About Me

“Aspiring publishing professional by day and blogger by night.”

Welcome to my blog! Having left my entire book collection behind to study publishing in Scotland, I now live in Edinburgh with my cat, Fury.

The story of my life

As you might have grasped from that opener: I currently live in Edinburgh to achieve my lifelong dream by pursuing a career in the publishing industry. How I got there is a different matter entirely.

Once upon a time there lived a girl in the Netherlands who loved to read. That girl was me. I bet there are many publishing professionals who’s story started out similarly. Growing up, it never really occurred to me that I could turn that hobby into work. I come from a family of business owners. In the town I grew up in my family is known as the mattress mafia, because most of my family is involved in the business of producing and selling matrasses, pillows, boxsprings, and whatnot (I tell you, I never slept on a bad bed a day in my life).  I have always had the greatest admiration for their ability to turn concepts into something tangible, something to promote and (hopefully) sell. That is what I aspired to be, only the family business just didn’t feel right to me.

I still aspire to gain these qualities that turned them into great businessmen (and women!), only I want to apply these qualities in the book trade. The goal was set. During high school, I created this blog and a few years later I applied to university and became a BA student English Language & Culture at Leiden University (with a side-dish of marketing classes). I became increasingly interested in the promotional side of publishing and thus extended my undergrad with one year to research the effects of social media on the sales of YA books while gaining some much-needed experience in the Dutch publishing industry.

During my work placements, I started looking into possible postgrad degrees that would fit my goals and immediately was drawn to the MSc Publishing programme at Edinburgh Napier University. I applied and the rest is history.

Why Eat Train Read?

Sometime in March 2013, I decided to start a personal blog. At the time it seemed like a good way to develop my own voice in writing and so my blog was born. Looking back, you would not recognize the blog as it is now. Never could I have imagined all the hours of hard work and effort would go into this blog, but it proved to be one of the best decisions I ever made and somewhere along the way I fell in love with blogging. I have had so many great opportunities and met so many amazing people through blogging, and I know for a fact that I would not be where I am now if it wasn’t for my that tiny decision I made back in back in March 2013.

I started out under the name IRISJEXX, and the sole focus was on books. After three years of book blogging, I decided it was time for a change and put more personality into my blog. There is much more to me than my (obvious) love for books and I wanted my blog to represent that. I am a very active person, a cat lady in the making, have a passion for photography, and I crave that feeling you get after a good run. It bothered me that I wasn’t sharing that side of me with my readers. I took a leap of faith, completely revamped my blog, and EAT TRAIN READ as you know it was born.

My goals

Through the content on Eat Train Read I want to give you a glimpse into my life and I hope what you see will inspire you. Let this blog motivate you to read a great book, pursue your dreams, get a cat (don’t forget to name him after a fictional character), pursue a healthier lifestyle, or just make you smile. I know how scary it can be to start something new, and by sharing my story with you, I hope you will want to share yours in return!