Bookcareers.com will shortly be launching a one-day course on how to job search in publishing. It will combine all the expertise from their Job Club in one day and is aimed mainly at people who already have work history in publishing, rather than those who are just graduating (although new graduates will be welcome), and we are asking for your help in choosing an appropriate name.
It will cover everything from CVs, Covering Letters, Interviews, Networking, to Social Media, Recruitment Consultants, Where to find jobs and lots of other snippets and valuable information you need to know.
The working title is ‘Job Club in a Day’ and other suggestions have included ‘How to Propel Your Publishing Career’ or ‘Everything you needed to know about finding a job in publishing’ or ‘Job Search Boot Camp’
So please get thinking! If you like one of the suggestions we’ve already mentioned and wish to modify it, please do so.
Closing date 7.00 pm 10th March 2014. The decision will be made by bookcareers.com shortly after. We won’t publicise the name of the winning entrant unless they wish us to.
The prize for the best suggested name is a place* on the first course on Friday, 25th April 2014 in Central London (WC1 area) , worth approximately £125. All entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject JOB CLUB IN A DAY.
Terms and conditions
*Prize consists of place on the course only; you will be responsible for your own travel expenses. Sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided.
You must have the right to work in the UK to accept the free place.
There is no cash value; this prize is not transferable.
bookcareers.com will have unreserved rights to use the name generated without any further cash payment, royalty or claim for the title.
The Society of Young Publishers have relaunched their Mentoring Scheme. Intended to help young SYP members to build contacts and advance in their chosen field, the scheme will feature successful, dynamic representatives from five different areas of publishing. In a departure from traditional one-on-one mentoring arrangements, each will mentor 5–10 young professionals in their own area of expertise over five group sessions, meeting in London roughly every 2 months for the remainder of the year.
A fantastic and experienced group of publishing professionals, across design and brand management, marketing and publicity, sales, editorial, and author representation, will mentor throughout the scheme.
Confirmed mentors include: Auriol Bishop, Creative Director at Hodder (design and brand management); Sophia Blackwell, Marketing Manager at Bloomsbury (marketing and publicity); Chrissy Charalambides, Key Account Manager at Penguin Random House (sales); Hellie Ogden, Agent at Janklow & Nesbitt (author representation); Max Porter, Senior Editor at Granta (editorial skills); and Mark Richards, Editorial Director at John Murray Press (editorial skills).
SYP members under the age of 30, who have been working in publishing for between one and five years, will be able to apply for the scheme by emailing a CV and cover letter to email@example.com by 7 March 2014.
Applying for the Scheme
More information on the mentor scheme and how to apply will be available on the SYP’s website, thesyp.org.uk/mentor-scheme.
This really is a big thank you
for adding your details to our Salary Survey and circulating the questionnaire to others. So if you contributed, emailed, tweeted, facebooked, or cajoled publishing colleagues and friends, then please give yourself a huge round of applause.
What happens next?
Your work has ended and ours really begins. First of all we have to tidy up all the literal responses, the questions which said ‘other, please state’ and aim to batch them together for analysis. By doing this we very often see which responses are actually from people who didn’t qualify for the survey (e.g. freelancers, those not employed by UK publishers or literary agents) which we remove. During a survey we may remove up to 50 spoiled or erroneous responses.
Then we start analysing the data, which often throws up more anomalies, and aim to do a first data run by the end of January 2014. Then we verify the data, looking for other inconsistencies. If you supplied your email address this is where we might contact you for clarification of answers, before running the data for the second time, hopefully by the end of February 2014.
Usually by the time we’ve got to the third data run, Suzanne is pulling her hair out, has aged 50 years over night, and is swearing that we will never, ever, do another salary survey again. (This is Suzanne’s 9th Salary Survey, so have no fear, this doesn’t last and there will be another). Particularly if we are now well into March 2014. We hope to publish the results and final report some time during March or April, but as this depends very much on the process of analysis we are not yet able to name a final date at this point. In the meantime we will aim to keep you updated with our progress via our twitter account @bookcareers.
Thank you again for all your help. This survey would not be possible without your contribution.
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