An Introduction to Publishing

April 16th – 19th 2018 (4 days)
UCL, London.
ONLY £250

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The Get Into Publishing course will provide a complete overview of the industry and an expert insight into the main roles within it. From editorial and design, to production, sales and marketing, the course is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the business, not only to help identify the area that’s right for you but also to provide you with some basic skills to improve your chances of employment.

Presented by experts from across publishing, the course will be a lively, practical and relevant look at the industry as it stands today. It will feature interactive seminar sessions and a group project to consider some of the key issues currently facing the industry. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate from UCL to acknowledge your achievement.

The course will include an evening drinks reception so that everyone has the opportunity to meet industry figures in a more relaxed environment.

Our aim is to provide affordable, accessible training to a wide audience

The course is aimed at those who have little or no prior knowledge of the publishing industry or as a refresher course. If you are an intern, a school, college or university leaver, returning to work or perhaps considering a change of career, then this course represents an ideal starting point.

There are no entry requirements for the course, although delegates must be aged over 18 years.

The programme

Day one
Session 1
Introductions/The Industry
Session 2
Reading Matters
Lunch
Session 3
Production
Session 4
An Overview of the industry

Day two
Session 1
Bookselling
Session 2
Getting a job in publishing
Lunch
Session 3
Marketing
Session 4
Editing

 

Day three
Session 1
Editorial
Session 2
Innovation in Publishing
Lunch
Session 3
Audio
Session 4
Literary Agent

Day four
Session 1
Design
Session 2
Sales
Lunch
Session 3
Finance

The Speakers

Suzy Astbury
Inspired Selection
Suzy started working in publishing in 2003 in London, where she worked for The Quarto Group and the moved to Michael O’Mara publishing across a variety of roles including sales, marketing and latterly Foreign Rights. In 2008, she then moved into publishing recruitment and is now Managing Director & Owner of Inspired Selection.
Inspired Selection works with all publishers to introduce candidates for their vacancies and so can offer excellent advise and support for candidates looking to move into the publishing industry at the start of their career as well as move into higher level positions throughout their careers. Suzy is hugely passionate about the publishing industry and can offer expertise in CV and Covering letter writing and preparing well for interview.
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Nick Canty
UCL
Nick's background is in the publishing industry where he worked for almost 15 years as a commissioning editor and publisher. He worked for Pearson, Thomson Reuters and was then the Publishing Director for the academic press of a professional society. In his previous professional work he has set up and managed commercial business units and launched various commercial enterprises, from book lists to major online information services. He has been involved with a variety of media and publishing formats covering print and online services.
He lectures on sales, marketing & promotion.

He is the Books Review editor for the journal Logos and was co-director with Anne Welsh of the Festival of Reading held at UCL in 2013.

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Charlotte Colwill
Foyles
Charlotte has been a full time bookseller and bookshop manager, in London and Melbourne, since finishing her Masters Degree in Publishing in 2010. She has worked at Waterstones, Blackwell's, Daunt Books, Readings (Australia) and Slightly Foxed and is currently the Head of Children's Books at Foyles on Charing Cross Road.
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Nick Coveney
Harper Collins
Nick has over seven years experience in a variety of leading digital roles in the publishing industry, including several years at HachetteUK where he worked with a wide range of bestselling authors to bring their content to life digitally including; Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Enid Blyton, Cressida Cowell and Miranda Hart.
In Summer 2014, he joined Bonnier publishing’s start-up Blink Publishing as Head of Digital & Social Media responsible for delivering innovative digital strategies to support bestselling authors such Alfie Deyes and Professor Green and working on stand-out social media campaigns such as #ColourTheMagic.

Nick is delighted to a part of HarperCollins Publisher’s exciting digital team working with colleagues across the group to implement innovative and compelling digital products and platforms.
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Alison David
Egmont
Alison David is Consumer Insight Director at Egmont, the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher of books and magazines and home to many of the world’s favourite stories and best-loved authors and illustrators and characters including: Thomas & Friends, Disney Princess, Disney Frozen, Star Wars™, LEGO®, Teletubbies, Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton, Julia Donaldson, Lemony Snicket, Michael Grant, Andy Stanton, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tintin, Mr Men, Stampy Cat and Minecraft.
Alison has worked in the media and publishing industry for over 30 years and with research as a creator, analyst and end user. Through her extensive research, and as a parent herself, Alison has a real insight into the challenges facing reading.
Her research programme at Egmont includes: ‘Reading Street’, a longitudinal study investigating children’s reading and the environment in which they grow up to understand what it takes to inspire them to read for pleasure, a consumer segmentation study sizing the children’s book and magazine market and identifying the motivations and aspirations of parents in regard to their children’s reading for pleasure, ‘Print Matters’, an exploration into parents’ and children’s responses to reading children’s books, including print books, eBooks, apps and magazines and most recently ‘Print Matters More’, a ground-breaking study that turned reluctant readers into enthusiasts in just 6 weeks.

