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Welcome to the PTC’s Comment page, where you will find guest writers and PTC staff talking about their work, current events, trends and developments within publishing. Each month, we consider a new topic. These short articles are archived back to 2020.
23 May 2024 - Alexandra Tewkesbury

My journey to editing children’s books

I think of myself as an accidental editor. It was never part of my grand plan to work in publishi...
23 April 2024 - Tania Charles

How to become a professional proofreader

Are you thinking about becoming a proofreader? Perhaps you’re a career-changer looking for inspir...
21 March 2024 | Suzanne Aubin

Editing in a bilingual environment: opportunities and challenges

Canada has been a bilingual country since 1969; English and French are used by all federal instit...
21 February 2024 - Gill Box-Grainger

How to be a successful publishing freelancer – in eight steps

Freelancing is a major life decision – it’s challenging, demanding and requires a dash of courage...
25 January 2024 - Tanya Izzard

Insights into the world of indexing

Cookbooks, handbooks, textbooks, scholarly monographs, catalogues: a good index is still essentia...
22 December 2023 - Petra Green

Back to the FutureBook

During my publishing career, I’ve been to many conferences claiming that the revolution is comi...
15 December 2022 - Andrew Steeds

The four golden rules of rewriting and substantive editing

There are certain things that everyone who rewrites for a living, or who calls themselves a subst...
20 February 2023 - Cassie Chadderton

Why World Book Day matters more than ever

World Book Day (WBD) is a charity that changes lives through reading. Every year, and year-round,...
24 January 2023 - Alicja Baranowska

Accelerate your career with the Society of Young Publishers mentorship scheme

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) was established in 1949 and is run fully by volunteers. Any...
15 November 2022 - Tim Turner

Five tips for successful self-publishing

As someone who’s spent 30 years as a journalist, I find writing fiction immensely freeing. At wor...
20 October 2022 - Jeremy Brinton

Practical career development: editorial and commissioning skills

It is May 2022, and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is run...
15 August 2022 - David Barker

Is an MA in Publishing worth it?

The MA Publishing course at the University of Derby was set up in 2016 by Alistair Hodge. Alistai...
28 June 2022 - Tom Holman

Independent publishing in mid-2022: Five themes at the IPG’s Spring Conference

The Independent Publishers Guild’s 2022 Spring Conference in Nottingham on 8 and 9 June discussed...
24 May 2022 - Joe Sedgwick

The Literary Consultancy (TLC)’s Festival of Writing and Wellness

‘Wellness’ has been a hot topic in the media, and on social media, recently – particularly in the...
26 April 2022 - Ruth McKee

The heart of the matter: how to write a book review (and how not to)

Avoid retelling the story It’s easiest to begin with what to avoid when writing a review, so I’l...
23 March 2022 - Bodour Al Qasimi

IPA Academy: Resolving global publishing’s skills gap

The global pandemic nudged the publishing ecosystem to rapidly adopt digital technologies to keep...
15 February 2022 - Petra Green

Ten top tips for freelance success in publishing

Every month hundreds of people give up their job and go freelance. What are the pros and cons of ...
23 December 2021 - Lisa Goll

Join a writing group and become a better writer

Writing is a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be something you do on your own. Finding a...
22 November 2021 - The IPG

Together again: The IPG’s 2021 Autumn Conference

The IPG’s Autumn Conference at London’s Shaw Theatre in early November was a happy reminder that ...
25 October 2021 - Astrid deRidder

Frankfurt Book Fair 2021: Four key themes unveiled

I’m writing this as I look down over the main square at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Yes, I’m one of ...
23 September 2021 - The PTC

Developing your career: how to move upwards

In a bespoke session at this year’s London Book Fair, Suzanne Collier and Hermione Ireland discus...
26 August 2021 - Philip Ridgers

My first year as a freelance proofreader

What’s the best way to impress a potential client? Show them your T-REX! Rather than the famous ...
22 July 2021 - Joanna Everard

Why sell rights?

Planning to get a job in publishing? Ever wondered about selling rights? I'm here to tell you wha...
21 June 2021 - Carlos Gimeno

Five top tips for communicating ‘on camera’ online

The way we communicate at work has been transformed over the last 18 months. More important, howe...
27 May 2021 - The IPG

Independent publishing in 2021: change, challenge and opportunity

Publishing work is changing faster than ever before, but for people with the right skills and agi...
19 April 2021 - Taliha Quadri

From literature enthusiast to professional proofreader

A career-shaping passion for reading I grew up as a bookworm in a multilingual household where s...
17 March 2021 - Heather Rawlin

Five top tips for effective copy-editing

If you are working as a copy-editor, or training to be one, you are probably aware that there’s m...
16 February 2021 - Sam Kelly

Five top tips for effective proofreading

So, you’ve been asked to proofread something. Maybe you’re newly qualified and starting your firs...
27 January 2021 - Sophie Kirby

Investing in training with our Rising Star Awards

In a fast-moving industry like publishing, investing in your skills can ensure you rise through t...
22 December 2020 - Suzanne Collier

Surviving redundancy

Redundancy is commonplace. For some it may be a blessed relief after months of uncertainty or bei...
25 November 2020 - Bridget Shine

How has Covid-19 affected independent publishing? The IPG 2020 survey explains

There is no escaping the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has badly damaged many publishing businesses. Cha...
2 November 2020 - Aki Schilz

What can giving feedback teach us about editorial best practice?

At The Literary Consultancy (TLC), we oversee the writing and sending of 500−600 manuscript asses...
24 September 2020 - Emma House

What next for global publishing post-pandemic?

Around the world In the UK, the publishing and book industry is recovering from the Covid- 19 pa...
28 August 2020 - Sarah Campbell

Why you’re ready to start your own business, even if you think you’re not

With the vast majority of publishing people currently working from home, flexible working has bec...
30 July 2020 - Neil Shorney

Using “So What?” to get the job you want

As a salesperson, sales manager and sales trainer for the past 20-something years, I work frequen...
20 March 2020 - Julia Garvey

Top tips for freelancing from home

You can work in your pyjamas, but it doesn't mean you should!

18 March 2020 - Sophie Kirby

The Print Futures Awards: Investing in the future of rising stars

This is my favourite time of the year. Between February and April, The Printing Charity invites t...
10 March 2020 - Clare Grist Taylor

The self-aware manager: how taking a coaching approach really can make a difference at work

Imagine the scene. The whole team is frantically busy in the run up to a sales conference. As its...
27 February 2020 - Petra Green

How to get work experience in publishing when you're at school

It’s that time of year, when Year 11/Year 12 students at secondary school start panicking about t...
13 November 2019 - Helen Speedy

What skills are in demand in publishing today?

Atwood Tate has been helping to place skilled employees in the publishing industry for over nine ...
19 August 2019 - Jane Buekett

Project management is at the heart of the publishing process

Job titles across the publishing industry are notoriously inconsistent. In my department the desk...

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