This is a guest post from Emily and Nic Gibson. They are both directors of Corbas Consulting Ltd and each have over 15 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production.
Knowledge is everything they say. To help you get ahead, here are the five things they know about XML that you don’t.
1. You are using XML every day
This is a guest post from Alice Murphy-Pyle. Alice is Marketing Manager at Transworld Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Follow her on Twitter @alicemurphypyle
“Learn digital skills!’ people bellow when you try to get into publishing. ‘It’s the future!’
Well. It is and it isn’t.
When I started in publishing I did bring some digital skills with me – not exactly shaking the industry foundations, but enough to get by. I quickly learnt, however, that marketing is about much more.
Getting a first job in publishing is extremely competitive, which means that employers are often able to offer internships as completely unpaid positions. Taking an unpaid internship can cost an individual £926 a month in London or £804 in Manchester, and as a result internships can be unfair as only the wealthy can afford to take them.
A new scheme launched by David Hicks, CEO of the Book Trade Charity (BTBS) at the Publishing Scotland Conference last month will cover those in “low paid” internships who need extra support to afford these opportunities offered within the Book Trade, with travel, accommodation and living costs. The grant will be paid for a maximum of six months, and there are certain entry requirements which need to be met.
David Hicks said: “This particular programme recognises that it is difficult for young people to get a foot on the ladder in today’s rapidly-changing industry and we will be delighted if our assistance can help overcome some basis obstacles.”
If you are applying for internships within the UK Book Trade, and are under 30 then this scheme is for you. Click here to find and more and register.
Tom Bonnick is Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow, and winner of the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year award at last week’s awards. We wanted to find out more.
1) Nosy Crow are winning all the awards at the moment – what a great time for your team to be rewarded for all your efforts. What do you think the key to all the success is?
A number of things! It’s an incredible company, filled with people who are immensely creative, intelligent and passionate about what they do. I think our small size and independence help: being small means that we’re able to act and make decisions quickly, and being independent not only allows us to experiment with new ideas, but also means that we have to absolutely believe in every book and app that we publish (our founder and managing director is fond of saying that it’s money she could otherwise be spending on cheese and wine). Most importantly, we work with absolutely amazing authors and illustrators to make incredible books.
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
(for further discussion on how CSR adds value to your business, you might like to attend the OPG Summer Conference in Oxford)
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an increasingly important part of corporate identities during the last decade. Environmental and social concerns have become core, not just to forerunners such as The Body Shop and Timberland, but even huge corporations such as Starbucks, Unilever, and Walt Disney. The question remains, however: will a commitment to CSR add value to your business as a Publisher?
In its simplest form, CSR focuses on a triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial responsibility. In an increasing number of countries there are laws stating that, to a greater or lesser degree, each business should be responsible for its actions. Many businesses are choosing to go beyond simple compliance, though, and are creating CSR guidelines and commitments of their own.