Get your skills set for publishing!

September 28th, 2010 by SCIPC | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Get your skills set for publishing!
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Louise Franklin – Publishing Sector Co-ordinator at Skillset, the industry body which supports skills and training in the creative industries – will be here on Thursday the 30th of September to impart some valuable advice regarding what employers are looking for in the world of books, newspapers, magazines, journals and directories. She will also give you practical tips on how to break into publishing, the organisations that can help you, networking and information about the different kinds of work placements.

Time: Thursday, 30th September, 6-8pm
Place: The Room, Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU, Edinburgh
£5 entry, free for SYP members

There will be an opportunity to chat to Louise and other attendees after the event over wine and nibbles.


– Padmini Ray Murray

Helena reports from New York!

September 2nd, 2010 by SCIPC | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Helena reports from New York!
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Regular readers of our blog may remember Helena O Leary’s post on her getting an internship at Continuum, New York. Six weeks in, Helena lets us know how positive her experience has been so far…

Six weeks into an internship with Continuum International Publishing Group in their New York office and I couldn’t be happier with how its going. Within my first hour of work I knew (with a certain amount of relief) that there was no doubt in my mind that publishing is definitely the industry for me. So far there has not been one task I have completed that has not excited and enthused me, encouraging me in my future career in publishing.

My tasks have ranged from filing and mailing, to permissions and transmittals, as well as reviewing contracts and liaising with authors. Each experience has afforded me invaluable insight into the editorial process. I couldn’t offer greater advice to future publishing studies students of the University of Stirling than to do an internship, do multiple internships. The experience gained compares to no other and it will increase the value of your resume/CV beyond theoretical learning. Having said that, however, I owe any present or future successes within the publishing industry to the University of Stirling Mlitt. In Publishing Studies program and all the staff within the department. I am eternally grateful to you all.

Outside of office hours one can find me on a frantic search for a full time job in a publishing house here in the city. In recessionary times this is an unenviable task, but I am confident that armed with my Mlitt. From the University of Stirling and my practical experience from the internship, success in this matter is not too far away at all.

— Helena O’Leary