The Literary Consultancy is to host a two-day practical and interactive course for aspiring publishers.
The course has been designed by The Book Skills Collective, a group of three publishing consultants each with over 20 years' experience in the sector. Speakers will include Drummond Moir, publisher at Sceptre; Yassine Belkacemi, senior publicity manager at John Murray; Joanna Seaton, production director at Hodder & Stoughton; and novelist Chris Cleave.
The course will help participants understand the publishing industry from multiple angles: its economics, its disciplines and career paths, its rewards and challenges. It will also teach them about the practical tactics they need to get a job in the industry, from CVs and interviews to internships and networking.
TLC director Aki Schilz said: "It is patently apparent that there are a range of people who feel unable to find 'ways in' to the book trade due to a lack of support, from care-leavers to career-changers and those without 'traditional' degrees; those to whom the industry's HR structures, led by companies like Penguin Random House, is just beginning to open up.
"TLC's priority is to champion writers, but we recognise that the voices we are trying to get through will never change if those who support their publication do not. I'm delighted that we are able to partner on this course which is truly dynamic (not just lecture style), myth-busting, practical, and allows participants to put their learning to the test with Publishing Simulators, an inspired programme move. A number of sponsored places will be available for those needing financial support."
Jason Bartholomew, one of the course directors, said: "Not only have [the course directors] and I worked across many disciplines within a number of different publishers over the last two decades, we have also taught extensively on a range of different publishing courses. Our experience has made us aware of a pressing need for a really clear, concise but in-depth and up-to-date introduction to an industry that, from the outside can sometimes seem slightly arcane.
"We want to remove barriers to entry by showing participants what to expect ‘behind the scenes’ and give them the practical advice and skills they need to get that foot in the door, whatever their background. Between us we’ve managed big teams and interviewed countless applicants, so we want to share that insider knowledge and our love of the vibrant publishing industry."
The course will take place over the weekend of April 22nd-23rd at London's Free Word Centre. A travel bursary will be available to those needing financial support to get to London. Tickets will be available on the TLC website.