Chloe joined the INCLUDAS team from May-August 2021 and was the Publicity and Marketing intern. We were so excited to have her with us!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m good at being flexible and adapting in situations to get what needs to get done. The most significant thing that’s influenced me as a person is my upbringing, my relationships growing up probably shaped me the most.
What makes you proud of yourself, and what are your aspirations?
Getting into Emerson College. When I was applying, it felt more like a reach school, so it’s nice looking back and seeing what I’ve gotten from my college career. I think I would definitely like to continue to work in the publishing industry, maybe through marketing or publicity. For INCLUDAS, I hope I can help in a positive way and make them more widely known and recognized.
Why are you interested in working in publishing?
I’ve always had a huge passion for books and storytelling, more so than any other career field. And I think it’s really important to promote books so that reading can gain more widespread popularity. Stories can give you a lot of insight into your own life and allow you to see yourself and your life in different characters and storylines.
Why is disability diversity in stories important to you?
Our world is so diverse, and there are so many people with disabilities, but it’s something that’s not really well represented in the media, which is an issue because it’s not reflective of the world that we live in. It’s especially important to me because I personally know a lot of people who have dealt with disabilities, and I have too—I have OCD, and grappled with it a lot as a child—so I think it’s critical to make sure that people feel like their voices are heard.
What’s the most fulfilling part about being on the INCLUDAS team?
The most fulfilling thing is just being able to advocate for disability accessibility, diversity, and inclusion, which is something that isn’t as well-represented as it should be, especially in the book world. Also, doing lots of research and working on promotional material has taught me a lot about the publicity side of the publishing industry. I love being part of something that changes lives and makes disabled individuals feel at home in a community where they might sometimes be excluded. It has been such a pleasure to be part of INCLUDAS.
Any advice for those wanting to work in the publishing industry?
I would say find your niche and go off of that because as long as you have a unique story to tell, it’ll be compelling. Hopefully, that will attract the attention of publishers.