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About Kellie Millar

Kellie, Manager of our temps / freelance division joined us in May 2013. She brings a wealth of experience in media and publishing recruitment and is used to successfully placing candidates within both print and digital roles. She is also very customer service focused with both candidates and clients alike and is also used to responding quickly to urgent requests. She has a pool of quality temps and freelancers ready and available even at short notice.

Industry Spotlight: Temping



Welcome to Atwood Tate’s industry spotlight series, where we go behind the scenes of each of our recruitment desks to give you the scoop on working with Atwood Tate. Our first entry is with our wonderful temps and freelancers desk, manned by Kellie Millar and Alison Redfearn. Kellie and Alison help clients not just in London but nationwide, and they work with temps and freelancers at all levels, in all publishing sectors from trade and education to Scientific and academic as well as professional and B2B. They also proudly help and support many interns gain their first paid assignments in publishing. The temps desk is supported by Anna Slevin, who helps with on-boarding new temps, administering holiday pay and dealing with all time sheet or payroll issues.

How can temping benefit my career?

Companies can’t always predict when they’ll need someone. The requirements can come fast and without notice and are urgent. If you’ve been struggling to get a job, through temping, you could actually start working tomorrow.

Due to the urgency of the requirement, sometimes, there isn’t even time for an interview. At most, the client may ask for just a quick, informal phone call so they can ask some relevant questions and gauge a candidate’s answers and then hire. That’s how quick it can be sometimes – you might hear from us on Monday and start working on Tuesday. Sometimes, our temps move directly from one role to another, developing new skills and using the temping experience to further their publishing careers step by step, or even get made permanent! Temps can be booked to cover sick leave, holiday, special projects or to take the pressure off a team whilst they are recruiting for a permanent role – they may even hire you!

What type of job sectors do you cover?

We cover temp and freelance roles across the book, journal and B2B magazine sector as well as  the ever evolving digital publishing and IT technology sectors within Editorial, Marketing, Sales and Production, Product Development, E-Learning as well as Admin and Customer Support.

What type of roles can I get as a temp?

Here is a small sample of roles we have placed!

  • Social Media and Marketing Assistant, Trade Publisher
  • Customer Support Administrator, Magazine Publisher
  • Editorial Assistant (Exams), Educational Publisher
  • Brand and Marketing Executive, Children’s Publisher
  • Production Controller, Arts Publisher
  • Part time Publicity Assistant, Non Fiction
  • Publicity Manager, Fiction Publisher
  • Marketing Executive, Scientific Publisher
  • Legislation Editor, Legal publisher
  • Freelance Sub Editor, B2B publisher

How would I get paid?

Temps are added to Atwood Tate’s payroll and get paid on a weekly basis, on an hourly rate. We use online timesheets for you to record your hours, which your manager approves. Temps also accrue holiday pay and can also opt into pensions too. Payments are paid directly into your bank account each Friday, just in time for the weekend!

What if I want to go permanent?

Temping can be an excellent route to finding a permanent role in publishing. You can treat the temporary assignment like a working interview and network with your team and various departments to learn about roles that may be coming up. There is the possibility while you are temping to be offered a permanent role. You can also apply for any internal roles you see being advertised. The beauty of temping is the variety, the opportunity to explore. More senior candidates also enjoy the flexibility that temping or freelancing offers. For those of you starting out, you can build up your admin and publishing experience and even if you don’t go temp to perm through your temp assignment, the experience gained and added to your growing CV, will put you in good stead for applying for future permanent roles.

For more information about temping or freelancing do feel free to contact us via Atwood Tate’s “Meet the team” page or to apply for temp and freelancer roles visit our job pages 


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Pensions and Temporary Workers

I was reading a book a few nights ago about saving for a pension, as new legislation has been introduced to enrol employees into pension schemes. Not only is this applicable to employees but also temporary workers.

Employees as well as temporary workers will automatically be enrolled into pension schemes where employers match a percentage of the contributions they make. From June 2016 any of Atwood Tate’s temporary workers will be automatically enrolled in our pension scheme after 12 weeks in the same assignment, unless you choose to ‘opt out’. But the contributions you do make into a pension scheme are tax deductible. The minimum contribution by employees is 1% contribution with employers matching this 1% payment. This is set to increase over the following years.

As Manager of the Temps and Freelance Team here, I was a bit sceptical about temporary workers making pensions contributions. Temps work in short term assignments how can it possibly work for them to make pension contributions?  Also when you’re young and you have your whole life in front of you, the last thing you want to think about is saving for old age and retirement.

However, what I learned in this book was something my parents failed to educate me on.

