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…

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…

#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.”…

MUP podcast: MA students discussing publishing

Manchester University Press interviewed students on University of Central Lancashire’s MA Publishing course about their views on publishing in a four-part podcast. Tony Mason, senior commissioning editor, interviews Victoria McKay, Jasleen Kaur, Abi Baross, Megan Barker, Elsa Carron, and Hannah Blain. You can find the transcripts for the first two parts below:

Copyediting

Lianne Slavin, Managing Production Editor at Manchester University Press, came to teach us all about copyediting. we practiced a lot on unedited versions of documents and comparing our choices with the edited document. The two main things I’ve learnt: Judith Butcher’s Copy-Editing is one of the copyediting bibles. In short, copyediting is about looking out for stuff…

The Timeline of a Book

Books go through a series of steps to get from the initial idea to their final printed form. Here’s an overview of how a title would be managed from start to finish. This is based on a title in academic publishing, but trade publishing works similarly.

Publishing contracts

Clark’s publishing agreement is the bible for putting together an author contract. Contracts protect both the publisher and the author. Publisher issues and determines the terms of contract because they take financial  risk (unless you’re Stephen King and have more say). The author provides expertise, an index (in academic publishing), and the material. There is a…

Market research as a publisher

As a publisher, you can never rest on your laurels – just because a title has good orders initially doesn’t mean it’ll sell well in the long run. It’s important to look at current trends. In academic publishing that means looking at what’s being taught in universities, what’s on the reading lists, and what rivals are…