Alison is also author of ‘Help Your Child Love Reading,’ a practical guide-book for parents, to help them inspire their children to read for pleasure.
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Dominic Gribben
Hachette Book Group
Dominic joined Hachette UK in 2012. In addition to overseeing digital projects and backlist publishing initiatives for Hodder & Stoughton, Dominic and his team are responsible for audio publishing across Hodder, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus.
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Alan Hurcombe
Hachette Book Group
Alan has recently joined Hodder Education (a division of Hachette UK) as Chief Operating Officer, where his responsibilities include commercial and strategic financial support to the UK, Caribbean and Singapore operations together with operational responsibility for production, design, editorial & picture research.

Prior to Hodder, Alan was Chief Financial Officer at Egmont UK, with oversight of Egmont operations in Germany, Poland and on the Board of Australian joint venture Hardie Grant Egmont. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY and joined Scholastic as Financial Controller in 2002. Promoted to CFO within 4 years, Alan went on to lead Scholastic as Group Managing Director for 3 years before taking a number of consulting roles across publishing and then joining Egmont in 2013.
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Tim Mason
Cambridge University Press
Tim Mason has been working in the publishing industry, since finishing his undergraduate degree in 2015. He began in a small magazine publishers and for the last two years has been working in Editorial at Cambridge University Press in the academic literature books team.
Prior to working in publishing he had various jobs, from working in a garden centre, in a chemists, and for an accountant. One thing he knows is that it is never too late to make a change.
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Alice Murphy-Pyle
Penguin Random House
Alice Murphy-Pyle is Senior Marketing Manager at Transworld. She changed career into publishing after working as a local news reporter.
She works on both fiction and non-fiction, marketing books by authors including Bill Bryson, Jilly Cooper and Richard Dawkins.
Her specialisms include marketing to social media audiences, women’s fiction and popular non-fiction.
Follow her on twitter @alicemurphypyle.
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Heather O'Connell
Bluebird Works Ltd
Heather has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She is passionate about the industry and runs a consultancy that helps publishers to improve their workflows and buying strategy. She also teaches them the art of production, both in house and via the Publishing MA at UCL where she runs the Production and Ops module.
She works directly with authors helping them understand the industry and produce high quality books, running publishing and authorpreneurship courses and workshops alongside the consultancy.

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Samantha J. Rayner
UCL
Sam teaches and writes on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. She has also taught extensively on English Literature courses and has specialisms in Medieval and Arthurian texts.
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Katharine Smales
Freelance
Katharine is experienced professional with over 13 years experience in children's publishing across Sales, Marketing, Publicity and Rights. Most recently UK Sales Director at Walker Books and previously Communications Director overseeing the Marketing and Publicity teams at Macmillan Children's Books. She has worked with Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell, Patrick Ness, Jon Klassen and Chris Haughton as well as on classics like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
She is also a guest lecturer on the MA Publishing courses at UCL, City and Kingston Universities.
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Sam Smith
Scholastic
Sam Smith started her career in publishing at Little, Brown Book Group where she worked across editorial, marketing, publicity and sometimes, accidentally, production. She is currently the Fiction and Picture Book Publisher at Scholastic UK where she has the pleasure of working with a number of fantastic authors and illustrators, including Liz Pichon. She has an MA in English Literature from King's College London and an MBA from London Business School.
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Justine Solomons
Byte the Book
In 2012 Justine Solomons founded Byte the Book, a membership organisation for authors, agents, publishers and those connected with the book industry. The network is focused on helping its members meet each other, connect with other industries and learn about the latest developments in technology.

