Describe your role
I work on the Writers & Artists website, the online extension of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook which is now in its 111th year of publication. As part of a team of two, I help look after the website and am responsible for commissioning content and managing our online community. I also organise our events each year which include evening masterclasses, writing courses and conferences.
What do you like best about your role?
The variety is something that I absolutely love. Being exposed to so many different areas has helped me build a diverse skill-set. My role encompasses everything from creating marketing and publicity plans, to filming and interviewing authors, as well as organising writing competitions and managing our social media accounts.
Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
I’m in the process of finalising our event schedule for 2018. We’ve established some brilliant partnerships with the likes of Arts University Bournemouth and The Open University to make writing and publishing events more accessible to aspiring writers everywhere. Publishing and writing events are often criticised for being too London-centric. With that in mind, we’re keen to grow relationships with different organisations and charities across the UK to bring the Writers & Artists expertise to their doorstep.
What skills do you need for your role?
Like most publishing roles, organisation is absolutely crucial. Juggling a whole host of jobs also means that the ability to prioritise and be confident in your judgement is part of the daily routine. Networking in a way that doesn’t come across as forced is also so important. Naturally, I’ve met some brilliant people and off the back of these friendships I’ve been able to establish contacts and organise great event opportunities.
What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
Getting into publishing can often feel like no easy feat. Be proactive in researching what types of roles are out there and how you can build your experience, whether that’s contributing blog posts to review websites or attending talks with authors and industry professionals. Learn as much as you can, but know your worth when navigating the sometimes murky waters of internships and employment. It takes a bit of confidence to put yourself out there, but persevere. It’ll be worth it.