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
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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
Our Plans for the London Book Fair & Giveaway
With the London Book Fair officially one week away we thought we would share with you our plans for the event!
Every day of the fair there will be at least 5 members of the Atwood Tate staff milling around Olympia, either at our stand, in the Ivy Club or around the fair.
When we are at our stand (3B26, in tech) and we’re not deep in conversation , feel free to approach us. During the week we do have meetings throughout the day so we may not always be available to chat – as much as we’d like to!
You can still take a look at our stand however! We will be bringing a lot of things with us:
- Leaflets – with all our information and details about our services
- Printables – Are you looking for work experience? Or useful information about getting into publishing? We will have some print outs available with some resources for you!
- Sweets – One of the most important things at any book fair: sugary sustenance.
- Current Vacancies – We’ll have a list of all of our current vacancies at our stand as well.
We will also be on social media a lot! Not only during the London Book Fair but this week as well!
This year we are also running 2 competitions! The first is a Giveaway: Win £100 worth of vouchers by liking and sharing our LinkedIn page! Starting from tomorrow (8th March) and ending on the 16th of March, the last day of the London Book Fair, you could win a great prize! And all you have to do is follow our LinkedIn page and share the post on Twitter. For more entries you can also share and like our LinkedIn posts on this Giveaway!
Also, if you follow us on Twitter you may have noticed a certain competition we’re starting for this year’s Book Fair!
The first person to come up to us, on each day of the London Book Fair, and says: ‘Atwood Tate we hear you’re great’ will win a £10 book voucher!
The earlier you get to our stand (3B26) and say this, the better. We’ll announce when someone has won the prize each day on our Twitter feed. However please respect the consultants work; if they’re in a meeting at the stand please don’t disturb them. The fair is an industry event after all.
On Tuesday 14th you may spot our Administrator Ellie wandering around with a camera as she films a London Book Fair Vlog for our YouTube channel! Be sure to say hello and tell us your thoughts on the London Book Fair if you get a chance!
On Thursday 16th, between 2:30pm-5:00pm, two of our Consultants: Karine Nicpon & Alison Redfearn will be attending the Career’s Clinic. You can bring your CV and have a quick 5 minute chat with them about the next step in your career!
All in all we have a lot going on!
Make sure you follow us across all our social media, and use the hashtag #LBF17, to keep up to date with what is happening at the Fair. As well as receive advice, hints and tips on what to bring and see at the London Book Fair: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.
We can’t wait to meet you all!
5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the London Book Fair 2017
The London Book Fair 2017 is fast approaching. It will be happening on the 14th-16th of March at the beautiful Olympia in Hammersmith.
It is an opportunity for all those in the publishing industry to meet and discuss publishing, with the main focus of the fair being on the literary agents as they sell book rights in the International Rights Centre. This is an event to learn, observe and discover the latest trends within publishing, with a lot of publishing’s finest under one roof.
The exhibition floors will be filled with publishers, agents, recruitment consultants and writers. It is a brilliant place to mingle and learn more about the publishing industry if you any, or wanting to be, any of the above.
Here are 5 Reasons why you should attend the London Book Fair:
There is a Careers Clinic and recruitment agencies attending
Bring your CV and book a place at the Career’s Clinic. At the clinic you get 5 minutes to speak to a specialist recruitment agent who can discuss jobs and offer advice, and even take your CV for further review.
We will be attending the Careers Clinic, as we did last year, with our consultants offering advice. More info on this over the next few weeks!
Recruitment agencies will also have their own stands throughout the fair, at which you can approach them for a chat.
Yes, that dreaded word appears again. The London Book Fair has a busy atmosphere, but it is the perfect place to meet people within the publishing industry, and ask questions where suitable.
Each publisher within the industry will have their own stand, but there are other opportunities to network as well: seminars, meetings and clinics. Also queues! The queues for food can sometimes get quite large but you can always strike up a conversation at this point. Be open and friendly.
For more advice on Networking check out this blog post our temps team administrator Michael did!
Seminars & Meetings
The London Book Fair also includes seminars and discussions for anyone to attend. Some require paid tickets, but most are free – but you do need to book beforehand! Check out the LBF Insight Guide for a look at all of the seminars at the event!
You could attend the Byte the Book Networking event on the 14th of March or attend the Careers Clinic. Or, if you’re a writer, book a meeting with the Society of Authors.
The Publishing Sectors
The London Book Fair is the perfect opportunity to learn more about all the sectors of publishing. From Academic to B2B, Trade to Print and Production.
From viewing the stands to networking with the stand-holders, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry as a whole. With over 2000 exhibitors over three days this is a fascinating experience for anyone looking to enter the publishing world.
Attend with Friends
This is a great event to attend with fellow publishing candidates, be it already in publishing or looking to enter the industry. It can be a lot easier to mingle with others when you have a friend to go with you, and the event is quite social.
