"It’s a real privilege to work closely with talented writers on their books, feeding back ideas and suggestions on how to shape the manuscript into the best it can be."
Katie Seaman, winner of the 2018 LBF Trailblazer Award, gives us the inside story of an editor's working life.
An experienced editor reports on the course
When the PTC announced their new project management course I decided to attend because editorial project management has been one of the services I offer for over 10 years, and the prospect of learning about new techniques appealed greatly.
Abiola Bello, a Trailblazer winner in 2018, shares her current view of things
"The Trailblazer Award is important because it shows the industry that young people are very aware of the industry and are taking steps to change it for the better."
Early in her career in publishing Lana participated in the two-day Introduction to Editorial Skills
"Working in publishing we become so accustomed to the way that our company copy-edits and proofreads that we forget the skills that are universally implemented, and this course reminds us of these universal techniques.”
Phoebe Morgan, a 2018 Trailblazer Award winner, shares her take on being an editor.
I feel very lucky to do what I love – it’s so much fun getting to read for a living and bringing new books into readers’ hands. I’m very proud of the Avon list and know how hard the whole team works to get a book onto the shelves (or virtual shelves) – there’s an awful lot that goes on behind the scenes and I find it a really fascinating process.
Print Futures Awards offer grants of up to £1,500 to help individuals to progress within their career
Since 2003, the Printing Charity has been running the annual Print Futures Awards programme as part of its educational activities to champion new and emerging talent into the vibrant industry it supports.
Shanon Rademacher shares her experience of the course
The course has certainly been valuable to me in my daily work since I’ve been on it, and I’d recommend it to anyone who regularly finds themselves needing to do a lot of editing on a piece of writing.
Susie Bertinshaw shares her recent experience of the course
I...approached the course expecting it to be focusing on grammar, structure and correcting errors, and the experience helped me to completely redefine what it meant to be a copy-editor and proofreader...
Lisa de Caux, a recent graduate, shares her thoughts
Changing career can be an unnerving prospect. How can you help reduce the trepidation? For me, market-leading training was absolutely critical.
Valerie Fawcett shares her thoughts about this key skill
Negotiating is something we have to do all the time if we are to get the job done and maintain good relationships.
In some ways, the life of a Civil Servant is similar to being a copy-editor and proof-reader rolled into one
Having participated in the PTC course Introduction to Editorial Skills in July, this delegate experienced Progress in Editorial Skills just six months later.
"With the aim of adding another string to my copy-editing bow, I signed up for the PTC’s Rewriting and Substantive Editing course"...Clare Langford shares her experience.
Victoria Selwyn, a freelance French−English Translator, shares her experience
...I had a long shopping list of expectations, from checking whether I was doing the right sort of thing in my professional practice to gaining insights into voice and style.
Jason Mitchell, Acquisitions Editor at Elsevier, shares his comments
The publishing industry is characterized by successful innovation and adaptation to meet market needs, and in a fast-changing field it is vital that those employed in Editorial continually invest in, and update, their skillsets and knowledge.
Annette Kjølby, Commissioning Editor at Samfundslitteratur in Denmark, sums up her experience
Although the course focuses on publishing in the UK, it is also useful for editors abroad, since most of the topics are comparable and “translatable”... I...highly recommend that new commissioning editors join the course during their early years in the job, which would be most rewarding.
Annette Kjølby, commissioning editor, Samfundslitteratur, Denmark