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On being a VP and Senior Literary Agent and blogger: Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent at the P.S Literary Agency. Since joining the agency in 2010 and becoming a VP in 2014 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad with acclaimed women’s fiction author Taylor Jenkins Reid being published in 14 languages around the world. Her blog has thrice been awarded the Writer’s Digest distinction of ‘101 Best Blogs for Writers.’ You can follow her @carlywatters – this is an interview led by Norah Myers.

1. Please take us through a day in the life of your work as an agent.

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Publishing: the next 5 years [OPINION]

In the run up to Publishing: the next 5 years, BookMachine will be featuring a number of opinions about what might be next for the industry. This is a guest blog from Ami Greko. Ami recently relocated from working for Goodreads in New York to working for Penguin Random House in London. Outside of the office she founded Book Camp NYC, an unconference for publishing types, and co-created a soup zine (called Stock Tips) that was well over-funded on Kickstarter. 

In the next five years, I think we’ll see a wildly successful book-ish tech startup. I don’t mean a startup oriented around books. I mean a publishing startup created by and for those of us with towering stacks of books taking over every flat surface of the home.

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Publishing Scotland launches a £25k Translation Fund

Publishing Scotland is launching a new Translation Fund, on behalf of Creative Scotland. Designed to encourage international publishers to translate works by Scottish writers, the fund will be launched this evening at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.

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Transferable Skills in Creative Industries – A photo/twitter blog

Top professionals today are able to apply their skills to a range of industries, helping them to become the best in their chosen field. In an environment where adapting to new markets and industries is the new normal, how do you go about transitioning into a new role? What are the best ways to gain new expertise? Does the publishing industry have a skills gap to fill?

Speakers Stephanie Hall (Resourcing Manager at Harper Collins), Jon Ingold (Co-founder of inkle) and Louise Rice (Touchpress) addressed these questions and more in a lively talk in this sell-out event.

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Transferable skills

16 Transferable skills to think about , the careers consultancy for the book industry, has helped numerous people move into publishing from other industries and transfer from sector to sector within publishing. Bookcareers is 16 years old this month (you can watch their birthday video here Its founder Suzanne Collier celebrates by identifying 16 transferrable skills for BookMachine readers, ahead of tomorrow’s event.

If you are looking to make a shift in your career, the key is to focus on your transferable skills. These are skills that are key to any industry, and not unique to book publishing. Here is a quick run through of a few:

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From book blogger to independent publisher

This is a guest blog by Thom Cuell. Thom is the Managing Director of Dodo Ink, an independent publisher specialising in difficult and daring fiction. His writing has appeared in 3am Magazine, The Weeklings and The Literateur, and he has an MA in English and American Literature from The University of Manchester.

From the outside, the publishing world can seem like a scary place. The image of the stuffy Old Boys’ club might be a little outdated, but breaking in is still tough. Moving to London, or taking an unpaid internship, isn’t for everyone. But are there alternative routes into publishing? I’d like to tell you a bit about how I went from amateur book blogger to Managing Director of an independent press.

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Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency: Karen Brodie interview

Karen Brodie is Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency and was recently picked as a BookSeller Rising Star. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Karen about her career so far, and some of the work she is responsible for at The Reading Agency.

1. Please introduce yourself and give an overview of your career so far.

I’m Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency. I started in publishing in Edinburgh and then worked at HarperCollins and Penguin in the rights departments. I expanded my international experience at the British Council, working on literature projects overseas to strengthen cultural relations for the UK, including the first literature festival in Kurdish Iraq, a language-learning radio programme where I interviewed authors for broadcast across Africa and an Arabic-English translation conference. I moved to Istanbul to manage the Turkish partnerships and programme for Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair and stayed a second year in Turkey as Head of Arts extending my arts experience to work on film, fashion, visual arts, music and digital projects. I returned to London with the Iran team to develop the British Council’s UK-Iran programme. Nine months ago I took the job at The Reading Agency. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had such interesting experiences and have met lots of inspiring people.

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Short Story, Tall Order: On adapting short fiction for digital audiences

This is a guest post from Jasmin Kirkbride. Jasmin is a regular blogger for BookMachine and Editorial Assistant at Periscope Books (part of Garnet Publishing). She is also a published author and you can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride

There’s no way around it: short fiction is having a moment. With events like the London Short Story Festival growing an extraordinary amount each year, the publishing industry’s liminal little brother is taking its fair share of the limelight. And it’s got a few things to teach us into the bargain.

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On working at Nosy Crow and organising events: Tom Bonnick interview

We last interviewed Tom Bonnick, Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow, after his big win at the IPG awards earlier this year. We clearly can’t get enough of him! Here Stephanie Cox interviews Tom about his role at Nosy Crow and his recent nomination as a Bookseller Rising Star.

1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and give an overview of your career so far.

I’m the business development manager at Nosy Crow, where I’ve worked for the past four years. It’s quite a wide-ranging role: I work on all of our digital and audio publishing, web development, digital marketing and social media, event planning, and other kinds of new business.

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New to publishing – a journey

This is a guest post from Amber Bullingham. Amber is 26 and has been working in the publishing industry as a desk editor for nine months. She originally studied biology and has a keen interest in science communication. You can follow Amber on Twitter @sciencythings13

A career in publishing was never on my radar, and my route into it has been a little unorthodox and taken a few years, but now I am here I cannot imagine doing anything else!

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