You can always grab a coffee or some food at one of the many cafes, discuss the event, walk around together or attend seminars together. It is much a social event as it is a professional one.
Make sure you book your LBF ticket in advance though. Tickets cost £40 per person for the three day fair. Book here!
So there are 5 reasons to attend the London Book Fair 2017. We will be releasing more information as we creep nearer to the event! And we can’t wait to see you at the Careers Clinic. Don’t leave it too long before you book your place at the clinic, these places tend to go quickly!
Want to learn more about the London Book Fair? Check out there website or follow them on Twitter. They will be live tweeting throughout the day, as will many other publishers, so keep an eye on social media over the week.
How to Get Ahead in Academic Publishing
Armed with a fistful of crumpled CVs and an Art History degree, I trudged up and down Charing Cross Road looking for a bookselling job. I’d set my heart on working in publishing in my third year at uni, but trawling through The Guardian I realised it would be hard for me to stand out from hundreds of applicants who, no doubt, also felt just as passionately about books and read voraciously as I did. I figured bookselling would be a good starting point.
This was the first time I’d considered what I had to offer. It made me think about how selling jeans in a shop provided influencing, negotiation and questioning skills. I realised that bar work provided customer service and conflict resolution skills (as well as excess consumption of warm white wine…essential for low budget book launches). Fast forward a few weeks and I was happily ensconced at a specialist art bookseller.
Aside from a borderline obsession with alphabetising each section and secretly sniffing new stock, I learned a lot that would be relevant for my career.
It was pretty cutting edge for *coughs* 1993 *coughs*. We had a PC networked stock management system. We used this to mail out subject leaflets to customers around the world. I used my enthusiasm and retail experience to help customers find the book they were after and proved to be an occasional foil to the sometimes-grumpy owner.
My first job at a small trade publisher was in the sales and marketing team. I dealt with bibliographic information, wrote jacket blurbs, marketing copy and produced the new titles catalogue. I got to know everyone in the company and gained a real insight into the publishing process.
But the low salary made it hard to live in London. Sound familiar?
Meanwhile a friend kept telling me about the publisher she worked at. They published academic texts for students, researchers and professionals in the humanities and social sciences. She loved working there. And she was paid quite a bit more than me. Academic publishing had never occurred: I’d always assumed that publishing meant fiction, poetry and pictures. But the facts speak for themselves.
The UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport reports that the publishing sector employed 200,000 people in 2015 – an increase of 3.7% on the year before. (Source: DCMS 2016 Focus on Creative Industries report). These figures include book, journal, newspapers, magazines and database publishing. However, in 2011, Creative Skillset reported the breakdown by sub-sector: Journals and Periodicals employed 26% of the workforce and Book Publishing 17% and Academic is drawn from both these categories.
In May 2016 the UK Publishers Association reported that total sales of book and journal publishing were up to £4.4 billion in 2015. Academic journal publishing was up 5% to £1.1 billion and there were £1.42 billion export revenues with two thirds of this figure in education, academic and ELT (English Language Teaching). (Source: PA Statistics Yearbook 2015 news release)
Academic is a vibrant sector employing a lot of people and is a major economic driver in the creative industries.
My second publishing job was at that academic publisher promoting journals and reference works. When asked why I wanted the job, the answer was clear: I’d relish working with books that support education, research and the furthering of knowledge. I got the job and – to my surprise and delight – a decent pay rise.
The great thing about many academic publishers is that they tend to be large organisations with more opportunity for training and promotion. I took all options open to me. I applied for internal jobs to learn about different lists and improve my skills. I was curious, enthusiastic, worked and played hard. I got to know people, respected different departments and personalities it took to run the business. Roles included Marketing Coordinator, Executive, Manager, Senior Manager.
Since then I’ve had the privilege of working in a range of organisations including Taylor & Francis, Continuum and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers. I saw first hand how diverse the sector is at ALPSP, an international trade body for not-for-profit organisations. Their members include the American Historical Association, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the OECD, SAGE, as well as all the larger commercial companies like Elsevier and Springer Nature. There are a lot of publishers covering pretty much all disciplines.
I know it seems obvious, but the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that job mobility and training go hand in hand with progressing your career.
You may start in one department/role. That doesn’t preclude you moving to others where your experience is applied in different ways. There are plenty of opportunities with more specialist jobs where, with the right training, you can become expert in a particular niche.
When I started out, it was relatively simple: assistant / coordinator / executive / manager roles in sales / marketing / production / editorial. And now? Well a quick glance through the Atwood Tate vacancy list tells a story. Roles like ‘Predictive Analytics and Insight Specialist’ and ‘Instructional Designer’ sit alongside Product Editor and Marketing Executive. It’s a taste of how the industry is changing. If you move roles, and learn new skills, you’re more likely to get on.
