Our administrator Ellie will be attending this Bookmachine event on the 29th March, at the Library in St Martin’s Lane. Learn all about BookTube from an established BookTuber
Sanne Vliegenthart. It is sure to be an interesting evening filled with fascinating new facts and fun!
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Our consultants Claire Louise Kemp and Alison Redfearn will be attending the Oxford Brookes Working in Publishing day this year.
It’s on the 28th March at 2:00pm. We will be talking about it on social media beforehand so be sure to keep at eye out on our twitter: @AtwoodTate
Advice from the Careers Clinic
Last week two of our consultants, Alison and Karine attended the London Book Fair Careers Clinic, run by bookcareers.com.
For all of those who were unable to attend the book fair or the Careers Clinic we wanted to provide you with the information which was most requested by those that attended.
How to write a Good CV:
We have many blog posts on writing a good CV, which you can read here:
The main things to remember when writing a CV is to include all of your publishing experience and to keep it clean and simple.
You must also remember a Cover Letter. The main thing about a cover letter is that you tailor it to each job you apply for. Try not to over complicate things and keep it as concise as possible.
For more information on cover letters take a look at this blog post:
The most popular questions at the Careers Clinic were about work experience.
We don’t handle work experience or internships. But to gain an entry-level job in publishing you need to have at least 3 month’s work experience in publishing.
You can gain this experience through a work experience placement, internship or through temping.
For more information about temping take a look at this post written by our temp team’s administrator Michael:
Temping is a great way to gain paid work experience, and possibly gain a full-time job upon completion of your contract. If you’re looking for an entry-level role Alison Redfearn and Kellie Millar, our temps team consultants, are your best point of contact at Atwood Tate.
For more information about looking for work experience, internships and other ways to gain experience within publishing we suggest you look at our Work Experience and Entry-Level resources page:
We hope all of this helps you on your career search. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have about gaining experiencing, applying for roles or registering with us online.
To register with Atwood Tate you can upload your CV and preferences here, and we will get back to you with information as soon as possible: Registration page.
You can also take a look at our publishing resources leaflet which we were handing out at the careers clinic: Publishing Resources Leaflet
London Book Fair | Our Thoughts
Last week was the London Book Fair and it was an extremely successful and enjoyable week for all those that attended. A lot of deals were made, books were announced and on our stand we had a lot of conversations with job-seekers.
You can take a look at some of the stands at the fair and the events that took place in our YouTube video.
We thought we would share some of our favourite moments of the book fair this year as it was such a great week.
Our Favourite Moments
Alison thoroughly enjoyed meeting people at the Careers Clinic on Thursday. She hopes that it was as helpful as it was fun.
Karine was very pleased to see so many people taking part in our daily book-token competition, with many people coming up to the stand to say ‘Atwood Tate we’re hear you’re great!’ She also enjoyed the ALPSP event on Tuesday afternoon.
The stands at the fair this year were fantastic! Kellie was very impressed by the Usborne stand which was decorated like a tree-house – you can see it in our YouTube video. Ellie enjoyed wandering around the fair meeting all the different people, seeing the stands and the general going-ons of the event.
Helen enjoyed talking to people at the Faber stand. They were handing out milk bottle sweets to celebrate the announcement of a new book The Secret Life of Cows. They were ‘over the moo-oon’.
Not only were the stands well decorated but the general decoration of the fair was wonderful. There was a yellow brick road seating area to celebrate the news that Michael Morpurgo, the fair’s author of the day on Thursday, was writing a re-telling of the Wizard of Oz from Toto’s perspective. There was a also a seating area made of giant Stilettos and lips for seats, which was Christina’s favourite.
The seminars this year were fascinating. We attended numerous talks and learnt a great deal of things about the publishing industry. For more details on what we discovered at a seminar on the effects of Brexit on publishing see here.
Michael’s favourite part of the whole fair was the atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly, happy to talk and to take pictures.
Meeting people at the fair, both clients and job-seekers, was the definite highlight of ours at Atwood Tate. We had fun and we hope you did too.
Brexit – Good News or Bad News for the Publishing Industry?
Brexit has been one of the talking points of this year’s London Book Fair. It was no surprise to find the Olympia Room heaving with seminar attendees, attending a seminar on the effects of brexit on publishing so far, and to come.
The panel included:
- Rosa Wilkinson – Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade
- Ian Hudson – CEO of DK, and previous CEO of Penguin Random House (English Language) and deputy CEO of Penguin Random House UK.
- Nick Hilman – Director at Higher Education Policy Institute
- Stephen Lotinga – The Publisher’s Association Chief Executive
The seminar was an hour long and full of a lot of interesting points.
Rosa Wilkinson was quick to reassure the audience that the government is preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU in two years’ time.
Her department are researching the different streams of trade and business within the UK, opening dialogues with industries – including the publishing industry – to learn what they need to get out of brexit after Article 50 is enacted.
The trade department feels ‘like the fat end of the funnel’. They are gathering as much information as possible to help the UK understand the benefits and opportunities they have from leaving the EU.
