Our friends at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) have launched a mentoring scheme aimed at SfEP members and associates who have the appropriate basic training (two specified courses). The SfEP pays half the cost of mentoring, and each mentee is allocated their own mentor, an advanced member with many years’ experience. Mentors use a selection of real jobs on which they provide individual feedback and guidance.
Some mentees will have no experience at all and others may already be getting work. Mentoring is meant to bridge the gap between basic training and regular work, though it is also suitable for people returning after a break or those who feel their knowledge is patchy.
If you are new to proofreading or editing there are now even more reasons to join the SfEP and take advantage of the training and mentoring on offer.
Full details can be found here
Oxford Brookes University in association with Creative Skillset are holding a Publishing Fusion Workshop – an innovative course for Publishers from all sectors (with one to three years’ experience) who want to adopt best practice from other media industries and improve their creative, digital and business skills.
The Workshop is set to be an exciting few days of learning and discussion on subjects such as:
- creating ideas
- why business models matter
- building digital brands
- creativity in publishing
There will also be sessions on international markets and collaboration, creative leadership, and games development.
At just £300 for all four days teaching, two nights’ accommodation, and meals, the Workshop – subsidised by Creative Skillset - is filling up fast. Click on this link for more information and to reserve your place!
Further details and how to book your place.
We’re making a few changes to the bookcareers.com website and one of the major changes is that we’d like your contributions. So if you’ve been on a training course, undertaken work experience or had the ‘interview from hell’ with a publisher, we’d like to hear your stories (and we will guarantee anonymity if requested). We’d also like to know about any other publishing career resources you use, whether it is a blog or job site, and we’ll add any that are relevant to our list of resources.
Our first contribution is from Aneeka Naik, a student who recently undertook work experience with Hodder Headline. Read how she got on…
Publisher/Imprint: Headline Publishing, part of Hachette UK.
Department(s): Publicity and Marketing
The placement overall was very structured and didn’t involve admin tasks such as photocopying and filing as much as I expected. I was placed in the Publicity and Marketing departments; my job role included carrying out social media research in order to help the publicity department improve their use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Other jobs included creating Pinterest Boards, mailing books out for review, creating show-cards for events, and checking newspapers and magazines for reviews of recently published books.
The greatest benefit of the two weeks was being able to learn how to use Adobe Indesign to create two press releases. While the functions I learnt were rather basic it is definitely a starting point in helping me stand out in my CV. I was also able to work with programs such as Gorkana Media Database and Biblio3. Everyone was really friendly and were happy to answer any questions or clarify tasks if I didn’t understand.
Aneeka found this work experience opportunity online at http://www.hachette.co.uk/Articles/Careers+Pages/Work+Experience+and+Internships.page
Aneeka is currently in her final year at Brunel University and is looking for a job which starts in September 2014. If you are interested in employing Aneeka please contact us.
We’ve received details of the Society of Young Publishers 2013 Conference, which is going to be held in Oxford on 23rd November 2013.
This year’s conference is entitled ‘Life in Publishing: it’s more than just books (and Tumblr!)’ and will focus on life in publishing and how to climb up that publishing ladder and what your next steps might be in your career path. The conference will focus on five different areas of publishing:
- Publishing 101: How to get in
Topics will include the various roles in the industry; internships; and tips on getting into publishingSuitable for: Masters students; anyone wanting to be a part of the industry.
- I work in Publishing, now what: Finding your path
Topics will be anchored around the idea of getting more out of what is already available. Growing a career, taking on bigger responsibilities such as speaking at conferences and travelling abroad.Suitable for: Recently-graduated Masters students; first/second/third-year professionals
- Publishing is all about change: Identifying the new normal
Topics will examine the on-going shift from print to digital; increased social media marketing (and not being afraid to experiment; managing social media failures (i.e. Tom Tivan and the Cockhat email!); advances in technology; managing relationships/working with vendors; outsourcing.Suitable for: First/second/third-year professionals; SYP members-at-large; and individuals looking to making the transition into publishing from another industry.
- Career Advice: How to get ahead
Topics include a CV clinic and careers adviceSuitable for: Third-year undergraduates; Masters students; Individuals wanting to re-train in publishing and/or looking to make the switch.
- Publishing and Bookselling: Balancing the relationship
Topics will range from indie publishing; regional publishing (what’s happening outside of Oxford and London); bookselling; workers’ rights, equality and diversity topics, etc.Suitable for: All of the above.
For further information and to book your tickets http://thesyp.org.uk/syp-conference-2013-2/
We are very pleased to see that BIC (Book Industry Communication) have launched a whole new range of training courses for Production Staff to meet demands from the publishing industry.
Ranging in length from half a day to two days, the Production courses cover the following areas:
Introduction to Production
Printed books (colour & mono, including Print on Demand)
All about Paper
Introduction to Children’s Production (including an introduction to product safety)
Shipping an Distribution Production for non-Production People
All of these courses will be delivered to a very high standard and are also competitively priced. Course prices range from £150 to £395 depending on length, and whether or not the trainee belongs to a BIC member organisation. Courses start in January 2014. More details and how to book, can be found on the BIC website
The Society of Indexers have put out a Call for Papers for their 2014 Conference: “Tesserae to tablets: Uncovering the future”, which will take place on 5th to 7th September 2014.
Papers are invited for presentation to one-hour plenary (full conference) or parallel (optional attendance) sessions. The theme of the conference is innovations in publishing and the added value that indexing can provide. The conference Committee therefore invites papers on this theme and other relevant topics, such as
- digital and online resources
- e-book use in academic contexts
- digital information retrieval
They would welcome submissions from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to, publishing, marketing and technology. Abstract submission deadline 31 January 2014, Final paper submission deadline 7 August 2014.
