TLC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a two-day ‘Get a Job in Publishing’ course over the weekend of April 21st-22nd 2018 at the Free Word Centre, London.

The course has been designed by The Book Skills Collective, a group of three consultants each with two decades’ experience in book publishing. No graduate degree or any experience is required to sign up, and we welcome both younger people looking for entry level roles and older people wanting a career change. This course will help participants understand the publishing industry from every angle; its economics, its disciplines and career paths, its rewards and challenges. It will also equip them with all the practical tactics they need to get a job in the industry, from CVs and interviews to internships and networking.

Speakers will include Drummond Moir (Publisher, Sceptre), Yassine Belkacemi (Senior Publicity Manager, John Murray), Joanna Seaton(Production Director, Hodder & Stoughton), and award-novelist Chris Cleave (Everyone Brave is Forgiven, New York Times bestseller; Little Bee, Costa-shortlisted; “one of our most powerful, important and psychologically insightful novelists”).

TLC Director Aki Schilz said: “It is patently apparent that there are a range of people who feel unable to find ‘ways in’ to the book trade due to a lack of support, from care-leavers to career-changers and those without ‘traditional’ degrees; those to whom the industry’s HR structures, led by companies like Penguin Random House, is just beginning to open up. TLC’s priority is to champion writers, but we recognise that the voices we are trying to get through will never change if those who support their publication do not. I’m delighted that we are able to partner on this course which is truly dynamic, myth-busting, practical, and allows participants to put their learning to the test with Publishing Simulators, an inspired programme move.”

Jason Bartholomew, The Book Skills Collective, said: “Not only have James, Jessica and I worked across many disciplines within a number of different publishers over the last two decades, we have also taught extensively on a range of different publishing courses. Our experience has made us aware of a pressing need for a really clear, concise but in-depth and up-to-date introduction to an industry that, from the outside can sometimes seem slightly arcane. We want to remove barriers to entry by showing participants what to expect ‘behind the scenes’ and give them the practical advice and skills they need to get that foot in the door, whatever their background. Between us we’ve managed big teams and interviewed countless applicants, so we want to share that insider knowledge and our love of the vibrant publishing industry.”

Day One 10am-4pm

They will cover areas including How a Book Gets Published, What a Financially Successful Book Looks Like, Anatomy of a Publishing Firm, and the programme includes sessions looking at the following departments in detail – Editorial, Publicity, Marketing, Sales, Rights, and Production and Design. Coffee and tea will be provided, and a sandwich lunch is included.

Day Two 10am-3.30pm

They will look at Routes into Publishing, how to write a CV and Covering Letter, Interview Techniques, Social Media, Trade Organisations and Networking Opportunities, and will hear from New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Cleave to the theme ‘What Makes a Good Publisher?’ Coffee and tea will be provided.

Jason Bartholomew has 20 years of experience in publishing across New York and London. He is currently a Rights Director for Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Headline Publishing Group and Quercus Books; alongside working as the Publishing Director of Quercus US in North America. While in New York, Jason worked for Little, Brown, Grand Central Publishing, John Wiley & Sons and Bulfinch Press. He was named Bookseller Rights Professional of the Year in 2013.

Jessica Killingley has 20 years’ experience in marketing departments at Penguin Random House and Hachette, where she was a Marketing Director, creating bestselling campaigns for household names including John Grisham, Stephen King, and Stephen Fry. She now runs her own Publishing Consultancy helping entrepreneurs write and publish books to grow their business.

James Spackman is commissioning editor at Profile Books cycling imprint Pursuit. Founder of the Spare Room Project, offering accommodation to aspiring publishing professionals, James also runs workshops on presentation and copywriting. Formerly Sales and Marketing Director at John Murray and Hodder, MD of a division of Osprey Group, he is an experienced conference presenter specialising in trade marketing and reader experience.

Tickets cost £150+ VAT for the full weekend. General booking opens January 30th (those who signed up for priority tickets via the TLC newsletter can go ahead and use their promotional code now), and in due course TLC will be announcing further details of sponsored places for low-income aspiring publishers, and a travel bursary to help those coming in from outside of London. Book here.