Getting Published is over. Missed it? Want more? Links and events inside.

If you couldn’t make it or you weren’t local, you can catch up here.

Below, we’ve listed links to a video, write-ups, writing communities and forthcoming book-related events.

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Free ‘Getting Published’ event in Preston, Lancashire

Ever dreamed of becoming a published writer? Want to meet industry professionals? Join us to discuss YA and the wider industry over free drinks and snacks. I’m organising this event with classmates as part of my MA Publishing degree and I’m really looking forward to all the guest speaker who come from different corners of the…

Module recap: semester two

If I thought the first semester had gone fast, the second semester went by even faster. I increased my publishing vocabulary (glossary). Found out more about typography and designers. Analysed 15 books and 2 designers. Created my own cover for Just So Stories and typeset the first 10 pages.  Typeset part of a children’s book. Woah, that layout was a…

Interview tips from HarperCollins’ Sam Missingham

Interview tips from Sam Missingham and other contributors on Twitter: Don’t be late. Be yourself. Smile and maintain eye contact. Do your research. Know their products/titles/ethos. Interviewers are not trying to trip you up. Don’t lie about what you’ve read. ASK questions. Intelligent, informed questions which themselves demonstrate having done homework. Show off your skills…

Guest Speaker: Anna Robinette from Egmont

Anna Robinette, Junior Product Manager from Egmont, came to talk to us about her role and what it involves. Egmont publishes books for infants to young adult, fiction and non-fiction, and they’re also the number one UK publisher for children’s magazines. Egmont produces a lot of novelty products, like a Star Wars book that has…

Design module: weekly tasks

Every week we had tasks to complete in class that helped us practice using Indesign and Photoshop. Each of these tasks tested our InDesign and Photoshop skills and allowed us to get more familiar with the software. Becky Chilcott gave us very detailed exercises and it was great to be able to work through them…

CV tips from Becky Chilcott

CV tips from Becky Chilcott No typos. Say where you saw the advert. Say how you can meet the requirements with examples. Research is key. 70% is how well you fit into the job. Get business cards to match with your CV. Make your covering letter and the CV the same style.

Cover designs for M. R. James’ ghost stories

For our Digital Publishing module, we’re creating an ebook for M. R. James’ ghost stories, which are out of copyright. I designed two covers, playing around with the Blending Options, colors and textures in Photoshop to make them look different. I went with 2400 x 1600 px for the cover size, which Melody Simmons recommends as the…

Marketing design

Marketing design: look at everything, not just books.  Can be creative and use all sorts of materials. branding guidelines It’s important to respect branding guidelines when it comes to designing marketing materials. Companies might have certain fonts, color palettes and logos rules they want you to use that you need to carefully follow. Color palettes…

Thinking of color

Tip of the day: with images from different sources, give them the same color filter to make them look like part of a set. And on that note, to easily do that with Adobe: change your image’s colour mode to Grayscale in Photoshop place the image in Indesign click on the Direct Selection Tool select…

#SYP2020: Intellectual Property.

Originally posted on SYP Scotland:
Intellectual property is a tricky business in publishing, and 2020: A Publishing Odyssey looked to demystify the legal world by having representatives from both sides on hand: Mark Cruikshank of legal firm Brodies LLP, and Hugh Andrew of Birlinn. “Intellectual property is at the bedrock of what all publishers do.”…

CV and covering letter tips from HarperCollins’ Sam Missingham

Missed Sam Missingham‘s tips on covering letters and CVs? Catch up here! She tweeted some great advice about #CVLetterTips. Here are some of her top tips: SPELL CHECK, do your research on the company, tailor your covering letter to the job advert and mention the company’s achievements at least twice, say what’s unique about you…