It’s The Publisher Association’s #WorkInPublishing week. To join in on the action, we’ve collected together some of our best posts on Publishing skills, courses, freelancing and tips on how to get into the industry.
Sherna Khambatta founded Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency in 2007 after gaining a Msc. in Publishing. At the time, the publishing system in India didn’t have many agents so she saw this as an opportunity to bring in a certain amount of structure into the industry and help authors get their work sold. Here Stephanie Cox interviews her.
Sarah O’Halloran is a brand new literary agent working at the Madeleine Milburn Agency. She began her career at The Agency (London) Ltd, before working at Curtis Brown and The Marsh Agency. Most recently she was a literary scout at Louise Allen-Jones Associates where she worked across all markets with a particular focus on children’s and YA.
It’s tricky finding your feet when you start out as a book blogger. First you need to decide on several factors, most importantly, the ‘Who?’ and the ‘Why?’
Who are you creating this content for? Why do you want to write? Is it a personal hobby, say an online journal, where you can extol your love of books and maybe pass that onto readers? Or are you one day hoping to work in publishing and see blogging as a way of reaching out to the industry and making contacts?
You may know that the modern EPUB3 standard has an inbuilt ability to hold audio and video, but one of the most intriguing aspects of EPUB3 that you may have overlooked is ‘Read-aloud’. This technique, sometimes called ‘media overlays’, combines a spoken audio track with accurate timing information usually used to highlight words on the page in time with the spoken audio.
In the past year the industry has seen a new craze for adult colouring-in books flourish around the world, crossing markets and continents, as stressed-out grown-ups turn to colouring books for peace of mind.
This is a guest post by Mollie Broad. Mollie is a PR Assistant at SAGE Publications, a leading independent publisher of journals, books and digital media.
The publishing industry encompasses hundreds of different roles within countless disciplines and subjects. Across the industry, PR works to draw attention to the respective publishing programme. However, when generating publicity for books, it is in the approach where the differences between academic and trade publishing lie.
Let’s get in the festive spirit and spread our love of books and reading. This is a guest blog from Christopher Norris. Chris is editor and development executive for the Insight Film Festival. He also freelances at CopyGhosting Editorial Services. On 16 November 2015 he launched Jolabokaflod, a generic book campaign that invites everyone to get involved. You can follow Chris on Twitter (@chris24n, @InsightFF and @Jolabokaflod).
Nathan Connolly is the Publishing Director of Dead Ink Books. Dead Ink was founded in 2010, set up with funding from Arts Council England as a digital-only press. At a time when ebooks were really just starting to blow up, Dead Ink were experimenting with what a book could be. Dead Ink’s focus is now based on two strands: the first is to develop the careers of new literary authors and the second is to do that through experimentation with digital technology in publishing. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him.
Gone are the days when publishers can rest on their laurels. With disruptive players creating a new environment of competitiveness within the sector, there has never been a greater need for vigilance regarding new developments, both with an eye on potential threats and to exploit competitive advantages.