So what does the future hold for you and what skills do you need to be successful? There are three main areas you need to plot your profile against. Where do you map yourself on this chart? Where do you want to be? This is by no means exhaustive, but provides insight into where the industry will be.
My final advice for working in academic publishing?
- Be curious: ask open questions, listen and learn
- Read industry publications, blogs and research
- Remember you’re dealing with people: be courteous, build your network
- Take every training opportunity – from free webinars to paid-for courses
- Enjoy it! You’re giving something back to advancing human knowledge.
We thank Suzanne for her wonderful guest post!
If you are a publishing professional and would be interested in writing a guest post for Atwood Tate just get in touch.
It’s Christmas Eve Eve! And today is the last day in the office for the Atwood Tate Staff. As such, we’re all looking forward to going home, being with our families and settling down with some good Christmas reads before the big day on Sunday!
We were discussing our Christmas Reads in the office and realised that we are reading across a wide range of genres this year! Some of us are reading Christmas Classics, others are settling down to read bestselling novels they’ve been meaning to read for a while and others are reading Christmas themed tales with their children!
There’s a real mix of fiction, poetry, genre and the best of famous Christmas literature!
Take a look at what we’ll be reading this Christmas!
Our Christmas Reads
Ellie will be reading:
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C More
Michael is reading:
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Helen and her Family will be reading:
- The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
- The Complete Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Karine is reading:
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Alison will be reading:
- All the Days and Nights by William Maxwell
Olivia is reading:
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
What are you reading this Christmas? A Christmas classic to get you in the Christmassy mood or a book that’s been sat on your To-Be-Read shelf for the last year?
*** Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed Monday 26th December – Monday 2nd January, reopening Tuesday 3rd January. You can still register with Atwood Tate online at www.atwoodtate.co.uk***
If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen that today we released an exclusive Atwood Tate Infographic charting the achievements of Atwood Tate over 2016.
It has been a great year! We’ve placed lot of candidates in wonderful jobs across all sectors in permanent, part-time, contract, freelance and temping roles! We’ve expanded into IT roles and grown our B2B desk even more from 2015, and have also developed our social media! We now have an Instagram account and a new YouTube Channel!
It’s been an exciting year for the company as well as the staff, who have not only grown in number over 2016 but also went bowling, golfing and took part in a Walking Challenge for our charity Beanstalk!
Take a look at some of the achievements we’ve had in the timeline below.
Atwood Tate’s 2016 Achievements Summary:
- We have 4 new members of staff:
– Lucy Slater – Lucy joined in Atwood Tate as an Administrator in December 2015 but was promoted to Publishing Recruitment Consultant in July. She handles Design, Production, Operations, Print & Distribution roles in London and the South East. Contact Lucy: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Ellie Pilcher – Ellie joined the London team as a maternity cover Administrator in July and has since been made permanent and promoted to Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. Contact Ellie: email@example.com
- Atwood Tate got a new website, an Instagram account and a YouTube Channel
- Have completed multiple charity challenges in aid of Beanstalk! See here for more details on our last challenge
- Karine Nicpon & Claire Louise Kemp have been promoted to Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultants! Karine handles Editorial B2B & STM roles in London whilst Claire Louise handles Trade, B2B and Educational roles in the Oxford Office
- The Temps Team had a record-breaking month in October, having the most temps we’ve ever had out on jobs at one time!
It’s been wonderful!
And whilst it may be a bit early to say so, what with Christmas still to come and one more week left of work, we hope that 2017 is just as good, if not better than 2016!
Blogmas: Day 19
We’re on Day 19 of December which means we’re in the last days before Christmas! The excitement is palpable! Have you got your presents wrapped? Is Christmas music still blaring? Let us know on Twitter today!
Today’s Christmas Blogmas Agenda includes:
- A new Blog post (to be confirmed) for you all to read and enjoy
- Our Instagram Advent Calendar Continues – the numbers are getting larger! Yay!
- Facebook Infographic – exclusive to our Facebook page! For more information about Publishing check this out!
Only one more work week to go so be sure to get registered now to avoid the rush after Christmas!
It’s the 15th! 10 days to go! Have you done you’re Christmas shopping today? Well hopefully we have as we’re going to our Christmas Office Lunch at 2pm! But before that we will be posting our 2nd Youtube video on our brand new Youtube Channel! Make sure you check out this one and the previous video, for more tips and tricks to getting into publishing!
Today is also the LAST DAY to enter the BLOGMAS GIVEAWAY we have running! All entries must be in by Midnight tonight! We will release the name of the winner tomorrow so make sure you have entered to have a chance of winning a Huge Stocking of Christmas Goodies! You’ve got to be in it to win it!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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!
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!