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Author: Flavia Marcocci

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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
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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: https://www.publishing-insight.com/post/caroline-carpenterThanks 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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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 Europe, Silé points out how important it is to truly listen to the voices of Black people in the Publishing industry and act on it.Blog post with the list of books recommended by Silé: https://www.publishing-insight.com/post/sile-edwards 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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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-cunnaneS1 E 7: Digital Strategy S2 E1: Georgina Atwell, founder of Toppsta 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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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 initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion in publishing and the creative industries in general. Inclusive Indies Crowdfunding campaign: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/inclusive-indiesBlog post with the books recommended by Akua.S1 E3: Trade Marketing S2 E4: Academic Marketing 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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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 years. S1 E1: Editorial S1 E2: Children’s Editorial Blog post with the books and authors recommended by Phoebe in the interview.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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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 advice for people applying to entry-level roles in publishing, talks about current trends in children’s literature and recommends some of her favourite titles. Blog post with the list of books recommended by Georgina.Episode about Children’s Editorial (Christine Modafferi)Episode about Digital Strategy (John Campbell) 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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91       Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1  Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
Introducing Season 2

Introducing Season 2

2020-04-1802:341

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/publishinginsightTwitter: @FlamFlam91Instagram: @flamflam91Write me an email: publishinginsight@gmail.comMusic: Modes of Light by Stephen Elliott https://soundcloud.com/stephenelliott-1 Portrait illustration by Ellie BeadleSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E15: Thank you

S1 E15: Thank you

2018-08-1003:10

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, FlaviaSupport the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/If you have enjoyed this season of Publishing Insight please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E14: HR Q&A

S1 E14: HR Q&A

2018-08-0425:001

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 those as well. So, thank you very much to the people who sent me their questions! I hope this episode will be useful to clarify your doubts. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton; - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; - The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E13: Design

S1 E13: Design

2018-07-3025:32

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 interviews and the publishing recruiting process in general. So if there’s anything you would like me to ask, you can tweet me @FlamFlam91 using the hashtag #AskPublishingInsight or write me an email to publishinginsight@gmail.comSupport the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Successful Law Student by Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones; - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Science of Cooking by Stuart Farrimond; - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series. Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E11: Rights

S1 E11: Rights

2018-07-2020:43

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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - William Marshal by David Crouch; - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie; - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E10: Stock Planning

S1 E10: Stock Planning

2018-07-1518:49

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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - Oxford Companion to the Body; - The Spectator Magazine; - DCI Banks; - Peter Robinson; - Ian Rankin.Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E9: Production

S1 E9: Production

2018-07-1429:13

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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Unfinished Palazzo by Judith Mackrell (paperback); - The Parisian Gentleman by Hugo Jacomet; - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; - Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence; - I’m with the Band by Pamela Des Barres; - Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin; - Lost Boy by Christina Henry; - Alice by Christina Henry; - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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 publishing. Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff; - The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; - The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White.Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe - Astérix Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - Shatila Stories, Peirene Press; - Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous by Manu Jospeh.Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson; - From the Corner of the Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein; - The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill; - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; - The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden.Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger; - Plainsong by Kent Haruf - It by Stephen King. Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
S1 E3: Trade Marketing

S1 E3: Trade Marketing

2018-06-1624:04

In this episode, I interviewed Dan Raymond-Barker (on Twitter @danraybar), Books Sales and Marketing Manager at Myriad-New Internationalist. We have talked about what it means to work in a co-operative, the most important skills for aspiring book marketeers and the most interesting marketing campaign he has noticed this year.Support the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsightGet in touch on Twitter @FlamFlam91 or write me an email at publishinginsight@gmail.comVisit my website: https://www.publishing-insight.com/Books mentioned: - Blacklisted by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain; - One World, a global anthology of short stories; - The Kennedy Moment by Peter Adamson; - Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor; - The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor; - If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor; - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie; - True Grit by Charles Portis. Thank you so much for listening! If you have enjoyed this episode please subscribe and share it with other people who may find it interesting as well.Portrait illustration by Ellie Beadle. Music: Dig the Uke by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. https://bit.ly/1VLy3cJ Ft: Kara Square.Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/publishinginsight)
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Federico Giraud

Great podcast!

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