Her final lines of her opening thoughts were that she thinks brexit will be good for the publishing industry. But she can’t be sure. She will work hard to make it possible however.
Ian Hudson’s views were positive, yet wary. He doesn’t believe brexit has to be bad economically, and that we can use it for our advantage.
For example, using DK as his prime example, 75% of DK products are printed by the printers outside of the UK in Europe and the Far East. Brexit could offer the chance for UK printers to compete on international markets.
His main concerns focused more towards the staffing issues publishing companies may face; with Brexit causing so much uncertainty for EU citizens living in Britain, and British citizens living in the EU.
DK is a global publishing company:
- 63 different languages
- 1000 employees worldwide
- 500 in London, 81 members of the London staff do not own British passports
Diversity and international talent is crucial to DK, but also to Britain as Britain is multi-cultural country. Publishing companies need to be able to recruit worldwide to develop books for the global market.
He stated that it was ‘inhuman’ that Theresa May hasn’t yet guaranteed a right to remain to European staff within Britain. It not only affects the employees currently working in Britain but also the future recruitment of European citizens to Britain.
When the floor was opened for questions HarperCollins CEO Charlie Redmayne stated that Polish workers in the HarperCollins Scottish outposts were ‘going back home’ over the uncertainty of brexit, the effect of the falling pound on earnings and the lack of control and security over their own jobs.
Hudson believes that Government needs to be less populist about immigration and understand that the publishing industry needs people from abroad for language, culture and skills that aren’t necessarily nurtured or found easily within this country. Doing something about immigration when Brexit first happened was just ‘doing something’, he claimed.
He also discussed the topic of Copyright and Piracy laws. Previously these laws within which affect Britain were passed within the EU. But with brexit Britain has the chance to create their own laws for copyright and piracy laws. It is the chance for the government to create a robust framework, as he feels Britain have been the voice of reason within the EU about the laws.
Nick Hilman main focus was on the effects of Brexit on academic publishing and research within the UK.
He feels that the University’s within Britain did not play their hand very well. They did not listen to the communities within which their universities were situated or their students.
In one university more than a quarter of all students wanted UKIP campaigns to be banned from their university entirely. Another university believed so strongly that the community surrounding the campus was going to vote remain that they didn’t campaign, and all of the constituencies actually voted leave. For these mistakes the universities, research facilities and academic sector are now suffering the consequences.
The main concern within academia and research is the freedom of movement for students and staff. In recent studies it is thought that with Brexit the number of EU students attending British universities will fall by 57%, if they’re not entitled to tuition loans and have to pay full international fees. University and Academic staff are suffering the same uncertainty of DK staff members, with over 20,000 staff members from Europe concerned about their freedom of movement. Many are already choosing to leave already.
Hilman did strike a positive; with Brexit comes the opportunity for Britain to delve deeper into research, such as nanotechnology, space research and other science research, which was blocked by the EU previously. But funding promised to academia has yet to be given and there is uncertainty that such funding will be received after Article 50 is enacted.
Hilman’s main steps for the future:
- The government need to confirm the funding arrangement for EU students starting courses in 2018.
- Staff mobility at UK universities needs to be at the heart of the Brexit communications going forward
- The outward mobility of students, and publishers, from Britain going abroad should be encouraged. For British workers to bring back knowledge and understanding for labour markets going forward.
- There needs to be more support for academia
The panel was then open for follow up remarks.
Wilkinson stated that recruitment from international audiences would not be a problem. No one is going to be kicked out of the country. She encouraged the need to retain talent and to recruit talent to Britain. She also stated that Copyright laws were high on their list of important topics to discuss and clarify further, as well as the grants for funding for the smaller businesses and industries.
‘We are leaving the EU, not the planet,’ she said. Reminding everyone that Britain still holds a voice within the world’s industry.
At the end of the interesting and heated panel the chair, Stephen asked one question to the audience:
Is Brexit good news or bad news for publishing?
The vote of hands was unanimous: bad news.
We will be attending the London Book Fair this year! From the 14th-16th March this is your opportunity to attend an exciting event and learn about the inner workings of publishing. You can attend seminars, network and meet fellow publishers!
We will be on Stand 3B26 (in Tech) if you want to come and chat with us. We’re happy to answer your questions! You could even attend the Career’s Clinic on the 16th! Two our consultants – Karine & Alison – will be offering advice about how to enter the world of publishing!
For more information about the London Book Fair make sure you check out the official website! You can view the Insight Guide for further details about Seminars as well as register to attend!
You can also follow London Book Fair on Twitter and keep an eye on the official hashtag #LBF17! Over the course of the three days everyone in publishing will be tweeting like crazy!
We’ll be blogging about the event before we attend, having currently blogged about 5 Reasons Why you should attend the London Book Fair! But there is plenty of information about there about what to expect and what to bring!
We’re available via social media to answer any questions you may have about attending and about where to find us for a chat or discussion!
World Book Day
Today is World Book Day, a day in which we celebrate the written word. And on such an occasion, some might ask, Well, do books really need a day? Here in the publishing industry, we certainly think so. In fact, books are perhaps more important than ever, given recent trends in which reading has become portrayed as the pastime of ivory tower academics, out of touch with the real world, rather than the tool with which we better every aspect of our lives, from education to, as some studies show, improving empathy.
