28 January 2011

The Professionals’ Guide to Publishing

by Gill Davies and Richard Balkwill

Do you ever find yourself thinking ‘I wonder what working in a different department would really be like?’, or ‘do other companies do it this way, or is it just us?’

Publishing is changing fast, driven by new technologies and fragmenting customer demands. With this change comes a plethora of ‘ways to do things’ and potentially exciting new career opportunities, which can be confusing to any young publisher trying to understand best practice or how roles in different departments or different publishing sectors vary.

It’s good to know that in the midst of all this there is now a guide that you can rely on, written by two publishers with half a century of experience in publishing between them. Gill Davies and Richard Balkwill, both regular tutors for Publishing Training Centre, explain:

  • the role of each department, responsibilities, key skills and crucial cross-functional relationships
  • contracts, permissions and the legal framework
  • current and enduring trends in publishing, including networking, supply chains and e-publishing.

Picture of author Gill DaviesGill Davies was an academic publisher for 26 years, is the author of Book Commissioning and Acquisition, and is now Emeritus Professor of Publishing at the University of Arts London.

Picture of author Richard BalkwillRichard Balkwill worked in educational, academic and children’s publishing for 25 years, and still consults widely within publishing, specializing in copyright and intellectual property protection.

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Kogan Page

February 2011, 234x153mm, 320 pages

Pb, 978-0-7494-5541-5, £25.00

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