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Q&A Round Up

Last week was the Publishers Association’s #workinpublishing week! We did a Q&A on Twitter – if you missed it, you can catch up here.

Q: What are the key features recruiters look for in a CV and Cover Letter when recruiting for entry level publishing jobs?

A: Office/admin experience is useful across the board, as are work experience, internships or temp roles in publishing houses! A well written, clear and concise cover letter will also get you a long way.

Q: How important do you think events like literary events and trade shows are?

A: Getting to know people at industry events can be really useful, especially as you can get a feel for different roles and sectors! Having said that, it’s not compulsory, so if you don’t live in London and you can’t get to events easily, don’t worry!

Q: When considering a job offer, it’s not just about salary. What else should candidates be thinking about?

A: Consider what’s important to you – the commute time, flexible working opportunities, training/professional development and company benefits!

Q: What are the most desirable additional tools to have experience in?

A: It depends on the role! But skills like InDesign, social media, general admin/database experience are useful for a lot of publishing work.

Q: I have a lot of volunteer experience with indie pubs, and I’m starting to look for my first publishing job. What would you say my next step should be?

A: Sounds like you should start applying for entry-level roles! You’d also be a great temping candidate, which can sometimes lead to long term roles.

Q: how can I make myself stand out from the hundreds of other graduates when applying for jobs?

A: Make your cover letter stand out by talking about your work experience, any temp roles, admin experience, and extracurricular interests which give you transferable skills!

Q: Are entry level publishing roles hard to come by? I feel like I haven’t seen many around since I graduated.

A: Entry-level roles are VERY competitive so get filled quickly, but a great way to get your foot in the door is through temping! Register with us for temping opportunities and we may be able to help.

Q: What are the most in demand roles in publishing?

A: Most people want to work in editorial, but publishers are always looking for Commissioning Editors and Production Controllers!

Q: What are your top tips for writing a good CV?

A: Be clear and concise, use bullet points, and put most relevant experience at the top! No long paragraphs please! For more tips see our blog post here.

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Guest Post: What will defy, embrace or become a disruption in scholarly publishing?

We are thrilled to bring you a guest post on our blog from Jessica Edwards, as she reflects her thoughts on the BookMachine’s recent event, ‘Scholarly Publishing: Crossing the Rubicon’.

What will defy, embrace or become a disruption in scholarly publishing?

Thoughts from BookMachine’s latest event

‘Scholarly Publishing: Crossing the Rubicon’

By Jessica Edwards

The Jam Factory, Oxford, 7 September 2017

Image courtesy of Michael Belcher, Marketing Manager at Ingenta

Image courtesy of Michael Belcher, Marketing Manager at Ingenta

Last Thursday, as I trundled slowly towards Oxford (kicking myself for accidentally catching a slow train – who knew there were quite so many stations between Reading and Oxford?!) I wondered what was in store at BookMachine’s latest event, ‘Scholarly Publishing: Crossing the Rubicon’. Arriving at The Jam Factory, I scanned the room of busily-networking people and took a deep breath. Although I’ve now worked in publishing for over 2 years, and always enjoy chatting to inspired publishing-types, a few seconds of panic always descends when, turning from the table of beverages, glass in hand, the reality hits that one must shuffle into a group at random and strike up a conversation. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to approach two lovely individuals from Atwood Tate – Claire Louise Kemp and Alice Crick. Not only were they extremely friendly, our conversation (and Claire Louise spotting me scribbling notes during the panel discussion) led to the suggestion, offer, and composition of this blog post!

My name’s Jess Edwards, and I’m currently Marketing Executive at Gale, a Cengage Company. Gale creates digital resources (from journal and eBook databases to digital archives) for academic, special, school and government libraries worldwide. Consequently, when the advert for BookMachine’s scholarly publishing seminar popped into my inbox, it not only looked interesting but extremely relevant to my current position, and I quickly purchased an early-bird ticket!

There were four engaging speakers on the panel. Phill Jones, Director of Innovation at Digital Science, a company who invest and nurture research start-ups creating software to aid scientific research; Charlie Rapple, Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Kudos, a platform which increases research impact by driving discovery and facilitating the sharing of academic work; Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect, a publisher-facing content management system that enables publishers to convert, store and deliver digital content; and Duncan Campbell, Director of Digital Licensing and Sales Partnerships at John Wiley & Sons, ranked ninth on the Publisher’s Weekly list of the world’s 50 largest publishers, 2017. Bringing together speakers (and an audience) from both large, established publishers and newer, often technology-based start-ups, led to some interesting discussion on the relationships between the two; the responsibilities of each; and whether one or the other is best placed to cope with the disruptive forces in publishing – or themselves be disruptive.

