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  • Version: 2
  • Author(s): Brenda Stones and Sarah Fergusson
  • Creation Date: Monday, 18 December 2023
  • Working in children’s publishing is fun - creative, collaborative, rewarding fun.

    So how do you go about forging a career in children’s publishing and what skills do you need, especially if you want to work in commissioning? We’ve put together a detailed guide to the skills, attributes, and experience you will need for a successful career in children’s editorial. There is also advice on the common misconceptions that are held about children’s publishing plus details of other roles and their requirements, if commissioning is not your ultimate goal.

    Brenda Stones worked at Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and several smaller trade and independent presses. She has been Visiting Lecturer on the Publishing Studies MA at City University and has written 20 home-learning titles for WHSmith. This guide was updated in 2023 by Sarah Fergusson, a freelance copy-editor, proofreader and literary consultant specialising in children’s books and young adult fiction and non-fiction.