Justine has over twenty years expertise in technology and business development to the publishing industry, speaking at conferences, chairing panels and providing consultancy to a broad range of clients in the industry.
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Lucie Stericker
Orion Publishing Group
As creative director of the Orion Publishing Group Lucie is lucky enough to work across an extremely broad range of commercial titles from crime to cookery and everything in-between. Orion Art are a multi award winning design team that creates cover designs and internal layouts.
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Jaclyn Swope
Nielsen
Jaclyn Swope joined Nielsen BookScan as an intern in 2013 while completing her Master’s degree in Publishing at Kingston University. She now works as a Publisher Account Manager on the Book Research team, where she assists a variety of publishers with understanding and utilising both retail sales and consumer data, through training sessions, presentations and bespoke analysis of book industry trends.

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Bryony Woods
Diamond, Kahn and Woods
Bryony Woods is a Co-founder and Director at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. She has worked with top publishers both in the UK and abroad, and now represents an eclectic mix of talented writers whose work ranges from quirky children’s fiction through to YA and adult fiction and non-fiction. Prior to DKW, she worked at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, and spent several years working in specialist bookshops and libraries.
Bryony has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in English Literature from the University of Reading. She previously volunteered as University Liaison Officer for the Society of Young Publishers, where she visited universities across the UK giving talks and workshops to help graduates break into the publishing industry. Bryony was selected by The Bookseller as one of their Rising Stars of 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016.
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An Introduction to Publishing

April 16th – 19th 2018 (4 days)
UCL, London.
ONLY £250

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We can help with low cost accommodation in London if required.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee but the course is recognised by  The Spare Room Project, an initiative run through the PA which can provide interns and candidates on this course with free accommodation. More information can be found here www.publishers.org.uk/media-centre/news-releases/2016/spare-room-project/

Affordable accommodation can also be booked in halls at UCL www.ucl.ac.uk/residences

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Editorial Masterclass

20th April 2018
Only £95

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A realistic, practical and lively look at the role of an editor in book publishing. It is an ideal introduction for anyone who would like to know how to achieve, and what to expect from, a career in editorial.

 

The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the editorial role including: the different types of editors, books and editorial approaches; what is involved in copy editing and proof reading; and the process of working with authors and in-house departments. It will help you decide what type of editorial role is right for you and offer valuable guidance to enhance your chances of successful employment. In addition, some fun, interactive exercises, will provide an opportunity for you to try out your newly acquired editorial skills!

 

The Editorial Masterclass will be given by editorial consultant, Fran Hiller who has over 30 years’ experience working as an editor. Fran is an experienced trainer and mentor and a very knowledgable and enthusiastic exponent of the ‘art and craft of editing’.

THE SPEAKER

Fran Hiller, is a freelance editorial consultant with more than thirty years’ experience in book publishing, started her career as an editorial assistant at Unwin Hyman in 1987. She then went on to work for many academic and educational publishers in a variety of editorial roles, including ten years at Cambridge University Press where her most recent post as Senior Editorial Services Controller allowed her to train and mentor numerous colleagues. Known for giving expert advice in a friendly and professional manner, Fran loves to share her enthusiasm for the art and craft of editing, and never stops learning. In 2012 she decided to expand her knowledge of the wider field of publishing by undertaking the MA in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University, for which she not only received distinction but was also awarded the Cambridge University Press Prize for Best Dissertation.

 

Production Masterclass

20th April 2018
Only £95

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For those who are considering a career in Book Production this honest, open and highly informative one-day course will clarify exactly what production really involves and what makes a great production person. It will provide you with some key skills and technical knowledge to help you take your first steps into the industry.

Taught by Heather O’Connell, a publishing production expert with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, the course will be a fun, interactive look at the world of book production. It will look at the different types of production roles and the skills required to do them and will help you narrow down which job is the right one for you. Introducing each of the main aspects of the role, it will give you an insight into the fascinating process of how books are made (from receipt of the edited manuscript through to printed and bound books) and equip you with some basic knowledge towards applying for your first role in Production. Just imagine approving your first book to go to press!

 

THE SPEAKER

Heather has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She is passionate about the industry and runs a consultancy that helps publishers to improve their workflows and buying strategy. She also teaches them the art of production, both in house and via the Publishing MA at UCL where she runs the Production and Ops module.

She works directly with authors helping them understand the industry and produce high quality books, running publishing and authorpreneurship courses and workshops alongside the consultancy.

For further information contact
info@getintobookpublishing.co.uk