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!
skills do I need to work in an editorial role?
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!
I change publishing sector later in my career?
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.
just to sum up:
curious and do keep an open mind when it comes to editorial roles
and publishing sectors
your research and speak to people! It’s the best way to discover
what a particular editorial position involves or learn more about different
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.
flexible if you are trying to move into a new sector of publishing.
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
If you want some more information then check our other blog!
What do marketers in Publishing do?
are responsible for promoting a publisher or client’s products or services in
order to reach their target audience. Marketing can be either traditional (e.g.
print advertisements, brochures, flyers) or digital (e.g. social media, email
campaigns, websites, SEO, digital advertising). The main goal of marketing is
to generate sales. Nearly all marketing roles that we recruit for do have a
strong digital element, so it is important to keep these skills up to date.
easy is it to transfer your marketing skills into a role in publishing?
skills and knowledge that you develop in marketing are highly transferable,
especially if you have particular expertise or a specialism that is in demand.
Marketers often need to have strong copywriting skills and a keen eye for
detail, as well as excellent communication and relationship building skills. An
up-to-date knowledge of the sector you’d like to work in as well as an understanding
of the company and its target market, will strengthen your application.
marketing roles do we work on?
work on marketing roles in book, journal, magazine publishing and events across
all sectors and related industries.
Content marketing is also a growing area. No matter the sector,
marketing is a highly creative role and publishers are always looking for
imaginative strategies and innovative ways to engage audiences. As there are so
many marketing roles, there are many opportunities for career progression. If
you’re interested in a marketing role or would like to find out more, we would
love to hear from you!
just to sum up:
- Marketers are responsible for promoting a publisher or client’s products or services in order to reach their target audience and generate sales.
- The skills and knowledge that you develop in marketing are highly transferable, especially if you have particular expertise or a specialism that is in demand.
- Marketing is a creative role so it’s important that you market yourself as well as your product. Be authentic and think about your personal brand!
- PLANNING! Get a marketing plan at least 3-6 months ahead of publication date!
-Advice from our Publishing Recruitment Consultant, Catherine Roney