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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (16 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713685034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713685039
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I reckon that anyone who genuinely wants a career in the book or magazine business should read this from cover to cover and back again... This is the Wisden of how to get into publishing.' Richard Charkin, Executive Director, Bloomsbury Publishing

About the Author

Alison Baverstock is a former publisher and now author, who writes about writing, publishing and creativity. Her previous books for A&C Black include Is There A Book in You? and Marketing Your Book: An Author's Guide. She is Course Leader of the MA in Publishing at Kingston University and her website is www.alisonbaverstock.com.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas W. N. Jones on 2 Oct. 2008
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Having worked in publishing for thirty years and lectured to careers services about what it is like as an occupation for much of that time, I bought this book to see how how another's approach matched my take on the industry. I knew of Alison Baverstock's involvement in training and advice through her long-time work at the Publishing Training Centre and Kingston University. Her (and her fellow writers') love of the industry comes shining through, but the views are not through rose-tinted spectacles. It is honest and direct, and captures both the frustrations and rewards of the work. It gives realistic and practical advice with checklists and anecdotes, and is thus an ideal companion to Giles Clark's Inside Book Publishing which is more analytical and textbook-like. Anyone seriously considering applying to work in book publishing should read both books - and How To ... has the added benefit of covering magazine publishing too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TM Bloodworth-Barker on 13 May 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and was inspired to polish up my CV immediately. The breakdown of different roles in the industry was excellent, as was the advice about how to get a foot in the door. Thanks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VoxAeterna on 25 April 2008
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"How to Get a Job in Publishing" is the book that I (and I suspect many others) have been waiting for! Another great success from the stable of publishing specialist Alison Baverstock, this book is a logical and well laid out guide to breaking into the industry. Whether you are interested in book publishing, journal publishing, magazine publishing or e-publishing, this personable guide holds your hand, helps you to identify your goals and shows you the best way to get there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Right Stuff on 25 April 2008
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Hurrah - at long last a careers bible for anyone wanting to break into publishing. Well written and easy to follow, this guidebook contains very practical and useful information about all the different facets of the publishing industry with all its wonderful quirks. Anecdotes from leading industry figures combined with the authors (often humorous) experiences create essential reading for anyone considering a job in publishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bruce on 16 Sept. 2008
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I read this book as a newcomer to the world of publishing and now feel that I understand the industry much better. The book provides a detailed overview of almost every area of publishing, from books to magazines, and then goes into more detail about different departments.

In addition, it has some fantastic advice on making applications and surviving interviews. The tips and words of wisdom from various professionals that are included throughout the chapters are very insightful and memorable.
This is a comprehensive, informative and very readable guide to succeeding within publishing, and I will definitely be consulting it in the years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Sholem on 30 Jun. 2008
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Written in an informative yet informal style, this book provides a great deal of practical information about what working in publishing is actually like. I particularly found the practical information on how to plan and carry out a job search reassuring and helpful. Both the authors' enjoyment of their work & their desire to see you,the reader,succeed come through on every page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By polkmn on 13 Jun. 2009
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This is the best 'publishing' book I've read - it details the different areas/jobs, how things work, what sort of person is suited to each sort of job, and lots of practical advice for how to break into the industry. Written in an engaging style by three experienced insiders (and filled with lots of other publishing people's experiences/opinions), this is a book you will read all of if you want to know more about publishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dragonlance on 16 Dec. 2014
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I brought this book as, obviously, I wanted a job in publishing. Since reading it and having done internships within publishing I have decided on another route. However the book itself is full of helpful information on cv writing and tips for interviews which can easily be transferred to other professions. I found how they explained and displayed the cv easy to understand, something which I put into my own cv and has helped me get my current job. The interview tips are good to read for any profession, such as how to dress and what you should bring with you to the interview.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to get into the publishing industry.
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