Working with Authors

 Working_with_Authors_-_370389971.jpgAuthors 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


  • 10 October 2019


A number of discounts are available

“The course was excellent and I have gained a new perspective on approaching my relationship with authors. Brenda was an absolutely great course leader; I loved her teaching style and couldn't recommend her enough. I loved the handouts!”

Hodder Education delegate, October 2018

"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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