I was intrigued to read, the older you get the bigger your contributions need to be and the more money you should be saving. Being originally from the US and Canada, I also learned you won’t get a full pension in the UK if you have lived here less than 35 years. The book also said the government can only do so much and is trying to make us aware now that you won’t be able to afford to do so many lovely things on a state pension.  Pension legislation is complicated but there are people out there to help.

After reading this, I realised this scheme also helps make people of all ages think about the value of saving, not just for a rainy day, but for all of those wonderful things you will be able to finally do when the kids have left home and you are no longer in the working world, free to enjoy your retirement.

I also started to warm to the idea that starting to save for a pension as a temporary worker is a beginning and a way to get you started early. The younger you are the less you need to start contributing.

I now understand it’s a good idea to save a little now and you can still have holidays when you finally don’t have to work anymore. Live your dreams now and in the future and with good advice and a plan, you can!

For general Pension advice:

If you’d like to more about temping with Atwood Tate and the latest legislation, have a look at our brochure with more information and guidance. Please also call us to sign up!

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Bookcareers Career Clinic

After a very successful turnout at this year’s London Book Fair, Atwood Tate’s Christina Dimitriadi, Consultant for Editorial, Rights and Contracts, and Kellie Millar, Manager of the Temps and Freelance team, enjoyed participating in LBF16’s Bookcareers Career Clinic.

Careers Clinic LBF16 KM and CD (2)

The event was widely publicised as was clear from the crowds of eager publishing job seekers flooding through the doors as soon as the event started in the beautiful Olympia Room!

Tables were lined up with industry HR experts from the biggest names in publishing and the best in specialist publishing recruitment, all ready to answer questions about working in the publishing world.

Christina and Kellie answered a variety of questions from how to get a job in publishing, how to turn internships into paid work, how to change departments and even how to move into publishing from another industry.  There were questions on how to write a CV, creating CV summary paragraphs for focus and impact, as well as how to do well in an interview. People were also curious as to how temporary and freelance roles differ from permanent job opportunities.

On top of our expert advice we were also ready with our handouts offering additional information to candidates who were able to take these away with them and put our advice into practice.

Despite the crowds, there was enough help on hand from so many people in the publishing industry devoting their time despite their busy schedules to such a special cause. It was a wonderful experience to meet so many eager and excited people who are as passionate about publishing as we all are.

For more advice about getting into publishing whether it be temping, freelance, contract or permanent roles, feel free to contact Kellie or Christina or have a look at our website,  Or the Bookcareers website

Here are our useful handouts to download!  Useful Links  Writing a winning publishing CV

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IPG Autumn Conference 2015


This year’s IPG Autumn Conference took place on November 12th. Here are some of Kellie’s highlights.

Nielsen first Independent publisher industry report

The Conference unveiled some of the key findings from the first ever Independent Publishing Report.  As Nielsen’s Jo Henry pointed out, the report finds independents to be in buoyant mood amid all the challenges. Digital accounts for more than 20% of sales at one in five IPG members now, publishers’ average number of full-time staff is just over nine, and that only 3% want Britain to leave the European Union in next year’s ‘Brexit’ poll. HE Academic was a tough market. There was growth in Education and Children’s. Paperbacks had good sales 55% and so did hardback sales. Ebooks were 12% of sales. Publishers are using freelancers. Editorial, Design, Marketing, Sales and Production were the top teams where they were used. There are staffing gaps in specialist roles as well as knowledge gaps. Another good thing about IPGs is that they are able to look at new writers, and develop a great brand.

How to be a Productivity Ninja

Graham Allcott, author of How to be a Productivity Ninja shared lots of useful advice for sharpening up all our working days. Try to stay relaxed, switch off Facebook, keep your email inbox at zero, take inspiration from others, maintain checklists and resist the always-available culture.  He also suggests to have a “have done” list of what you have achieved. This helps to create positivity. Sending “Thank you” cards creates gratitude and continues the happy abundant flow, leading to Zen-like publishing calm.

India is a new growth market for Independents

Philippa Malicka of Ingram discussed the size of the Indian book market. Education, online retail and regional languages are among the big opportunities—though piracy, tricky pricing decisions and tortuous distribution remain big obstacles.

Partnership publishing is flourishing

A Conference session on partnerships in trade publishing showed the power of linking up the skills of independents with respected brands. Phil Turner of Meze showed how his company’s localised partnerships with restaurants and chefs had led to big cookbook sales.

