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An interview podcast about working in publishing. Flavia Marcocci interviews publishing professionals across a wide array of roles, in both junior and senior positions, from independent and corporate publishers, in academic and trade. They tell us about their career path, the latest trends in the book industry, and they give advice for job seekers and book recommendations for all of us book lovers. Publishing Insight also features figures who are extremely important for the success of a book, but outside of traditional publishing companies, like founders of innovative publishing start-ups. Portrait by Ellie Beadle. Website: www.publishing-insight.com

An interview podcast about working in publishing. Flavia Marcocci interviews publishing professionals across a wide array of roles, in both junior and senior positions, from independent and corporate publishers, in academic and trade. They tell us about their career path, the latest trends in the book industry, and they give advice for job seekers and book recommendations for all of us book lovers. Publishing Insight also features figures who are extremely important for the success of a book, but outside of traditional publishing companies, like founders of innovative publishing start-ups. Portrait by Ellie Beadle. Website: www.publishing-insight.com

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

An interview podcast about working in publishing. Flavia Marcocci interviews publishing professionals across a wide array of roles, in both junior and senior positions, from independent and corporate publishers, in academic and trade. They tell us about their career path, the latest trends in the book industry, and they give advice for job seekers and book recommendations for all of us book lovers. Publishing Insight also features figures who are extremely important for the success of a book, but outside of traditional publishing companies, like founders of innovative publishing start-ups. Portrait by Ellie Beadle. Website: www.publishing-insight.com

Twitter:

@FlamFlam91

Language:

English


Episodes

S2 E7: Ellie Beadle, Production Designer at Usborne

11/22/2020
Ellie Beadle is Production Designer at Usborne. In this interview, Ellie explains what it means to be a production designer, and her path to become one. She also tells us about her creative process, how she collaborates with colleagues in other departments, the skills you need to be an in-house designer in publishing and how exciting it was to work on the campaign for Holly Bourne’s novel “The places I’ve cried in public”. Thanks for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode, please...

Duration:00:25:23

S2 E6: Caroline Carpenter, Deputy Features Editor at The Bookseller and YA Book Prize Chair

7/26/2020
Caroline Carpenter is Deputy Features Editor at The Bookseller and YA Book Prize Chair. In this interview, Caroline tells us about her main tasks and responsibilities, and the most important skills to work in a literary or book trade magazine. She also tells us about how the YA Book Prize started, some interesting behind the scenes and the adjustments and ideas she has worked on this year to make the Prize more digital. Books recommended and mentioned in the episode:...

Duration:00:27:17

S2 E5: Silé Edwards, Literary Agent’s Assistant at Curtis Brown

6/14/2020
Silé Edwards is Literary Agent’s Assistant at Curtis Brown, where she works with Cathryn Summerhayes. Silé tells us about her main tasks and responsibilities, and the skills which are important to become a literary agent. She also talks about her favourite initiatives by the Publishers Association, where she worked before, and Arts Emergency, a mentoring charity that helps marginalised young people succeed in the creative industries. After the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the US and...

Duration:00:27:22

S2 E4: Anna Cunnane, Systems and Data Manager at Abrams & Chronicle Books

5/31/2020
Anna Cunnane is Systems and Data Manager at Abrams & Chronicle Books. In this interview, she explains what metadata and ONIX feeds are, how coding can help improve processes in the publishing industry and why having a mentor is so important for junior professionals. Blog post with the list of books and coding resources recommended by Anna: https://www.publishing-insight.com/post/anna-cunnane S1 E 7: Digital Strategy S2 E1: Georgina Atwell, founder of Toppsta Thanks for listening! If you...

Duration:00:23:28

S2 E3: Akua Boateng, Marketing Executive at DK

5/17/2020
Akua Boateng is Marketing Executive at DK and co-host of the Sankofa Book Club, a podcast about African literature. Akua has great advice for book marketers who want to think out of the box and for professionals who want to move into Publishing from different industries. She’s also a strong advocate of holding onto your authenticity and uniqueness when doing job interviews to start or advance your career, and she explains why it is so important to celebrate our differences and promote...

Duration:00:28:35

S2 E2: Phoebe Morgan, Editorial Director at HarperCollins UK

5/3/2020
Phoebe Morgan is Editorial Director at HarperCollins UK (HarperFiction and Avon). We talk about her career path and how her approach as an editor varies when working on different genres. Phoebe also gives brilliant advice for those applying to entry-level positions in publishing, as well as for those trying to advance their career. We also discuss her writing career, how to manage a side hustle alongside a full-time job, and how she thinks the publishing industry has evolved in the past few...

Duration:00:39:57

S2 E1: Georgina Atwell, founder of Toppsta

4/19/2020
Welcome to Season 2 of Publishing Insight! This interview was recorded in January 2020 and my guest is Georgina Atwell, founder of Toppsta, the biggest review and recommendation platform for children’s books in the UK. Before creating Toppsta, Georgina worked at Penguin, DK and Apple. We discussed: working on digital products in publishing vs at a tech company, what are Toppsta’s mission and business model, what are the most important steps to develop a new digital product. She also gives...

