Hello everyone! As I’m sure the vast majority of you know, in September I am going to be doing a masters in publishing in London. I thought I would do a specific series of posts about my experiences not only during my publishing degree, but (hopefully!) also my publishing career! The tag I’m using is #theloginlondon – I’m also planning on using it on Twitter, so look out for that. 🙂
Today I’m just going to do a brief overview about the degree I’m doing, and the books that I’ve been recommended to read before I get there. So! I’m going to be attending The UCL Centre for Publishing. It teaches very practical skills that are needed in the publishing industry, such as marketing, editing, and entrepreneurship. There are also quite a few optional modules that I could take, such as the Booksellers and Bookselling course, or a specific one about Children’s Publishing! This is one of only a few publishing degrees that I could find in the UK – others being at City London, Edinburgh Napier and Oxford Brookes.
So far I’ve been recommended to read these three books before I begin:
The Publishing Business is an invaluable guide to understanding what book publishing is and what it might become. Using popular and current examples, Kelvin Smith demonstrates that to succeed, publishers must prove their commitment to producing accurate, attractive and well edited content, their ability to innovate pioneering digital technologies and their dedication to promoting their titles to new audiences.
If your ambition is to succeed in the world of publishing, owning a copy of The Publishing Business is a must. Ideal for students wanting to discover which part of the publishing process is for them, and all those who wish to fully grasp the debates and industry developments revolutionising publishing today.
How do publishers work and make money? Why do they exist?
This expanded and thoroughly revised fourth edition of Inside Book Publishing is designed for students of publishing, authors needing to find out publishing secrets, and those wanting to get in or get on in the industry. It addresses the big issues globalization of publishing, the impact of the internet and explains publishing from the author contract to the bookshop shelf.
how the present industry has evolved publishing functions editorial, design and production, marketing, sales and distribution, and rights the role of the author copyright and contracts the sales channels for books in the UK, from the high street to ebooks getting a job in publishing.
Selling Rights is a guide to all aspects of selling rights and co-publications throughout the world. The fifth edition of this authoritative handbook has been updated to include the changes which have taken place in technology, sales and distribution, and legislation in the UK and overseas. It covers the full range of potential rights, from English-language territorial rights, book club and paperback sales through to serial rights, translation rights, dramatization and documentary rights and electronic publishing and multimedia. Lynette Owen provides full details of the historical and legal background to rights, advises on aspects of negotiating licence contracts and explains how to get the best possible deal.
This fully revised and updated edition of Selling Rights includes:
changes in legislation in the UK and the EU following implementation of the EU Directive on Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society information on the copyright situation in the United States, Australia and New Zealand advice on rights management systems and on the use of websites and e-mail promotion for maximizing rights sales low-priced licensed editions in developing markets and trading with non-copyright countries e-books, digital content aggregators, downloadable audiobooks, electronic rights for new platforms and digitization initiatives by new players such as Google and Amazon.
A handy guide, it is indispensible reading for all those seeking an authoritive source of information on selling rights.
If you’re interested in the publishing industry but you don’t necessarily want to go on a course, maybe you could start with these! I’ve actually found them quite interesting so far. 🙂
That’s it for me for now – I’m probably going to continue this series much more once I’ve actually moved to London and started the course properly.