talk about her experience in the publishing world. Here are some of her comments about the oppotunity.
Why did you decide to pursue an internship? What were you hoping to get out of it?
I knew I had money saved up from my Dean’s Fellows, and I wanted to use it to get some kind of cool experience, whether it be traveling abroad, a J-term class, or some internship experience. I started talking to Dr. Gwen Hart about internship opportunities, and I really liked the idea of getting involved with a publishing company. It sounded really cool because I love books and reading, so I wanted to learn more about the other side of it.
How many internships did you apply to originally? Why did you apply to those places specifically? What was your strategy in presenting yourself in internship applications?
I applied to many internships, probably around 10 or so. I had a longer list, but then decided I wanted to be in the Minneapolis area, so I shortened it to fit that. I chose that area because there are so many publishing companies around. When applying, I tried to show each place that I was interested in their publishing company, specifically. I had a template for my cover letter and other submission materials, but I would diversify it for each company I applied for, in order to direct it specifically to their company. This meant including their values, specific pieces of work they’ve published, etc. Just trying to show each one that I had really done my research on their company.
When and where did your internship take place? (Company, city, dates, etc.)
The Creative Company is located in Mankato, Minnesota. I started in the first week of September, all the way through the third week of December. I would be in-house once a week and work from home the rest of the week.
What kind of work did you do at your internship?
There were many types of work that I was doing. It began with simple editing and proofreading of shorter works. I then would work on fact-checking those works, to ensure every “fact” in the manuscript was correct. I then would move to longer manuscripts. I also looked over their marketing materials for errors and continuity. I would enter data for potential customers to look over, such as ISBN numbers, authors, age ranges, grade ranges, etc. Towards the end, they began letting me be the first eye on a fresh new manuscript, meaning I was the first person to read through and edit/proofread/fact-check it, which was pretty cool. Another fun task they gave me was to go back through older manuscripts, and re-fact check them (in case any facts had changed) and then remove up to 40% of the material and enter in new information or stories. This allowed them to republish the materials to fit the times a bit more.
What was your favorite experience at your internship? Least favorite?
My favorite experience was being the first eye on a manuscript. It could be a bit intimidating, but it would be pretty cool to be the first one to look at this manuscript. At that point, there are so many changes that can be made. I like being the person to suggest those changes, especially when you would see those changes made in future drafts. My least favorite was the editing of shorter manuscripts. Many of them were kindergarten level, so barely any words on a page. You could do it in a total of two minutes; it just didn’t always seem as important as the other work I was doing.
Overall, what do you think was the benefit of performing this internship? What do you think you got out of it?
I learned so much about working in a professional environment. Having to communicate with my supervisor, the other editors, the designers, etc. was pretty eye-opening into the world of the publishing industry. There is constantly so much happening, and dates that need to be met. They’re a smaller company, so I was really able to learn all of the inner-workings of the publishing industry and learn how vital communication between all parties is. I would say my communication skills definitely improved, especially since I was only in-house once a week. I had to communicate over technology often, which was something I maybe wasn’t so sure of before this internship. I also just learned so much about the publishing industry, including the ways that they market materials, their processes for editing/proofreading, and even how they distribute their books. Overall, it was a pretty neat introduction to the publishing world, but also gave me many benefits into the world of being an adult and working with a company.
Is there any advice you would give to other students (college or high school) about either the value of an internship or how to get one?
I think an internship can be so helpful, first of all to show you if you truly enjoy the work in that specific industry. It can also be nice to learn about working in a professional environment and helping you gather/strengthen the skills you’ve been learning in the classroom. I think every student should complete at least one internship during their time at BV, especially considering how willing BV is to help and accommodate students before and during their experience. It can be so eye-opening to actually be put into the work you’ve been studying and practicing for, and you’ll learn pretty quick if it’s what you really want to be doing or not. As far as getting an internship, I think it’s important to really research the places you are applying to and diversify your materials to show that company that you actually know them and what to work for them. It sets you apart from people who don’t diversify their work, and I think companies can definitely tell when you send in the same cover letter/other materials to many different companies. Show that company that you are interested in them specifically and tell them why you are interested in them.