Top 5 skills you need to survive a career in domestic rights

Top 5 skills you need to survive a career in domestic rights

Jenna Brown is Rights Executive at Bloomsbury Publishing where she handles domestic rights. She’s also currently writing a young adult novel (all queries welcome!) 1) Organisation Failing to plan is planning to fail! In rights, there’s so much going on, if you’re not properly organised you’ll soon end up cowering under your desk, drinking a bottle […]

Top 5 skills an Editorial Assistant needs

Top 5 skills an Editorial Assistant needs

Zoe Sharples is Temporary General Editorial Assistant at Vintage Books, and a student on the UCL MA in Publishing. She has recently completed internships with The Publishers Association and Granta & Portobello Books. She is an Editorial Committee member of the Society of Young Publishers.  1) Communication Forget about those hard skills like Biblio, Adobe […]

Marketing tips for improving the bottom line (in the wake of the EU referendum)

Marketing tips for improving the bottom line (in the wake of the EU referendum)

I don’t know about you, but I found the article in The Independent about job vacancy adverts falling by 700,000 the week after the referendum result absolutely terrifying, though not entirely unexpected. As companies spend the coming months evaluating the long-term implications of the UK leaving the EU, there will undoubtedly be increasing pressure on […]

The world of words: 5 copyediting tips

The world of words: 5 copyediting tips

Laura Kemmerer is an Editorial Consultant with a passion for publishing. Under her business, Laura Cat Copyediting, Laura works with companies such as Limitless Publishing and Mobile Electronics Magazine. Here are a few of her tips for effective copyediting. 1) Brush up on the basics often After being at the computer for over ten hours, […]

How to work with publishers: 8 tips for freelancers

How to work with publishers: 8 tips for freelancers

Following on from our tips for publishers working with freelancers, freelancers need to be able to see things from the publisher’s point of view too. Yes, freelancers struggle sometimes, but there are ways to counteract lack of communication. Help publishers to help you where they can. 1) Remember to communicate effectively with your publisher and […]

Social Media: Why lots of followers doesn’t necessarily mean success (and what you should look at instead)

Social Media: Why lots of followers doesn’t necessarily mean success (and what you should look at instead)

I’ve worked with a range of brands and businesses on their social media presence. Twitter accounts I maintain usually gain around 1000 followers a month. While these followers are targeted and engaged with on the basis of them being potential customers, not all of them are as much as a fan as you’d hope. Followers […]

How to work with freelancers: 8 tips for publishers

How to work with freelancers: 8 tips for publishers

Whether you are working as a freelance or in-house, the publishing world relies on great communication, specialist skills and not a small amount of stress. If you are already in the industry, you know just how hectic life can become as publication day rolls near. Having great connections is part of the game, and failure […]

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

This is a guest post from Emily Gibson and Nic Gibson. They are both directors of Corbas Consulting Ltd and each have over 20 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production. The other day we were contacted by a client who was really excited about the new digital publishing process they were putting into […]

4 steps for building an author brand

4 steps for building an author brand

This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals. Branding is often an oversight for many authors. With so much else to focus on, creating a […]

Learning from Snapshots III: 8 project management tips for beginners 

Learning from Snapshots III: 8 project management tips for beginners 

As part of our MA in Publishing course at Kingston University, we collaborate with various companies to produce a book in a rather short timeframe. I was thrilled to be on the team that worked with BookMachine on Snapshots III and the experience I gained from being our project manager was invaluable. We are excited to […]