The discussion generated by the panel was wide-ranging and insightful, broadening my understanding of the challenges, relationships and roles in publishing beyond my own. It made me think more deeply about the hugely influential and clearly disruptive issues looming over the industry, as well as the ideas and innovations which currently exist around the edges of the industry, meeting niche requirements today, but which could, in time, disrupt, engulf or evolve the whole publishing landscape.

Insights and topics of discussion that I found particularly intriguing include:

  • The symbiotic relationship between start-ups and established publishers

The opening discussion about innovation in publishing included the suggestion that it is more difficult for established companies to innovate – something easier for new-comers. However, there was also an agreement that innovation is a necessity at every tier of the industry. The conversation moved on to the common practice of publishers supporting innovation elsewhere; encouraging and funding the technological start-ups often responsible for floating fresh new ideas. The arguments were put forward that these start-ups rely on funding and support from the publishing establishment, who had a responsibility to nurture them. Yet the establishment in turn rely on the innovation of the start-ups for their own development and evolution – often acquiring them down-the-line as part of their innovation strategy – thus the relationship could be described as cyclical or symbiotic.

  • Piracy V. Green OA

Although I was relatively familiar with the term ‘Open Access’, I was not with ‘Green OA’. (This was one of the things I was inspired to google following the event, and consequently am now aware of both green and gold OA!) Reference to green OA was made in discussion of the threat and disruptive nature of piracy in the publishing industry. There was also consideration of how attitudes towards sharing have changed over time – and where the fine line now sits between piracy and OA. It was suggested that in the past, if one academic was to email an article to another based elsewhere, it would have been seen by publishers as an infringement of copyright. Now, perceptions of sharing have evolved, with the industry instead taking an observational approach; monitoring such behaviours with the intent to better understand the market. The distinction was made, however, and agreed upon unanimously by the panel, that sharing on a need-to-know basis remains different from mass-uploads by networks such as Sci-Hub. Yet it was also recognised that such ‘dark’ enterprises are also examples of innovation forcing the publishing industry to evolve. The disruptive impact of such ‘dark’ innovation was nicely summarised by Phill Jones: ‘It has forced the agenda, but at the same time, it’s not the solution.’

It’s testament to how packed, insightful and content-rich the discussion was that I could go on…! However, this blog post is already heading towards classification as a tome, so I won’t elaborate on the other interesting discussions, though will squeeze in that these included the impact of new business models such as ‘Netflix for journal articles’(!), how a trend towards trans-disciplinary research and developments in research evaluation will affect publishing, and the future of Discovery Systems.

All-in-all, I highly recommend anyone interested in learning more about a particular area of publishing, or the industry in general, goes along to a BookMachine event. Absorb what the experts have to say – it will almost certainly come in useful in the not-so-distant future – and meander your way into a conversation during the networking drinks – who knows what connections you’ll make, you might even end up writing a blog post for somebody!

A little like Where’s Wally…spot me in the stripey top! Image courtesy of Michael Belcher, Marketing Manager at Ingenta.

A little like Where’s Wally…spot me in the stripey top! Image courtesy of Michael Belcher, Marketing Manager at Ingenta.

Nb. All views are my own, and not those of Gale, Atwood Tate, or BookMachine. If I have misrepresented any of the discussion or speakers’ arguments, this is down to my own misunderstanding.

Twitter @Jessica2Edwards

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicaedwards1/

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Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek)

Academic Book Week

Academic Book Week – 23rd-28th January

From the 23rd – 28th of January it is Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek)! The world of Publishing will be celebrating the diversity, innovation and influence of Academic Books!

Here at Atwood Tate we thought we would take part by informing you about the Academic Publishing sector!

During the week we shall be running some small events to coincide with the official #AcBookWeek events, which you can read about here! All the events have been officiated by Midas PR who are running the event along with the Publisher’s Association, the British Library and many others!

What Are We Doing?

On Monday 23rd we will be releasing specifically themed Instagram posts about working in Academic Publishing and the skills required to enter.

On Tuesday 24th, our two academic publishing consultants: Christina Dimitriadi & Lisa Smars will be running a Twitter Q&A! From 12:30-1:00pm! Use the hashtag #AcBookWeek and tag @AtwoodTate to take part! They will be answering all your questions on CVs, Skills, the Academic sector and more!

On Wednesday 25th we shall be releasing further Instagram photos and filming our YouTube video! As well as releasing an Academic Publishing Infographic!

On Thursday 26th we will have a special guest post from an Academic Publishing Professional on our blog!

And finally, on Friday 27th we will be releasing a YouTube video about the Academic Sector!