Duration:00:37:26

Introducing Season 2

4/18/2020
Hello and welcome to season 2 of Publishing Insight, an interview podcast about working in Publishing. I'm Flavia, your host, and in this short trailer you can find out what to expect from the new season of the podcast. Thanks for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, leave a review and recommend it to a friend or on social media. Visit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/ Donate on Ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Twitter:...

Duration:00:02:34

S1 E15: Thank you

8/10/2018
A short final episode for the first season of Publishing Insight, to thank the interviewees, the listeners and all the people who have supported the podcast in any form. If you have any feedback on this season or requests for future episodes, get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.com Thank you very much, Flavia Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Visit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/ If you have enjoyed...

Duration:00:03:10

S1 E14: HR Q&A

8/4/2018
Diane Hobbs is HR & Office Manager at Bloomsbury Publishing Oxford Office. We discussed many topics such as: the importance of internships and work experience; entering the publishing industry later in your career; how to get transferable skills in other industries or in your free time; and how to keep learning and growing. This is the last interview of Season 1 of Publishing Insight, I asked listeners to submit their own questions with the hashtag #AskPublishingInsight and Diane answered...

Duration:00:25:00

S1 E13: Design

7/30/2018
Anna Scully is Assistant Designer at Oxford University Press. She describes the main tasks and responsibilities of a text designer and the differences with working on book covers instead. We also discussed the challenges of an extremely interesting book design, with a walking camel in the running header, and the importance of maths and science for design. In the next episode I will interview an HR professional and would like to ask some of your questions about CVs, cover letters, job...

Duration:00:25:32

S1 E12: International Sales

7/21/2018
Sara Sanchez is International Sales Manager for DK's International Publishing and Licensing Department and in this episode, I went to 80 Strand, London to interview her. Sara works on co-editions with the French market and explains to us why it is so important to keep an open mind and always be on top of the latest trends and what is happening in other markets. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at...

Duration:00:18:19

S1 E11: Rights

7/20/2018
Adele Parker is Head of Rights UK at Taylor & Francis. We have talked about many things such as her experience of looking for her first job in publishing before the Internet era, as well as the process and research behind a recent and exciting film deal, and the most important skills to develop to work in Rights. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.com Visit my website:...

Duration:00:20:43

S1 E10: Stock Planning

7/15/2018
Dr Anna Campbell is Stock Planning Analytics Manager at Oxford University Press. She tells us about the main tasks and processes the Stock Planning Department is responsible for and what happens to the books from publication onwards. She is also a researcher and lecturer in Medieval History and explains how she balances these two really different jobs. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at...

Duration:00:18:49

S1 E9: Production

7/14/2018
Kristi Langli is Production Assistant for Thames & Hudson. She told me about her route into book production, recent trends and her passion for paper opacity. She also gave us insights about being a young publisher. You can find her on Twitter @EinDrake Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.com Visit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/ Books mentioned: - The Unfinished...

Duration:00:29:13

S1 E8: Audio Publishing

7/7/2018
Louise Newton (on Twitter @NewtonLou) is Audio Editor for Little, Brown Book Group and she was London Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2017. She told me about her route into audio publishing and what she loves the most about her job. Listen to her advice on how to be heard and be seen when trying to get into publishing and why it is so important to create a section for your personal interests in your cv and highlight also the work experience you have done outside of...

Duration:00:24:41

S1 E7: Digital Strategy

7/6/2018
John Campbell is Head of Digital Platform Strategy at Oxford University Press. In our conversation, he illustrated the main tasks of the different teams in the Digital Strategy area at OUP and he suggested not to specialise too early in your career, but to be flexible and always learn new skills. As regards the future of publishing he stressed how content is pivotal to answer consumer needs. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or...

Duration:00:22:02

S1 E6: Freelance Publicist

6/30/2018
After working for over 10 years in Publicity at Penguin and Transworld, Emma Dowson (on Twitter @EmmaDowson1) decided to start freelancing. We talked the main differences between working in house and freelancing and how to build relationships with authors and journalists. She also reminisces about touring with Bill Bryson, gives advice for aspiring publicists and recommends checking out the activities and events organised by the Publishers’ Publicity Circle. Support the podcast:...

Duration:00:19:31

S1 E5: In House Publicity

6/23/2018
In this episode I interviewed Chloë Rose (on Twitter @ChloeRose1702 ), Press Officer at Ebury, an imprint of PRH. We talked about the main tasks as a Press Officer compared to Publicity Assistants, what she loves the most about Publicity and the advice she would give to people who are applying for entry-level jobs as well as to people trying to reach the next level in their career. You can find Publishing Interns on Twitter @pubinterns Support the podcast:...

Duration:00:17:25

S1 E4: Academic Marketing

6/16/2018
In this episode I interviewed Silvia Dell'Amore, Marketing Assistant at Bloomsbury Academic. We have talked about what it is like to look for a job in publishing as a non-native English speaker, the main differences between academic and trade marketing and the importance of networking and gaining knowledge about all the different departments in a publishing house. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight Get in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at...

Duration:00:25:44