Annette Kjølby, Commissioning Editor at Samfundslitteratur in Denmark sums up her experience
“Commissioning and list management” gives a good all round introduction to the job of the commissioning editor. Everything was very well organised with devoted lecturers and course leaders, and the residential course provided a welcome opportunity to meet and share experiences with peers across the publishing industry - not only during course hours but also in a more informal setting over dinner etc.
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”. For experienced editors as myself the course can serve as a brush-up and inspiration. I will, however, 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, participated in the Commissioning and List Management course in September 2017. It happens again in September 2018.