If you have any questions, or want to get involved with #AcBookWeek, make sure you follow the hashtag and the official Academic Book Week twitter page!

This is the perfect time to ask your questions and network with professionals in the publishing sector! As well as attend events about academic publishing and receive discounts on academic books!

We can’t wait to take part!

Are you going to join in with #AcBookWeek? Let us know on any of our social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

And be sure to keep your eye on our own Twitter feed and blog as we participate in this fun week!

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Blogmas: Day 21

Blogmas: Day 21

We’re into the final countdown of Christmas now as it’s Day 21! Today is jam-packed with work!

It is also the last day of our Twitter Q&As! We will be answering questions from 12:30-1:30pm about any publishing subject you wish: Work Experience, CVs, Interviews…anything! Tag @AtwoodTate or use the hashtag #AskAtwood!

We will also be releasing a new blog post! So watch out for that!

Let us know if you’re excited for Christmas on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Not long now until Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 20

Blogmas: Day 20

Today is the last day of our Instagram Competitions so make sure you’ve head over there and take part to win a prize! We will also be active on Twitter and continuing to work on all registrations, jobs and future positions! We’re going to be busy but we’re always free for a chat if you need some advice on registering, a job or work experience advice!

We’ll be getting ready for tomorrow’s Q&A as well! So if you do have any outstanding question feel free to ask away then, on  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Merry Christmas!

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Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing

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For the last two weeks we have been running a Twitter Q&A every Wednesday and most of the questions have been about ‘Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing’

In a previous blog post about Work Experience we mentioned most companies require a minimum of 3-6 months’ work experience within publishing before considering applications for part-time or permanent entry-level roles. This is because Publishing is an incredibly popular business and entry-level roles are heavily applied for! Some of the larger publishers can get between 20 and 200 applications for any entry-level position, with editorial roles being the most popular!

If you really want to make your CV stand out then you need to get some work experience.

Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing

  • Atwood Tate, as a company, do not handle work experience placements but we do have a Temps Team! Our temp’s team can help you get a paid temporary job, starting tomorrow in some cases, all you need have is a small amount of admin skills or equivalent. Temps are paid weekly and can have work lasting from a fortnight to three months. To get in contact with our team and learn more about how they can help you, email Michael, their team administrator: michaellawlor@atwoodtate.co.uk
  • Twitter: A lot of people say they struggle to use twitter to find work experience but it’s all about following the right people and making connections online! For example: If you want to work at a Literary Agency follow the Literary Agents and the company pages! They are more likely to post work experience placements on twitter to gather interest from people who are clearly interested in them! It is the same for publishing companies, particularly smaller publishing houses. You can also follow certain pages which are dedicated to helping people finding jobs and work experience within publishing, for example: @PubInterns and @BookJobsUK and specific job pages for publishing houses and academic presses!
  • Facebook: Another Social Media site. A lot of the bigger named trade publishing houses have specific Work Experience Vacancies pages on Facebook. They advertise anywhere from fortnightly to yearly with opportunities for interns and work experience, from yearlong schemes to two week placements! It is well worth seeing which publishing houses are on Facebook and finding their Work Experience pages!
  • BA/MA Courses: This is not always a viable option, but if you want to learn more about publishing in an academic way or within a learning environment you can apply for multiple BA/MA courses all over the UK. Some come with guaranteed Work Experience placements as part of the modules. You get a broad overview of Publishing within these courses and will usually graduate with many skills across multiple publishing sectors and job roles. They will not guarantee you a full-time publishing position straight away upon graduation though.
  • Company Pages: Nearly all companies will post Work Experience schemes on their websites. We recommend you keep an eye on smaller, more independent, publishing houses across all sectors from trade to B2B to gain some experience. These schemes are normally less over-subscribed and in some cases can last longer than an average fortnight placement.
  • Blogs: Much like Twitter there are several blogs dedicated to finding Work Experience within publishing. To name a few: Diary of a Publishing Professional and Publishing Interns. They release weekly to monthly bulletins of all of the latest entry-level roles and work experience placements going across Book Publishing, Magazines, B2B and Newspapers across the whole of the UK.
  • The Society of Young Publishers: Open to anyone with under 10 years publishing experience. There is an annual fee to join the society but you are given access to a private jobs board with work experience and entry level roles, as well as tickets to publishing events where you can network with other publishing professionals and more! If you want to know if Networking is helpful read our blog on the subject here! It is well worth joining the SYP if you are sure you want to work within publishing.
  • Jobs Boards: Last, but not least, jobs boards. You can get job alerts from many of these jobs boards which you can tailor to the positions that you want, i.e. Publishing or B2B or Editorial etc. There are also specific job boards to Publishing as well as the standard job boards. Example: Guardian, Reed, PublishingScotland, Oxford Brookes Publishing Board, Indeed, The Bookseller and more!

