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Production Assistant [JOB POSTING]

Job Title: Production Assistant, full time

Job Location: London, UK

The Quarto Group are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person to join their busy Children’s Production team. This is a great opportunity to work on a wide range of children’s books and learn about the production process.

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Publicity

Publicists: A few things your authors would like you to know

I have been working as a publicist for… well, let’s just say that it turned out to be a rather horrifying number of years when I added it up, but I recently gained a new insight into the author’s experience. I had edited a handful of poetry anthologies for which I handled the publicity myself, but in 2018 my latest – She is Fierce – was published by Macmillan’s Children’s Books. Thanks to their excellent publicity team, especially my publicist Amber Ivatt, it was a brilliant experience being on the other side of the campaign and underlined for me several points that were hugely valuable to me as an author. So, publicists, here are some things your authors would like you to know:

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Editing well

Is there a business case for editing well?

Last year’s Man Booker panel took a swipe at the editorial standards of some of the submissions they received. The industry response combined defensiveness with begrudging acknowledgement. But whether or not you’d agree with slipping standards, many editors, and not just those of literary fiction, will tell you how hard it is to find the time for a ‘good edit’, and perhaps harder still to justify one.

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Sensitivity reading: what you need to know, and why it matters

Sensitivity reading, and other practices such as using inclusive language, are becoming ever more important in publishing. If you’ve not heard of sensitivity reading (sometimes called diversity reading), here’s a quick crash course.

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So you want to work in Publishing? How to get the most out of your Internship

Almost everyone does more than one internship before they find a permanent job. In the six years I’ve been managing the Internship Programme at Profile Books the number of placements I see on prospective intern CVs has gone up. In 2012, it was one or two. The average now (before they even get interviewed for our internship) is four.  Most of these are for placements of less than one month – many of them only one or two weeks. You might not think something so short-term could provide any useful training. But even a one-week placement somewhere can be valuable if you go in with a plan.

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BookMachine launches brand spanking new event series: BookMachine Unplugged 2019

The popular event series is back, covering key industry topics – Production, Editorial, Tech, Marcomms, Audio and Design. This year there will be 6 Unplugged events, with 6 hosts, more than 18 confirmed speakers, 1 brand new venue and an awards ceremony.

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Editorial and Marketing Assistant [JOB POSTING]

Schofield & Sims is seeking an enthusiastic Editorial and Marketing Assistant to join their central London office, where you will be working on educational resources for both the school and trade markets.

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Riff Raff

Behind the scenes at The Riff Raff: why we built a community for debut authors

This is an interview with Amy Baker, founder of The Riff Raff. Amy is also author of Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America, and a freelance writer, writing travel and lifestyle content for a range of publications. Learn more about The Riff Raff, and follow them on Twitter.

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Audiobooks

Narrating audiobooks: an actor’s perspective

I’ve not been narrating audiobooks for that long really. I started when I left drama school in 2010, and have now read over 150 of them (some great, some not so great…!). It is a strange experience. You spend three or four days (sometimes longer), in what is essentially a padded cell, talking out loud to yourself in different voices. But if it’s a good book, I can’t think of many better ways to make a living. I love it. You get to meet and work with brilliant people, telling stories all week.

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