Please submit your abstract (400 word limit) to the Secretary of the 2014 Cirencester Conference Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been a long time coming – 5 years since the last salary survey – but finally we are in a position to gather in salary information.
Suzanne Collier has been surveying book publishing salaries since 1995, even before the creation of bookcareers.com.
This new survey takes into account the changes of digital publishing and looks to see if it has any direct effect on pay, training and stress levels.
There are also quite a few new questions that might raise a few eyebrows, such as ”Honestly, do you think you are underpaid for the job you are doing, if yes, by how much and why?”
We also intend to look at how many people have second jobs or accept freelance work in order to supplement their salary, as well as the usual questions about the work you do and the environment you work in.
When Suzanne published her first salary survey, it was hit with controversy – the main point being that the Managing Directors and CEOs didn’t want you to know how much other people were being paid for the same job.
But over the years it has been consistently proven to be accurate and a vast number of companies and individuals use our data when negotiating rises or recruiting for a new position.
Past salary surveys have also attracted a wide range of national media coverage from the Sunday Times, BBC News, Evening Standard, The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail to the industry trade press.
We’re going to keep this questionnaire open until midnight on 20th December 2013 and aim to publish the results in Spring 2014 (date to be advised nearer the time).
If you want to help us with this survey, after completing it, please share it with your colleagues and publishing friends – the more data that we can gather, the more accurate the results.
Introduction to the 2013 survey and link here
At this time of year, when so many of you will have recently graduated, we know you are in need of specialist, impartial help with CVs and applications more than at any other time, so we’ve put our heads together and are delighted to announce that we have a summer offer on our ever-popular Employability Consultation.
If you are a member of the Society of Young Publishers (SYP), Women in Publishing (WIP), or have graduated in the last 12 months, then you’re eligible for a £10 saving on one of our consultations (usually costing £45).
So what is an Employability Consultation?
We cover everything that you wish to discuss regarding your job applications. You email all your documents to us on the morning of the consultation, and we will review them in detail before we speak to you. We recommend sending us a CV, covering letter and advertisement for a job you didn’t get, and a CV, covering letter and advertisement for a job you’re thinking of applying for – but you can send as many documents as you wish. You phone in at your pre-arranged time, and we’ll cover as much material as we can within the time allowed. The session will last for a minimum of 35 minutes on a BT line or via Skype.
Why do I need one, and how can it help me?
Very often, when looking for a job, you are far too close to your CV and covering letters to be objective about them and how they’ll be received. Because we work with all employers and recruiters, all the time, we know that a successful application with Publisher A might not necessarily work with Publisher B, C, or D. Because we are fully qualified in career guidance, we are also able to help you make those difficult career decisions and ensure that you are pointed in the right direction and applying for the right jobs.
Here are just a few testimonials from clients who have found our consultations useful:
‘It was so useful to speak to someone who knew the industry so well. I was so impressed by how thorough you were by going through previous unsuccessful applications and I felt that you really wanted to help. I now have a good action plan and feel much better prepared to resume my job search.’ (Editorial Assistant)
‘I found the Bookcareers Employability service extremely helpful. The advice was considerate and constructive and I was able to start implementing it immediately . . . I would have no hesitation in going back for some help and I would definitely recommend the service to those seeking career guidance.’ (Marketing Assistant)
‘Yesterday was definitely extremely beneficial, particularly with regards to focusing my career path . . . Thank you also for going through the documents I sent you so carefully, I really appreciate the attention you gave them all.’ (Marketing Assistant)
‘I really appreciate the feedback you gave me on my CV, and the feedback you gave me about my chances of finding work in the publishing industry. It’s not easy to give or receive bad news but I do appreciate your honesty. I found the session extremely useful and would definitely recommend you as a careers advisor.’ (Career Changer)
To take advantage of the discount, all you have to do is book your consultation with us before the 30th September by emailing email@example.com. We really look forward to speaking to you.
When you need careers advice, who do you turn to? Do you ask a family member or friend? Confide in a colleague? Someone who is doing the job already? A human resources or recruitment professional? All may be able to give you some help, but along with that help you have to make judgement calls as to whether that advice is impartial, accurate, timely, a matter of ‘this worked for me, it will for you too’, because they have vacancies in that career path or make money from you getting a job. Very often they are only giving advice based on the limitations of their own personal experiences and frequently they are not qualified to help you make career decisions.
We have been professionally trained in giving impartial careers advice, guidance and development, based on career theories, practices, current labour market information and intelligence and our own research into the publishing industry. Wherever our impartiality may be compromised, we will inform you of this, allowing you to make your own decisions. Through our qualifications we have been independently assessed and verified several times and found to be delivering advice and guidance to the highest national standards. We commit to a minimum of 20 hours of continuous professional development a year, to maintain these standards.
For many years we have been members of both the Association of Career Professionals UK and the Institute of Career Guidance. They have recently joined forces (along with ACEG and NAEGA) to become the Career Development Institute, bringing together a unified approach for those who are practicing in Career Guidance and Development. We are proud to be part of this new association and to have our name listed on the ‘National Register of Career Development Professionals’ and will aim to uphold the highest possible standards for Career Guidance and Development.
So if you are looking to make changes to your career, ensure that the person you choose to advise you is:-
1. A member of the Career Development Institute and working to the CDI code of ethics
2. Qualified to Level 6 or equivalent in Career Guidance and Development
3. Impartial; if there are any outside influences that may affect impartiality they will always be declared
4. Listed on the register of qualified Career Professionals
5. Insured to give Careers Advice, Guidance and Development
All of those who provide careers guidance under the bookcareers.com name meet all five criteria. Make sure any person who is giving you careers advice does the same. You wouldn’t trust an unqualified accountant to mess with your finances, why on earth would you trust someone who is not qualified in careers guidance to mess with your career?