The Professionals' Guide to Publishing: A Practical Introduction to Working in the Publishing Industry

The Professionals' Guide to Publishing: A Practical Introduction to Working in the Publishing Industry

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By (author) Gill Davies, By (author) Richard Balkwill

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  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 22mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749455411
  • ISBN 13: 9780749455415
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 261,033

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"The Professionals' Guide to Publishing" is a practical introduction to working in the publishing industry. The authors provide a clear overview of its many functions, including editorial, production, sales and marketing; ensuring that the reader has a firm understanding of their responsibilities and how these departments work cross-functionally. Providing a thorough grounding in how publishing works including information on permissions and the current legal framework; they also examine current and enduring trends in publishing including; networking, supply chains and e-publishing.

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Author information

Gill Davies worked in publishing for 26 years, and was one of the UK's leading academic publishers. She has worked all over the world and was a member of the governing council of the Publishers' Association. Now retired, she was also Professor of Publishing at the University of the Arts London, where she was course director for the MA in Book Publishing. Richard Balkwill has 25 years experience in education publishing. He currently runs his own training and consultancy business, focusing on the themes of publishing finance and the management of copyright and intellectual property. He is an associate at Rights.com and a director of the Independent Publishers' Guild.

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"There's no substitute for a thorough understanding of the pressures on one's clients - and this book certainly provides that. Which is why I shall be making copies available to many of the people working in our business who are in day-to-day contact with publishers and customers." Sheila Bounford 20110201 "This title is a plain-speaking guide to the business of what goes into making and selling a book for those just starting out in publishing. The book goes a long way to fill in those crucial gaps in knowledge for those in their first job in publishing, or still trying to get to grips with who does what and why." Rebecca Haworth 20110201 "This handbook allows the readers to become familiar with legal, taxation, and employment regulations, and how to avoid bureaucracy in the EU. A practical source, the handbook discusses some of the key issues that need to be addressed when drawing up a business plan for operation in a new EU market." Abstracts of Public Administration, Development and Environment 20110201 "This clear, detailed, and soberly factual account of the ins and outs of book publishing as a business is aimed, as the title makes clear, at would-be-publishers...But much of its contents will be of equal interest to aspiring or practising writers...The guide's authors are reasonably up-front about a central question of equal interest to writers and publishers alike: how to tell in advance whether a book will sell or not." The Self Publishing Magazine 20110401

Editorial reviews

This clear, detailed, and soberly factual account of the ins and outs of book publishing as a business is aimed, as the title makes clear, at would-be-publishers...But much of its contents will be of equal interest to aspiring or practising writers...The guide's authors are reasonably up-front about a central question of equal interest to writers and publishers alike: how to tell in advance whether a book will sell or not.