Recently I attended a four day course in London all about the publishing industry and the best ways to get into it. It was so enlightening and informative and most definitely a worthwhile opportunity to find out more about an industry I love! We were lucky enough to hear talks from people working in marketing, production, finance, publicity, editorial, agencies, audio, sales, rights and recruitment as well as being invited to a special networking event. It’s so wonderful that this event is industry supported with the speakers coming from companies such as (but not limited to) Scholastic, Cambridge University Press, Harper Collins, Hachette and Penguin Random House. A huge thank you to those that organised this event, it’s something that I haven’t seen elsewhere! You can find the course on twitter and they run more than just this one course so be sure to check them out! ☁️
Is this something that you’d think you’d be interested in? If you have any questions, please send me a message!
More information about the four-day schedule:
Dates: Tuesday 28th August – Friday 31st August 2018
Location: UCL Bloomsbury Campus, London
Breaks: Lunch (12:30-1:00pm), Tea breaks (11:00-11:30am and 2:30-3:00pm)
Food: Lunch is not provided but tea, coffee and biscuits are provided in the tea breaks
Tuesday 28th: Registration, Introduction to the Industry (Heather O’Connell, Bluebird), Reading Matters (Alison David, Egmont), Audio (Ellie Wheeldon, Hachette) and an Overview of Publishing (Jaclyn Swope, Nielsen)
Wednesday 29th: Editorial (Sam Smith, Scholastic), Recruitment (Suzy Astbury, Inspired Selection), Rights (Eleanor Goymer, Harper Collins) and Agents (Bryony Woods, DKWL)
Thursday 30th: Marketing (Alice Murphy-Pyle, Penguin Random House), Design (Lucie Stericker, Hachette), Finance (Alan Hurcombe, Hachette), Editorial (Tim Mason, Cambridge University Press) + a networking event/drinks reception
Friday 31st: Publicity (Rachel Alexander, Faber and Faber), Sales (Katherine Smales) and Production (Heather O’Connell, Bluebird)
Overall I thought that this course was a really eye-opening experience that I was able to learn a lot about the publishing industry from. It was also particularly helpful in understanding why the publishing applications that I had been sending had been unsuccessful. The speakers were all happy to answer any questions and to give advice on what each department looks for in new applicants! If you’re someone who is looking for some industry-specific advice on being a successful applicant, then this course would be a good place to start.
Is this course something that you’d consider doing? I’d love to know your thoughts on it! You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to discuss this (or anything else that I’ve featured) in more detail!