Philippa Fiszzon is a production editor at Kogan Page.
What do you do?
I guide books from final manuscript through to publication in print and ebook formats. I work closely with copy-editors, proofreaders and indexers, as well as authors, typesetters, print suppliers, the cover designer and other colleagues. At any one time, I’m managing several different books that are at different stages in the production process.
How did you get into being a Production Editor?
I was working as a personal assistant. I wanted to get into publishing, so I did an evening course at the London School of Publishing, gaining an editorial qualification. I also did some work experience.
What do you love about your role?
The autonomy – I’m able to organise my own work and decide what I need to prioritise each day. I also enjoy the problem-solving side of the job – each book brings different editorial and design challenges, and finding solutions is very satisfying.
Why did you want to work as a Production Editor?
I had a friend working in publishing and found out about the industry from her. I felt I had some of the right qualities – including being quite meticulous and enjoying attention to detail – and I thought I would like working in the industry.
What would be your top tip for someone who wants to work in production at a publishing company?
Get some work experience and sign up with a specialist publishing recruitment agency.