Editorial Project Management

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Managing editorial projects brings many risks and challenges, but also rewards, whether you work in-house or freelance. This in-depth course will help you to use both traditional and Agile project management techniques to navigate your way successfully through each stage of your projects.

Clear explanations of best practice theories and terminology, combined with hands-on experience, will give you the tools to effectively manage your print and digital editorial projects.

The course promotes active learning and uses a blended approach of self-study, interactive activities, group work and an in-depth editorial case study to guide you through the practical tasks.

Using the case study, students take a step-by-step approach to setting up and running a project, learning how to handle issues that arise along the way. How to estimate costs, manage your budget, maintain profitability, control costs, assign tasks and document processes are all covered.

At the end of the course, you will have gained skills and knowledge to put into practice immediately. Plus, you will have access to a suite of templates and documentation to help keep your editorial projects running smoothly and profitably from start to finish.

Please note that this course focuses exclusively on editorial projects. If you have a non-editorial role and want to gain an understanding of general, non-editorial projects, we recommend Introduction to Project Management.

Who is it for?

  • Editorial Project Managers
  • Editors
  • Desk Editors
  • Freelance Editors
  • Project Editors
  • Production Editors
  • Managing Editors who are responsible for the management of complete editorial projects

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • assess the scope, needs and risks of an editorial project
  • set up robust processes to maintain and document progress and issues
  • accurately estimate timings to produce a detailed and reliable schedule
  • create and maintain the project budget to ensure profitability
  • effectively manage and communicate with your team and other stakeholders, wherever they are


Before the first session, you will be sent details of the editorial case study that forms the central example for the course. Completing the tasks will take 30 minutes and is required before attending on Day 1. There will also be homework tasks set between the three days, each requiring around 30 minutes' study time. 

Day 1 

Setting up a successful project   
  • Leading a project – skills, accountability and responsibility  
  • Understanding goals and objectives 
  • Determining workflow and dependencies 
  • Assessing and mitigating risk 

Managing content and processes  

  • Documenting progress, content and issues   
  • Managing complex, multi-part projects  
  • Working for continual improvement  

Day 2

Managing your time and tasks 

  • Agile techniques to keep on track 
  • Defining and prioritising tasks


  • Estimating and allocating time  
  • Mitigating delay and why  
  • Scheduling tools and tips 
  • Linking dependencies 

Day 3 


  • Estimating costs  
  • Understanding profitability   
  • Using contingency   
  • Keeping to budget  

Working with suppliers 

  • Negotiating fees 
  • Briefing suppliers – local and offshore   
  • When things don’t go to plan  

Talking teams 

  • Roles and communication 
  • Leading virtual teams  

How the course is delivered

The course consists of three x 3.5-hour sessions, each a mixture of delivery and interaction using Zoom breakout rooms and other online tools. There will be breaks in the session with the opportunity to do exercises and take a break. The course will run on from 9am to 12.30pm on each day.

You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.

Any information to be completed beforehand will be sent via email.

If you have any concerns about technical requirements or access please contact us on or telephone (+44) 020 8874 2718.

Delegate feedback

"Sarah was absolutely brilliant. She made it relevant, personalised, engaging and fun! I have a greater overall understanding and some very specific helpful techniques." Oxford University Press delegate (in-company training)

“An excellent course that covered all areas of project management, from technical skills to teamwork. I learned that a good project manager is empathetic as well as pragmatic, and structured but flexible in their approach. Sarah has an engaging style and drew on anecdotes from her years of experience to illustrate the coursework, which made the course very enjoyable. I’ve gained confidence and knowledge." Project Editor, Gill Education

“I enjoyed the course immensely. The trainer was very clear and had a great variety of modes of learning – the quick quizzes and break-out rooms worked well to embed what we've learnt. I have just created a fully working schedule for a big and urgent course I'm managing, based on the training and templates provided. I can already see the benefit in setting up a linked schedule for easy reference and that is easily updated throughout the project.” York Press delegate

“The programme, content and teaching were excellent. I am moving to a new editorial project management role next week and the skills I have learned on this course will be invaluable.” Hodder Education delegate

“The course was excellent, very engaging  I enjoyed the collaborative activities and case study, and Sarah delivered the course brilliantly. I’ve gained new Excel skills and an understanding of project management (both in terms of what OU project managers think about beyond my remit and new approaches to managing projects within my role).” The Open University delegate

“I really enjoyed the course. Sarah is a great teacher and went in-depth into topics. I liked the breakout room exercises as well. I have a better understanding of project management, including budgeting, and have learned new Excel skills – which was great!” City and Guilds delegate

“The course was brilliant and extremely relevant to my role. Sarah Sodhi had a fantastic teaching style, great knowledge of the industry and how it works, and was incredibly friendly and easy to engage with. I’ve gained a greater insight into scheduling, budgeting and risk management.” Folens Publishing delegate



About the tutor(s)

 sarah sodhiSince 1999, Sarah Sodhi has proofed, tagged, bound, corrected, edited, managed, commissioned, subbed, scheduled, estimated and produced a great deal of content – from interactive, multi-media resources to marketing leaflets, from monthly magazines to 900-page medical tomes.

Starting her career at a small medical publisher in Oxford, Sarah produced medical textbooks, journals and a bi-monthly magazine. She then moved into the public sector to work for an adult education charity, introducing formal scheduling procedures, progress-chasing systems and detailed budgets. After this, she immersed herself in the education sector, editing and managing digital and print resources for primary, secondary and adult education publishers.

Sarah has been involved in the following projects:

  • Oxford International Computing for Primary and Lower Secondary – Publishing a 12-book computing textbook series to coincide with the launch of a brand-new curriculum. Coordinating a multi-author team, a large freelance editorial team and design professionals, both in-house and off-shore.
  • Scholastic's Disgusting Poems Anthology – Relaunching a successful 10-book poetry series, involving a redesign, commissioning more than 800 new artworks and clearance of 800 copyright licences.
  • Twenty First Century GCSE Science – Coordinating the authoring, editing and development of over 2000 online interactive resources to support the suite of print and digital blended learning materials.
Session 1: 17 June 2024 | Session 2: 19 June 2024 | Session 3: 21 June 2024 (mornings only)


Monday, 17 June 2024

Monday, 07 October 2024

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

June 2024

  • Dates: 17, 19 & 21 June 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.00am to 12.30pm 

October 2024

  • Dates: 7, 9 & 11 October 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.00am to 12.30pm 

Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9.00am to 12.30pm 
  • Three x 3.5 hour sessions including breaks, comprising three half-day sessions on three days

A number of discounts are available

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What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.





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