James Spackman on Building an Independent Brand

”Publisher brands are important and there’s never been a better time to develop one,” said James Spackman of Profile’s new Pursuit imprint. He pointed to examples of great branding at Galley Beggar Press, Pushkin Press, Nosy Crow and Unbound. Unbound put letters of thanks in their books, When Nosy Crow recruit, they ask the question “are they of the crow?” Canongate gush with enthusiasm to their authors– had couch at Frankfurt book fair, “we want to meet you”, and emphasised the importance of thinking about branding in every aspect of operations—right down to the appearance of the office. Bloomsbury’s book filled reception also mentioned as not seen as an author friendly space.

Amazon Marketing Services have set up an ad auction so booksellers can advertise on Amazon to get prime ad space. They bid pence for prime space and can use an ad budget of £100. Can keep bidding on the space to keep prime slot.

Independent publishing careers can flourish

Tom Bonnick of Nosy Crow and Andrew Furlow of Icon, past and present winners of the IPG Young Independent Publisher of the Year Award spoke about their experiences of working in the independent publishing industry. Their companies had given them many opportunities across publishing. This can lead to unconventional career paths at independent publishers. Independent publishers also have a lack of fear to try new things. “It’s not a path you could have in a corporate publisher,” agreed Andrew Furlow of Icon Books. But both said publishing needed to give more attention to training and recruiting new skill sets—things that will feed into training work the IPG will be doing over the next few years.


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Byte the Book’s- Blogs, Vlogs and Books: How can you use different platforms to build an audience.

This Byte the Book event focussed on discussions about content across different platforms and how best to use each medium successfully. The discussion was chaired by journalist Daisy Buchanan and her panelists included: Lisa Edwards (publisher at Carlton Books and author of the blog Because I Can), Rosie Allimonos (Digital Content Expert at YouTube) and Greg Jenner (Author of A Million Years in a Day – A History of Everyday Life and Historical Consultant to Horrible Histories).

Greg commented how blogging taught him how to become a better writer and how using a platform with an audience already there helped him to attract followers. He approached the Huffington Post directly and has his work spread across different platforms. Having an audience for his writing also gave him some clout when pitching to publishers for his book.

Rosie commented on how Vlogs are being used by older people, especially in beauty and can also be used to gain valuable audience feedback for writers such as ”The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green.

Social talent agencies are also now on the rise looking for social media writers such as “Buzzfeed”.

When it comes to building your social media brand as a writer, stick to your values and pick a unique quality about you that you can repeat. Also write in 1st person narratives as this is an effective way to get an audience to identify with you, and break down a wall. Blogging can be like keeping a diary or journal. They also used the example of  “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  In order to keep things interesting in your writing, throw in a bit of jeopardy and surprises.

Twitter was also mentioned and how to keep tweets real in 140 characters. You can use twitter to be bold, intelligent but make sure you have a safe audience when making opinions.

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Temping, On the Runway Towards Paid Employment

I would like to give hope to those interns out there slogging their guts out and working for free. You are developing the skills for the new publishing age and are the new stars of the industry. This is where a great temps recruiter can help you with that next step and getting paid. As a temp, you are not yet in a stable role, but this time you can actually afford a round at the bar!

As an intern you are on your own. Thrown in at the deep end, no one to hold your hand.  Well, a recruiter, acts as your agent. They keep in contact with their talent and develop a partnership. They do a lot of work on your behalf, also informing you about new jobs as they arise.

When you are temping, there is a lot of trust involved. Clients provide a set of criteria and instructions to follow. It is up to a recruiter to meet that criteria. When a recruiter gives you advice such as amending your CV or writing a cover letter, that recruiter is trying their best to help you get a job and also meet the client’s demands. Publishing is a very competitive industry for you and for them. It may take that little bit of extra work but once when you are on your way to getting your first pay packet how happy will you be?

Once when you are in a temporary job, you need to make sure that your line manager is happy but so is your recruiter. It sounds like a lot of pressure, I know. But when the client feeds back to the recruiter with glowing reports about your work, guess who the recruiter calls again?  It is also very important to get your timesheet signed by your line manager and back to the recruiter every week. This document helps you get paid. It is easy to forget in the beginning, and your recruiter will remind you to get it submitted on time, but as a temp, it is your responsibility to remember. A good recruiter doesn’t just throw you in at the deep end, they email and call to see how you are getting on, and answer any questions you may have.

The relationship you have with your recruiter does not have to stop with one assignment.  Ok, so you may get another internship or work for someone else.  When the time comes, you will call your recruiter again because they showed they cared about you, made sure you had all the knowledge necessary and helped you with interview tips to land that all important paid role.

But remember too. You also helped that recruiter by being the star that you are, proving yourself and doing a great job.  When the time comes and you have the power to use an agency to recruit staff, your recruiter wants you to remember them fondly too.

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