The writer William Nicholson once wrote “We read to know we’re not alone.” He credited these words to CS Lewis, the author responsible for one of the most beloved fictional universes in literary history. They succinctly describe the reason why reading has never fallen out of fashion. Despite the drastic changes to entertainment brought about by the digital age. With sales for George Orwell and Margaret Atwood soaring since a certain president’s recent inauguration, it shows that people still go to the same place they always have for comfort.
Everyone remembers the book they read as a child that changed the way they thought. They remember the time they encountered a world they wanted to live in more than their own. They remember people who don’t exist as well as they remember the people in their own lives. Everyone has that book (or books!) they’ll never sell, that moves from one home to another like a member of the family.
Here, at Atwood Tate, we’re proud to work with all kinds of publishers, helping people find their dream jobs in an industry that couldn’t be more head-over-heels in love with books. So, to celebrate World Book Day and the publishing industry, tweet us your favourite book @AtwoodTate and shout out to the writers who changed your life!
Things to Bring to the London Book Fair 2017
The London Book Fair 2017 is fast approaching! It’s only 2 weeks away! And it’s time to get prepared.
Whether you are a publisher, a candidate, an author or a reader you need to remember to bring certain things to the London Book Fair. Not only your ticket but items which will make your day much more enjoyable!
Remember to bring:
- You must remember your tickets! You will be checked on the door for your ticket and directed into the correct part of the building. There are three floors at the London Book Fair including the two floors of the fair itself and the International Rights Centre at the top of the building. You can register and buy your printable tickets online at the LBF website.
- We are the only recruitment company attending the fair with a stand, come say hello at: stand 3B26 (in Tech). We are also taking part in the Careers Clinic on the Thursday. Bring your CV to talk to help you talk to one of our consultants and to show at the Career’s Clinic. We may even take a copy of your CV, so print more than one – but don’t bring a folder. The majority of the people at the LBF are there to make deals with other publishers, not to recruit. Network with publishers at stands, but don’t force your CV on them. Instead offer…
- If you’re an author, candidate or a client and have a business card, be sure to bring them. People don’t have that much time to stop and chat at the fair, so give them a business card with details on how to get in touch. This is a great way to get noticed and remembered.
- Take some photos of the event! Whether to share on social media or simply to keep track of companies you are interested in. The London Book Fair is a social event as much as an industry one, so why not take a few snaps.
- Do not underestimate the size of the Olympia – where the LBF takes place. The floors are crowded with people, stands and cafes. You will need to walk everywhere so make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes.
Bottle of Water:
- Water is imperative at events like these. You will be walking a lot in large crowds and the queues for the café get astronomical by lunch time. Be sure to bring some water with you to stay hydrated and comfortable all day.
- If you’re attending an event, be it a seminar, an author event or the Careers Clinic, so bring a notebook with you. Taking notes is encouraged. There’s a lot to remember and a lot to see. Keep track of all of it to stay informed.
- If you’re meeting people you will need to communicate to find them, as shouting across the hall will not work. You can also use your phone to live-tweet and follow the London Book Fair twitter account and the official Book Fair hashtag #LBF17! People will be live-tweeting all day! Following the events on twitter is a great way to keep track of events and new throughout the day.
Make sure you keep note of these things to make the most of your attendance at the London Book Fair.
Have you bought your tickets yet? Printed off your map? Finalised which Seminars you want to attend? Found out where the seminars are and what time they start?
Types of Sales Roles in B2B Publishing
There are many different types of sales roles within publishing. It is worth asking what type of sales role you are applying for, and highlighting which type you’ve done on your CV, when applying for a job.
Our Sales Consultant in the London office, Olivia, has put together a list of the key types of sales roles to explain further.
The key types are:
- Delegate – selling delegate spaces (i.e. tickets) to attend events and conferences
- Sponsorship – selling sponsorship opportunities for events. It can also refer to sponsored editorial content, which is when companies pay to publish an article in your publication as a way of promoting their own brand.
- Advertising – selling advertising space. Can be either print (e.g. a print publication or magazine) or online (eg. a website). It can also be classified (i.e. no graphics, inexpensive small messages) or display (these include graphics and colour and might take up half a page or more).
- Subscriptions – selling a subscription to a product. Can be print (e.g. a print publication or magazine) or digital (e.g. an online database or service).
- Conference production – this isn’t really classified as media sales. It’s basically a varied mix of sales, marketing, editorial and project management but for entry level conference production roles clients usually want someone with some sales experience, such as delegate sales.
A B2B Sales role, for example, could involve just one or several of these types of sales. It’s quite common to see delegate and sponsorship sales together or delegate and subscriptions.
Generally the skill set required for each type of sales role, and the types of clients they deal with, will be similar. But it’s always best to check with our consultants beforehand which ones the role involves just to avoid confusion.
For more information about Sales roles you can view our current vacancies page and select Sales in preferences.