The publishing industry includes careers based in a variety of areas including books, magazines, corporate and trade publications and within online media. Companies can vary from multinational corporations to small niche publishing houses. Digital media is a growth area for the industry.
- Editorial – find authors and bring in books
- Production – copy editing etc .
- Marketing & PR
- Sales & Distribution – getting the book out to book fairs and book sellers
- Digital – handling the website, apps etc.
- Operations – stock control.
- Rights – translation, TV and tie ins
- Legal contracts
- Literary agent
- An inside look at the role of production from Penguin Random House
- An interview with senior commissioning editor Niall at Emerald Publishing
- This video from LDN Apprenticeships about the first publishing assistant apprenticeship
- Publisher at BHP Comics, Sha Nazir, on making his own graphic novels and starting a publishing business in Scotland
An introduction to the Creative Industries featuring Jade Anouka narrating an audiobook and designer Elisabetta Barbazza of Nosy Crow
This video from the Manchester Get a Job in Books conference
- HarperCollin’s visits to a Year 11 group at Sacred Heart School in Camberwell and The Charter School in East Dulwich
- Why do you love publishing? Responses from:
- Parveen Bhambra, marketing assistant for higher education at McGraw Hill EMEA
- The Publishers Association policy and public affairs manager Maeve
- Bonnie Books publishing and sales coordinator Tsehay Lambert and senior designer Jason Shortland
- Becca Parkinson and Zoe Turner of Comma Press
- Digital delivery lead Ben Brown from IOP Publishing
- SpringerNature senior product manager and founder of SN Women Evelyn Ramforth
- Managing editor, Publishing Director and designer Bethany of children’s publishers Imagine That
- Advice from editorial assistant Josephine of Buster Books on using work experience to your advantage
- This infographic from Austin Macauley
- Cambridge University Press’s Q&A on Instagram
The Publishers Association interview with assistant for Hashtag Press Elle McNicoll who is a neurodivergent person on her career so far
Hachette Children’s Book Group’s Editorial Director on why she works in publishing
Austin Macauley’s interesting fact about publishing
IOP Publishing marketing executive Hana shares why she works in publishing
Manchester-based Comma Press on what a publicist does day to day
This behind-the-scenes shot of Michael Morpurgo from a digital marketing manager at Egmont
Chair of the Society of Indexers Nicola King on why she works in publishing
- An interview with Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonnier Books, on how she got started in publishing and her advice for the next generation
- English and Business students of Long Road Sixth Form College visit Cambridge University Press
- All about production from Penguin Random House
- Kogan Page’s Q&A with trade sales manager Cameron, business development manager Paul and sales admin assistant Angelica
- Quotes from a range of staff at IOP Publishing on why they work in publishing
- Avon Books audio editor’s thread on practical tips for job seekers
- Penguin Connect events manager Ain in conversation with DK metadata and digital supply chain coordinator Flavia
- A Fangirl’s Opinion on work experience at Penguin Random House
The Publishers Association interview with Bloomsbury Publishing’s production assistant apprentice, Eleanor Rose
This BookMachine interview with Jenni Lewis who commissions audio dramas for the BBC Audio list
Common publishing misconceptions by Austin Macauley
Kogan Page’s Q&A with publishing assistant Anne-Marie
Associate Director of Riot Communications
University of Warwick – BA in English and French
Caitlin joined culture and entertainment specialist Riot Communications in 2015 after earning her stripes at full-service PR agencies Citypress and Golley Slater, where her clients included Hilton Hotels, Coca-Cola Great Britain and the Welsh Government. At Riot, she works with all major UK publishing houses plus literary prizes, literary estates, TV production companies, cultural institutions and entertainment brands. Recent campaigns that she has led on include publicity for Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari’s new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and the upcoming new TV animation based on Tove Jansson’s Moomin stories starring Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton and Kate Winslet. Her current clients include the Royal Institution, the London Review of Books and artificial intelligence company, DeepMind. Caitlin is a former winner of the CIPR Cymru’s Outstanding Young Communicator Award and was named on PRWeek’s ’30 under 30’ list in 2018.
www.riotcommunications.com / @RiotComms
- Get as much experience as possible.
- Passion is important.
- Your first job doesn’t have to be the dream job – it just needs to be a foot in the door.
- Put yourself forward for awards – if you can’t promote yourself you won’t be able to promote a book.
- Think about what’s important to you e.g. agency or in house, a large agency vs a small agency. Agencies can say “no” to work whereas in house you have to promote what’s being produced.
Dr David Barker
Senior Lecture MA in Publishing Derby University
David started his career in a smaller publishing house before moving to Bloomsbury, and emphasises the importance of just getting your foot in the door. He explains that there are two main areas of publishing – Trade Publishing (what we see in book shops) and Academic Publishing (where a lot of money can be made).
- Office experience is very useful
- Be aware of freelance options eg copy editor, proof reading, type setting, indexing and design can all be done at home
- Keep in mind that a lot of publishers are in London but there are some elsewhere across the UK. The Northern Fiction Alliance is based in Manchester and Leeds, and some big publishing houses are discussing opening in Birmingham.
Jo de Vries
- The role is to know the reader and know the author and to connect the two
- Some publishers are recruiting young bloggers who understand the younger market
- E-learning is very big in academic publishing so those with technical skills can flourish here
- In terms of getting work experience, Jo suggests the Society for Young Publishers and @pubinterns