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Tips for getting a job in Children's publishing
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Getting Started: Tips for getting a job in Children's publishing from the team at Sweet Cherry

By Sweet Cherry

It’s #WorkInPublishing week! To celebrate, the team at Sweet Cherry Publishing have put together their top tips for anyone looking to go into the industry. 

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Abdul Thadha, Managing Director

“If you get an interview for a job in publishing you should research trends and become commercially aware so you can tie your answers with your knowledge of the industry.”

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Cecilia Bennett, Managing Editor

“It can be hard to convey your enthusiasm for publishing in a cover letter, so research the publishing companies you apply to, decide why you're passionate about what they do, and think about what you could bring to the team. This will help your application will feel more focused.”

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Kellie Jones, Editorial Assistant

“If doing a publishing course (and it's not a prerequisite), remember it's the things you do outside class that differentiate you from the many others with that same degree. Take every opportunity to stand out.”

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Chris Ogle, Editorial Assistant

“Don't worry if you take a bit of a circuitous route before you find the job you're aiming for – experience of different aspects of the publishing industry can prove invaluable.”

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Lara Clift, Foreign Rights Manager

 “Remember that publishing is not just editorial! Before you apply for a position at a house, research all of the different roles within publishing and think about where you might be best suited because there are so many fantastic and varied opportunities, such as rights, sales, publicity and marketing and this will help you to know your mind when you apply.”

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Daniel Faulkner, Marketing and Sales Executive

“Use any experience you're offered and be flexible, creative and hands-on. That way, you can know what you want to do without being restricted by it. Also, look outside London!”

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Jess Stenson, Publicity and Sales Executive

“Make sure that your CV shows how keen you are about the industry, whether that’s through work experience, a book blog, your education or all three and more.”

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Amy Wong, Editorial and Production Assistant

“Remember that doing a publishing internship isn’t the only way of gaining relevant experience – for example, running a student society or working in retail can teach you valuable skills as well.”

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Rhiannon Izard, Production Editor

“Go to relevant fairs, or even better volunteer, that way you can attend them and add them to your CV. Also look at the list of exhibitors, as there are lots of publishers out there and this is a good way to find and meet them.”

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Elena Distefano, Designer

“Getting a job in design within publishing is tough; there is a lot of competition. You need a portfolio geared up for publishing so make sure you have lots of covers and layouts with a variety of unconventional ideas that considers every element of a cover design. How can it stand out from the rest? What makes the book interesting as an object? You are only as good as your weakest piece so make sure your portfolio is consistent.”

Sweet Cherry is holding a live Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 15th November 3-4pm. If you have a question for a member of the team, tweet @SweetCherryPub with #WorkInPublishing. Sweet Cherry Publishing is a children’s publishing house based in Leicester, UK. 

This blog was published in November 2017.