We hope that these tips will help you know where to find work experience in publishing!

If you have any more questions comment below or join us for our next/last Q&A of 2016 on Wednesday 21st December at 12:30pm on Twitter. Use the hashtag #AskAtwood or tag @AtwoodTate!

Let us know what you think on our social media sites too: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Instagram.

 

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Blogmas: Day 14

Not long to go until Christmas Day! Have you got your Christmas Jumpers ready for the 16th of December? Remember it’s Christmas Jumper Day and here at Atwood Tate we’ll be rocking our jumpers to raise money for Sav the Children!

For today though we will focusing on several things:

  • Our Twitter Q&A at 12:30-1:30pm – we’ll be answering all of your questions on publishing, work experience, CVs and more! Come on over to Twitter, tag us in a post @atwoodtate or use the hashtag #AskAtwood!
  • A New Blog Post – another blogpost will be going up today – To Be Confirmed – so watch this space!
  • Instagram Advent Calendar – we’ll be posting another fact about Atwood Tate to go and check that out!

Not to mention our Christmas Giveaway – only 2 days to go! Make sure you enter before Midnight tomorrow to have a chance of winning a Huge Stocking of Christmas Goodies!

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and re-tweet the Giveaway and, for extra entries, like us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 13

Blogmas: Day 13

Only 12 days until Christmas! Can’t wait!

Don’t miss out on our Instagram Competition today – Prizes for the best answers! – not to mention our Christmas Giveaway! We will be updating our Twitter like crazy getting ready for tomorrow’s Q&A so get those questions ready! We’ll be talking all about Publishing, Christmas and more so don’t miss out!

If you didn’t see it yesterday you can also go to our Facebook page and check out our exclusive Publishing Infographics – personalised advice from professional Publishing Recruiters!

Make sure you comment, like, share and subscribe to all of out Social Media platforms for more news about Publishing, the industry and how to get a job in publishing: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, or Instagram.

Merry Christmas

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Blogmas: Day 7

Today is the day of our Twitter Q&A! We will be hosting a Q&A for 1 hour from 12:30-1:30pm (GMT) we will be taking ALL of your questions about Publishing from questions on Work Experience, CVs, Applications and more! Just ask and we’ll answer! To ask us a question tag us @AtwoodTate and use the hashtag #AskAtwood!

We will also be continuing our Atwood Advent Calendar on Instagram and be releasing another new Blog post! So keep your eyes peeled for that!

You can also still enter our Giveaway over on our Blogmas blog! Make sure you’re following us on all our Social Media to stay up to date with what else we’ve got in store: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Merry Christmas!

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Atwood Tate: Blogmas 2016

Blogmas

We don’t know about you but Christmas is our favourite time of year! It is a time of family, friends, food as well as giving, sharing and fun! Hence this year Atwood Tate are taking part in Blogmas!

For anyone unaware of ‘Blogmas’, it is the term created by bloggers who attempt to blog daily over the month of December! Now we’re not sure how feasible blogging everyday would be for a working business such as ourselves…so we are taking part in our own form of Blogmas!

From the 1st of December until the 23rd, when our offices close shop for the holidays, we will be doing lots of Christmassy, fun things tying back to Publishing!

We will be running weekly competitions, quizzes, Q&As and more!

To see a full run-down of what we have planned see our Events Calendar! Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for daily graphics and tweets about our exciting events!

Blogmas: Giveaway

But the biggest thing we’re doing – starting from today – is running a Christmas Giveaway! It is open from the 1st until the 16th of December (Christmas Jumper Day!) and involves a large prize of Stocking Goodies!

The Prize includes: a free CV/Cover letter review, bookmarks, vouchers, gift sets and more!

We’ll be revealing more about the prizes as we go along! All you have to do to enter is complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter box below! Two are compulsory and the rest are voluntary – but the more you do the more likely you are to win the prize!

We’ll be running our Blogmas across all social media platforms, and each event will be individual to that platform so make sure you follow them all so you don’t miss out!

  • Instagram: Advent Calendar – Competition every Tuesday!
  • Facebook: Specially made Infographics about Publishing on Monday and Xmas Quiz/Competition on Friday!
  • Twitter: Q&A at 12:30-1:30pm every Wednesday about any Publishing related topic! Plus daily catch-up of blogs, news and jobs!
  • Blog: 3 blogs will be going up weekly! Monday, Wednesday & Friday! And our Giveaway will be hosted here!

Make sure you don’t miss out! Join in! Say hello! Let’s have some fun and spread some Christmas cheer this year!

Merry Christmas!

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