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How to be a successful publishing freelancer

The Publishing Training Centre and SYP Wales have partnered together to deliver a masterclass on freelancing in the publishing industry.

  • When:                          Wednesday 17 January 2024, 7pm– 8.30pm GMT
  • Where:                        Delivered via Zoom
  • Places available:       30
  • Cost:                            Free to Society of Young Publishers (SYP), £3 to all others 

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Working in publishing doesn't necessarily mean securing a permanent job at a publishing house. Freelancing is commonplace in the industry and can offer greater flexibility in terms of when and where you work. So, what does it take to be a successful freelancer in publishing?

In this webinar you will hear from three highly experienced freelancers on the role of freelancers in publishing, how to set up and run a profitable business, developing client relationships and more.

The webinar will be hosted by Petra Green, Head of the PTC and herself a freelance marketing, research and digital consultant. It should be a lively and interactive discussion, with plenty of time for your questions.

This event has limited capacity. Visit the event page to book your tickets now. 

Who is it for?

  • Anyone thinking of moving into a freelance role, most probably from editorial
  • Those new to freelancing who want to hear from experienced practitioners
  • Editors and others who work with freelancers and commission work from them

What will the webinar cover?

  • The what and why of freelancing
  • How freelancers are used in publishing
  • Business basics
  • Establishing and building a network 
  • Audience Q&A 

Meet the panel 

Caro Drake








As an in-house editor and manager, Caro worked on a wide range of academic books, journals and illustrated trade titles. For 15 years at Cambridge University Press she trained copy-editors and proofreaders, and co-updated the current edition of Butcher’s Copy-editing. As a freelance, Caro works with publishers, educational organisations and industry bodies.

Alysoun Owen

Alysoun Owen







Alysoun is an experienced publisher and project manager of print and digital products. Through her consultancy, she works with publishers at the forefront of digital innovation, including Bloomsbury, Class Publishing, Oxford University Press and Springer Nature. As Editor of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, she speaks at conferences, literary events and on university courses.

Heather Rawlin

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Heather first worked in-house at a firm of typesetters, where she was a project manager, taking academic publications from manuscript through to print-ready and digital formats. She started her freelance editorial business, Future Perfect in 2015, and works with a mixture of academic publishers, educational institutions and commercial businesses.

What you will need to join the event

To join the webinar, 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.

How to book your place

There are 30 places available. To reserve your space, visit the SYP's site. Tickets are on sale until Tuesday 16 January.

If you have any concerns about technical requirements or access, or any other questions about the event, please contact us at or telephone (+44) 020 8874 2718.