Category Archives: How To Get Into The Industry

PWC: Consumer and Educational Book Publishing


This article contains interesting stats about book publishing, including predictive graphs showing the growth in books published, and e-books versus print. The graphs present the information in a way that is easy to interpret and a nice break from reading large amounts of text. Stats can be quite boring at times, but put in a graph they are more aesthetically pleasing and quicker to read too.

It’s interesting to see that Thailand is predicted to be the fastest growing book publishing market, followed by Venezuela, India, Brazil then Pakistan.

For someone who loves the feel and smell of a new book in their hands, the statistics are a little alarming; “Even though growth in printed books is flat or declining in most markets, it is being offset by a rise in revenues from e-books, which will account for 22% of all books sold around the world in 2017, up from 9% in 2012.” It seems we may have to get used to swiping or scrolling our way through books. This is a statistic that supports authors who are choosing to publish only online and in e-books.  The future seems to hold a lot less physical book stores, and more online methods of downloading books. This poses an issue for the book publishing industry which will have to find a way to still function and prosper, perhaps looking at marketing exclusive e-books or something along those lines.

Advertisements – Media Careers: Publishing Careers


This site has information on the different positions that are available in a career in book publishing. It has information about being an editor, copy editor, publicist, literary agent and literary scout. It encourages readers that, “If you love books, and you’re interested in working in book publishing, check out this list to see which career is the best fit for you.”

The list is made up of short descriptions of what each position entails, with a sentence or two about the kinds of skills you would need to succeed in each particular position. It’s simple and concise and a reader could most likely find which position particularly interests them, or even just reassure them that whichever position they end up in is a valuable part of the publishing process. It is interesting information for those who may not have realised there were multiple separate responsibilities that make up a book publishing company. A “book publisher” is not necessarily the exact title someone will have; it’s more an overarching title of the whole industry.

Education Portal: Book Publisher Job Description and Requirements for Becoming a Book Publisher


This site gives a job description for becoming a book publisher.  It suggests some education that is required and some key skills that a person working in the publishing industry needs. It gives an outline of what a book publisher does, and notes that “with the emergence of the Web, e-books and websites are becoming popular book-publishing alternatives.”

It also gives some statistics about employment in the general editing field: “…expected to only grow 1% from 2010-2020, with the highest concentration of employment opportunities located in major cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.” This site is American so it doesn’t take into account any Australian statistics, but it’s likely that Australian results would mirror these. Not the most encouraging numbers to read when you’re an aspiring publisher hoping to get a job in publishing when you graduate university!

It’s a nice simple bit of information to read and was easy to find. It didn’t present as skewed in any direction, so the reader can take whatever they want from it and just use it as helpful information.

Harper Collins Careers


This page of the Harper Collins site is so well written that it even makes “Finance” sound like an interesting team to be a part of. It details all the positions one could potentially have in their company, using witty and fun words that make reading each description a delight. For example, the editorial section starts with this: “Bring your reading glasses and all your hats. As Editors, we are hunters and gatherers, constantly on the lookout for book ideas from every corner of the globe.” An aspiring publisher would seriously consider applying for a position in this company on the hope that they are as fun to work with as their site suggests.

It’s also interesting to see how many positions fall under the publishing department roof. Advertising/Promotion, Art & Creative Design, Corporate Communications, Corporate Services, Customer Service, Distribution Centre, Editorial, Electronic Text Management, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internet Development, Legal & Contracts, Managing Editorial, Marketing & Publicity, Production & Inventory, Sales, Subsidiary Rights & Permissions. There are so many opportunities for someone to be a part of publishing books that can change people’s lives.

Overall, this page of the Harper Collins site is a great, informative, fun page to read and learn about the opportunities available in their company and most likely the whole publishing industry at large.

Penguin Australia: Careers


Penguin Australia has a great site that is attractive and contains valuable information on getting a job in their publishing department. They have a “meet our people” page where you can click on pictures of staff and find out more about them and their particular role in Penguin’s publishing house. This is a fun and interactive way of presenting information that can be quite boring in plain paragraphs on a page.

The site also has a comprehensive section on how someone can apply for a position at Penguin and what they are looking for. It’s interesting to see that Penguin are not just interested in how competent you are for the position, but they …”want to get a feel for what makes you, well, you. We also want to make sure this is a place you’ll thrive, so we’ll be looking for signs for your interest in books, knowledge of the changing needs of our industry, and strengths and passions (not just role competencies).” They want someone who is going to grow and be a valuable addition to their team because they are willing to do what it takes and have the passion to keep moving forward in their career.

The section entitled, “10 Reasons: Find your Reason to join Penguin” is particularly helpful to someone who wants to work in book publishing. With sub-titles like, “Inspiring place to work, A leader in digital transformation, We invest in our talent, Leaders in community and environmental responsibility, and World Class benefits,” the reader will be motivated to consider applying for a job at Penguin.

Overall, this site gives plenty of useful information presented in an attractive and easy-to-navigate format that compels the reader to realistically consider a job in the publishing industry as a worthwhile career.

Publishers Global: Directory of Fiction Publishers


This is a directory of Australian book publishers, which can be searched and filtered depending on different options selected. You can search by country, by subject, by media, by language and by what services you require. By searching “fiction publishers of Australia” 22 results come up ranging from well-known publishing houses (like Penguin) to lesser known publishers (like Hardie Grant books). Although, some of the publishing houses that come up in the results are actually non-fiction publishers, which is perhaps a little fault in the keywords inputting behind the scenes.

This site is great for an aspiring publisher hoping to find out more about their job options in regards to what kinds of material they would like to publish. For example, someone who is interested in publishing science fiction and fantasy would look at working at Winterbourne Publishing because, “Winterbourne Publishing is a boutique Australian e-publisher of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) by new or unknown Australian authors.”

With so many options open to search through, this directory is very helpful and informative. It’s a great place to start out researching what publishing houses exist and what they specialise in.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Blogs: So You Want to Work in Publishing

Gina Barreca writes a series of seven blog posts about working in the publishing industry. She offers a “warts and all” view on what it’s really like to work in the industry from personal experience and the experiences of others, who have guest-written some of the blog posts. There are some funny sorties, especially in the 7th instalment, “Do you annoy your editor?” which talks about an author who just can’t understand why the whole world wouldn’t want to read his book, which he believes to be ultra- fascinating. “He wants to be a household name. He wants glawr. He. Wants. Oprah.” There are wonderful “crazy author” sorties to read, but also some good advice and serious points. It’s great to get an insider’s view on the publishing industry and the whole series of blogs together are a great read.

To read all the posts together is not an easy feat, you need to click on the author’s name and scroll down until you find the series you’re looking for, which aren’t all under the same common name. They are titled, “So You Want To Work In Publishing?” “So You STILL Want to Work in Publishing?” “Jobs in Publishing: Real Life Part 3” “What Editors Think of Writers: Real Life Part 4” “Real Life in Publishing: Life as an Editorial Assistant” “Salaries, Smells and Successes: Real Life in Publishing Part 6” “Do You Annoy Your Editor? Real Life in Publishing, Part 7.” If they had a common link or a “next in this series” link to connect them together, it would be much easier for the reader. But overall, it’s a fun read and offers great insight into the publishing industry.