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Publishing Work Experience

Publishing Work Experience

I_AM Self-Publishing’s work experience scheme is a great way to get some hands-on experience from the heart of a busy London-based publisher.

Our small, friendly team is looking for a bright, well-organised person to join our sales & marketing department for a week or two in June (1 week full-time or 2 part-time). You will need good communication skills (both written and on the phone), to be a confident social media user and in interest in marketing/the publishing industry.

Publishing work experience tasks will involve:

  • research into literary festivals and events
  • social media (creating and scheduling posts)
  • contributing to a marketing plan, with the support of the team

You will be working alongside someone who has years of experience and is willing to show you the ropes. No photocopying on our publishing work experience scheme, we promise!

Please send your CV along with a covering letter to leila@iamselfpublishing.com by June 1st with the email subject as “publishing work experience”.

Office hours are 10-5pm but we can be flexible to fit in around college/university or other commitments. If you do have existing time commitments to work around, please note these down in your letter. Our office is based at 82 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS and is walking distance from London Bridge, Borough, Southwark and Waterloo stations.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

We Write for Publishing Talk Magazine

Publishing Talk

Publishing Talk is a magazine I only recently discovered at a self-publishing seminar at Kingston University, which goes to show that seminars really are great for learning from the experts as well as meeting interesting people. The editor, Jon Reed, had brought a few copies of Publishing Talk with him and there was a scramble as authors rushed to get their hands on his limited supply of copies during one of the presentations. As ex-publishing director at McGraw-Hill and a social media marketing guru, Jon wanted to develop an online learning community for both authors and people who work within publishing to clue themselves up on everything from digital marketing to the latest self-publishing trends. There is a regularly-updated blog but Publishing Talk also produce an excellent magazine every quarter.

The latest issue of Publishing Talk, which can be downloaded here, covers all angles of self-publishing. Best-selling self-published author, Ben Galley, teaches you how to get started on social media, Dr Alison Baverstock shares her experience and expertise on how to market books and Jon Reed shows you how to build an effective content strategy – to name just a few highlights. There are also in-depth articles on production elements such as editing and jacket design, written by people who know how to get it right. We were delighted to be involved with this issue and wrote a piece on the top 3 self-publishing mistakes and how to avoid them. Do you think you already know them? Are you sure? Read the article on page 5 to find out if you are right. We also produced a self-publishing checklist for the magazine, which details everything you need to have in order to self-publish successfully. Tick things off as you go to make sure you get self-publishing right at every stage.

Get regular publishing expertise for free by signing up for the free magazine here.

We Guest-Blog for Book Machine

Book Machine is an organisation that dedicates itself to being at the forefront of what is hot and happening in the publishing world. It shares latest news, trends and hosts great events where today’s most pressing publishing issues are discussed. They also hold twitter chats where participants can discuss topics and share knowledge (definitely worth following @bookmachine).

Today we wrote a guest-blog piece for their website on the subject of re-publishing – how to make the most of work that is either out of print or work that has never been published in eBook form. We have a lot of experience with this, having worked with literary agents, literary estates and individual authors. The best way to approach the project is to treat it afresh and give the work a complete makeover. Here’s a couple of examples of our design team’s handiwork.

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Read the full blog post here.