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International appreciation of Commissioning and List Management

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

Commissioning and List Management - a worthwhile experience

Helen Marsden of Hodder Education shares her thoughts

By the time I took the course I’d been an acting CE for about 8 months and in the four days we covered so many elements of the role of commissioning editor that it really helped strengthen my knowledge of the role...

Copyright - How to Get What You Need in the Digital Age

Laura Craddock reflects on PTCs course on copyright.

Copyright has always been one of those topics that left me feeling daunted...So, when the opportunity came up to attend the 1-day ‘Copyright - How to Get What you Need in the Digital Age’, I was happy to take it.

Everyone is in sales

A recent delegate shares their thoughts about presenting

...I know how important an impressive pitch can be in a publishing career, especially for someone just beginning to commission.

A Light in the Dark . . .

Holly Tonks, Commissioning Editor of Children’s Books at Tate Publishing, reflects on how children's literature fits into our world

Is it me, or does the world feel slightly out of control at the moment? On a daily basis we are inundated with articles about Brexit, maniacal world leaders, war-torn lands and sinking public services. Sometimes, I feel a bit useless and unable to make any substantial contribution . . . I mean I’m a Commissioning Editor for children’s books. What could I possibly do?

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2017

Atop Carmelite House on London’s Victoria embankment, some of publishing’s best and brightest gathered in Hachette’s rooftop café and garden yesterday evening to hear the announcement of this year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize winner. 

A shout out to all small, independent publishers out there…

Alice Curry, short listed for the 2017 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize talks passion

Sometimes I wonder why I’m in publishing. The market is fickle, the margins are tiny, the infrastructure is impossibly opaque and I’m certainly not going to make my millions...

The importance of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Helen Chapman, Designer at Templar Publishing, explains why she values the Kim Scot Walwyn Prize

...this would be my last year to apply for the KSW Prize so I got my references in and waited. I received the best rejection of my life when I got notified I didn’t make the short list. That might sound bizarre...

Writing and editing

I didn’t expect to be an editor – from about halfway through my undergrad degree, I was determined to be a Famous Author

Kesia Lupo, Editor at Chicken House shares her story about switching ambition from being a Famous Author to become an Editor

Can a training course help in finding a job?

Alice Gordge experienced PTCs Introduction to Editorial Skills

Breaking into the publishing industry can be a daunting feat, particularly for recent graduates or those new to the business. In this competitive job market, it can be difficult to know where to begin, what experience you need and what you should expect from a career in publishing.

Small publishers offer big horizons.

Sarah Braybrooke of Scribe extols the virtues of a small company

There are fleeting moments when working for a small publisher can feel like a disadvantage...

Working in digital publishing

Amy Durant, Publishing Director of Endeavour Press shares some thoughts

Building a career directly in digital publishing has given me a lot of insight on how the publishing industry is progressing; what the future is likely to hold; and the ways the market is shifting for authors and readers

Why web pages work

A participant at the most recent Writing and Editing for the Web course shares their thoughts…

“Are your ‘cognitive burdens’ getting in the way of how you read on a screen? Do you manage to scroll past the ‘fold’ before succumbing to ‘text-neck’ and ‘iPad hand’? Is the report you’re reading loaded with ‘dirty magnets’? 

 

Practise makes Pitch Perfect

Amy Feldman, Editor at the National Trust reports back from Pitch Doctor

"Of all the training courses I’ve been on, Pitch Doctor is the one I looked forward to least."

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