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How to Get a Job in Publishing
A Guide to Careers in the Booktrade, Magazines and Communications

  • Available for pre-order on March 10, 2023. Item will ship after March 31, 2023
ISBN 9781032226286
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

So you’ve always dreamed of a career in publishing… but you don’t know where to start or how? You’re holding the key in your hands!

Using insider information, How to Get A Job in Publishing is the newly revised edition of the classic text for you if you are keen to work in publishing or associated industries - or if you are already in publishing and want to go further.

Packed with real life quotes, case studies and practical advice from publishing veterans, and more recent arrivals, the authors differentiate types of publishing and explain how roles and departments work together. They discuss the pros and cons of internships and further study as well as training and lifelong learning, working internationally, networking and building your personal brand. The book includes vital guidelines for applying for publishing roles, including sample CVs and cover letters and a glossary of industry terms, to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs.

This thoroughly updated edition covers:

● The post-pandemic publishing world, changes and current controversies, the rise of e-books, Amazon, self-publishing and indie publishing;

● The growth in tertiary courses in Publishing Studies and internships - are they really the best way in?

● How to create your CV and a compelling cover letter that gets you noticed.

A new chapter addresses equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, reflecting on the current state of the publishing industry, how to evaluate potential employers and how to look after yourself and others at work.

Whether you are a new or soon-to-be graduate of Media and Publishing, or are just interested in a career in publishing or the creative industries, How to Get A Job in Publishing is an essential resource.

Table of Contents

Foreword - On Books, Kate Wilson

Foreword - On Publishing Education, Claire Squires

Foreword - On Magazines - Steve Prentice



  1. Why Publishing and Why You?
  2. This Publishing Business
  3. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in Publishing
  4. About Book Publishing
  5. About Journal Publishing
  6. About Magazine Publishing
  7. About Digital Publishing
  8. Where Will Your Skill Set Take You?
  9. What Job is Right for You?
  10. Study, Training and Lifelong Learning
  11. Internships, Placements and Work Experience
  12. How to Create a Compelling CV
  13. How to Put Together Your Job Application
  14. Networking and Your Personal Brand
  15. Advertised and Non-Advertised Opportunities
  16. Recruitment Agencies
  17. How to Give a Great Job Interview
  18. Referees, Job Offers and Negotiation
  19. Working Internationally
  20. Your Future in Publishing

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Alison Baverstock worked in book publishing for many years and then played a pivotal role in establishing the academic field of Publishing Studies. She is now Professor of Publishing at Kingston University and the author of both many books and much significant research. She has founded and led award-winning initiatives to widen involvement in higher education and inclusion in reading, including the Kingston University Big Read and She is a priest in the Church of England and a keen singer.

Susannah Bowen worked in educational and academic publishing for many years, including at Cengage Australia and Open University Press (McGraw-Hill) UK, and is now with Campion Education, one of Australia’s largest booksellers / school suppliers. She’s the Industry Associate, Publishing Program, School of Culture and Communication at University of Melbourne, and Joint Principal Researcher for the Australian Publishing Industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion. She’s a cake baker and rides a blue Vespa.

Steve Carey worked for Future Publishing (UK), launching nine magazines including Edge and PC Gamer. In Australia he was Publishing Director for Australian Consolidated Press looking after titles including Wheels and MOTOR. He has a doctorate on James Joyce from Jesus College, Oxford and has lectured in publishing for Monash and Melbourne Universities. Steve recently wrote his first screenplay, Love's Bitter Mystery. He is now a Clinical Hypnotherapist and podcaster.


"How can you land a role in the exciting new world of publishing? This book will help you enormously."

-Steve Prentice, Group MD, Special Interest Group, Bauer Media.

"I wanted a job in publishing but I didn’t know anyone who had anything to do with publishing. Now, with this wise and information-packed book in your hand, finding a role in publishing is considerably easier."

–Kate Wilson, CEO, Nosy Crow.

"It’s crucial that potential entrants to the publishing industry are encouraged, helped, and offered pathways to successful and fulfilling careers. How to Get a Job in Publishing contributes substantially to this career guidance – read it with attention."

-Professor Claire Squires, Chair, Association for Publishing Education and Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.