“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

I’ve got something goin’ on which I’m pretty excited about this year. I’m going to take a course on the Norwegian book industry, including book selling and publishing and everything in between. I’ll do classes in marketing, economy, law, leadership, literature and more. It may sound a little dull and dreary, but I’m incredibly pleased with myself for doing it because it’s just one more stepping stone towards my dreams coming true! I’m really looking forward to getting started, and to see what the course can do for my understanding of the Norwegian book landscape.

I’m doing the course with a view to go into Norwegian publishing, either getting a job at one of the houses, in order to gain some first hand experience, or else setting up my own publishing company, which is a longstanding dream of mine. The kind of publishing I want to do is translation of contemporary, literary UK titles into Norwegian, as I really want to bring more international books to my home country. I already have some experience from the London publishing industry, but it might still be good to work for an established company for a while before setting up my own. I’m not yet sure what will happen over the next few years, but time will tell.

The course is set up so that the students will be able to work at the same time as they study, so it is part time, with all the classes condensed into short but intense periods. So the autumn term’s classes will all take place within the space of one month, from September till October. I have a feeling it will be an intense few weeks. It’s in Oslo, so I’ll be in the capital for a month, which I’m very much looking forward to. I have a lot of family in Oslo, but I’ve never really spent much time there, so it’ll be nice to explore a new city.

The literature subject has already started, and it runs throughout the year as a letter correspondance course, so I’m currently reading up on Norse and Middle Age literature. I’ll go through the whole history of Norwegian literature, and also write letters on Children’s and World literature. For now I’m just buckling down with the assignments, but I’ve also started thinking and making plans for the future, so I’m excited to see where this course will take me.

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