Working with Authors

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Authors are the lifeblood of publishing – you can’t do it without them! However, relationships between author, editor and publisher can sometimes be fraught. Differing aims and objectives, simple misunderstandings and failed communications can all contribute to delay, extra cost and unnecessary conflict.

The course has practical solutions to everyday problems and benefits from the knowledge of a highly experienced publisher (and author!). Delegates are encouraged to contribute their own experiences and issues, and by the end of the day will have a series of principles and concepts that can be applied in a wide range of situations.



Who will benefit from this course?

Desk editors, junior editors, managing editors and commissioning editors, especially those working in educational, academic and professional publishing.


Enrol on this course

Learn how to…

  • get the best from your authors
  • understand the dynamics of the publisher/author relationship
  • anticipate and prevent problems before they happen
  • get your manuscript on time, on budget and on brief.

This course contributes to PUB 3, 4, 5, 8 of the Book & Journal Publishing National Occupational Standards


The role of the author

The author as core value

The author’s view and motivations

 What makes a good author? 

Finding contacts

 Single authors or teams?

Defining the project

Writing a brief

Assessing sample material

Anticipating problems

Negotiating terms

Royalties, advances and agents

Schedule, delivery and acceptance

Project management

Resolving difficulties

After-care: proofs, publication and sales

Course Director

Brenda Stones



Our short courses are run at a variety of venues in Central London. Information and directions can be found on our Contact Us page. Please check your Joining Instructions for your specific course venue.

Note that most of our short courses can also be run as In-Company events.


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A one-day course


  • 11 October 2018


A number of discounts are available

"I have begun to understand the authors’ position and how I can improve my relationship with them. The course was very beneficial in understanding how to get the best from authors."

Institute of Physics Publishing delegate

"I enjoyed this very much! The tutor was very informative and engaging and had a great depth of knowledge of both sides of the publishing process. Thank you!"

Leckie and Leckie delegate

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