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Bite Sized Series: Exciting Editorial

Is it difficult to get an editorial role in publishing?

Some Editorial positions are notoriously competitive (particularly in trade publishing). But there are so many different types of editorial jobs, from editorial assistant, desk editor, project editor to commissioning editors, etc… and so many different types of publishing sectors, there must be an Editorial role waiting for you! Do not forget about educational, scientific or professional publishing, as these are very dynamic and rewarding areas of publishing. How do you learn about these? Research and networking! Talk to publishing professionals, attend events to get to know different markets, get in touch with your recruiter. Keep an open mind when looking for an editorial role as the right opportunity might be at a publisher you’ve never heard of before!

What skills do I need to work in an editorial role?

It really depends on the editorial role you are trying to get. If you are intending to go towards commissioning, a commercial mind set and networking skills are essential, as well as a strong relationship building aptitude. If you are considering project editing, then project management and organisation would come in handy. Generally a good attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills and the will to learn are valued in an editorial role. Soft skills are all the rage, and a positive, flexible and a proactive approach to work will get you places!

Can I change publishing sector later in my career?

Of course you can! The first job you get doesn’t determine the rest of your career. But try to explore a few routes at the beginning of your career maybe to find that special publishing industry you love. Or be prepared to be flexible if you are considering moving publishing sectors when you have already gained solid experience. You will have developed transferrable skills and valuable experience. But for more senior roles, publishers usually require established knowledge of their sector/type of list, so you might have to take a step down in order to break into a new sector.

So just to sum up:

  • Be curious and do keep an open mind when it comes to editorial roles and publishing sectors
  • Do your research and speak to people! It’s the best way to discover what a particular editorial position involves or learn more about different publishing sectors
  • Work on your soft skills (we have a blog on this)! You will develop many as you gain experience, but a friendly and positive attitude is your best bet to start.
  • Be flexible if you are trying to move into a new sector of publishing.

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Bite Sized Series: Super Sales

What is sales in Publishing?

Sales role can vary in different ways – you can be doing an office-based sales role or it can also be home working with a company car where you drive to meet clients on site.  Sales in publishing is often a very friendly environment and it is more of a warm selling because bookseller/wholesalers knows what sells the best for them.

Are sales roles all about cold calling?

Not at all!  A Business Development role, which in most cases means cold-calling and developing new client relationships.  However, Key Account roles is more of a relationship-building role with your designated clients/regions.  For Sales Representative roles, you will be most likely travel a lot, from arranging meetings to face-to-face, you will get to visit your region a lot.

The perks? Travelling!
Sales role, especially international sales means there are unlimited opportunities to travel with the role.  I once talked to a candidate who looks after international sales who has travelled from the UK to Singapore, then Australia and back.  When I was working in publishing sales back in Hong Kong, I was also very excited to have trips travelling to Frankfurt for the book fair and then Shanghai and Beijing too.  If you love travelling, you will not be disappointed!

So just to sum up:

  • The secret to successful sales is all about having passion for what you are selling
  • Friendly, observant and knowledge (of the market) will help you go a long way
  • Sales is the bridge between the customers and the publishing team. You will often bring back market feedback to the editorial and marketing team so you can all bring more success to the list
  • Budgeting and planning trips are usually included in the job too, so good numeric skills will definitely help

-Advice from our Publishing Recruitment Consultant, Clare Chan

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