How to be a Book PublisherBecoming a book publisher?
What is the best way to get a career in printing? - The Society of Young Publishers
It' a frequent interpellation whether you are at university in your last year and have chosen that book publication is for you. But before you begin to search, you have to realize that book publications are oversubscribed - there are always more job seekers in the business than there are job vacancies.
This makes the remuneration of book publishers similar to that of instructors. It' also an indication that it is the perfect carreer for someone with an English qualification. However, if you do not want to work for an STM (Science Technical and Medical Publisher) or an art historical publisher, the field of study is not applicable.
I' ve also seen that'publishing' is an optional course for those who have taken a careers or personalities test; but if you don't have a keen interest in working with the book, you should look at the other courses that the test threw out first. So if you're still with me, here are just a few hints to get your first book publisher work.
This is also true for the Master's degree in book publication. Though they are becoming increasingly widespread, they neither provide you with an introduction to the sector nor an additional wage. Today, most companies are expecting a kind of "work experience" from their alumni by offering their work free of charge during the school holidays or immediately after their studies at a university.
During your studies you will be involved in the students' journal, the journal, the television or a type of medium - a position that offers you a basis for your desired future careers - be it on the side of editing or in the areas of advertising, distribution and promotion. Irrespective of your ultimate professional choices, all the experiences you can gain are of value to you.
Don't just think of a career - every book publishers expertise is precious - also work at the front desk of a book publisher (you get to know the name, company, author your company has to deal with). Knowing other areas of publication - e.g. distribution or distribution - can also be of great benefit for your editing work, because as an editor you must be interested in the markets and the distribution and output of your publications.
Or you may find that you have a preference for other areas of publication than your first work. Keep in mind that every single one of your experiences is precious. lishers are supposed to be the suppliers of the British-speaking world; if your knowledge of your native tongue is not up to date, it is unlikely that even if you successfully get a position, you will keep it for a long time.
It' also very important that you have a correct CV in good English - everyone in the publication is good at proof-reading and will find the smallest mistake in your CV. Have a look at the book Inside Book Publication by Giles Clark (ISBN 978-0415441575). This is the final book on the sector and is used as a suggested textbook for a number of publisher training sessions.
This will help you understanding how the business works and the accountability of each division or group. Log in to the CV clearing house on the bookcareers.com website. CV-Clearing is a directory of persons who are looking for a job in the book publisher and is frequently sought by book publisher companies and recruitment agencies who do not wish to place advertisements.
Be a Society of Young Publishers and attend our weekly meeting. Book publishers are listed in The Guardian and The Bookseller. You can also find other sites like Bookbrunch that offer job openings, but most of the first job offers are done by verbal propaganda (therefore the CV Clearing House on bookcareers.com can be an advantage).
They may have to tap on a terrible amount of doors to get a job, but if you're pledged to a careers within the book publisher, it's well worth it.