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
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...
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.
A novice freelance editor experiences Introduction to Editorial Skills
What I didn’t realise is how much I would learn at the PTC’s Introduction to Editorial Skills course.
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.
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?
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.
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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
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’?