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家Working Tips

Some of you may be used to working from home already but it’s very likely that the current situation will mean many more of us will be doing this from now on for some weeks.

If you’re used to working with a team in an office, working on your own at home can be a culture shock. It’s important to keep communicating with your colleagues and manager to ensure you feel engaged and motivated. Here are a few ideas and tips to help…

Checklist for companies / managers

  • Think about what equipment, software, access and logins your team may need to do their work remotely
  • 做a quick check on laptops, chargers, headsets, webcams etc to make sure they’re in working order before giving out
  • Ask your team to share their home/mobile contact numbers and circulate this list
  • Check your office can forward calls to another number and ideally turn the function off outside of work hours. Can people log in to check voicemails if left?
  • If people don’t have an unlimited phone package agree to cover expenses for usage
  • 记录重要的利益相关者/供应商联系人并与您的团队分享
  • Get everyone to access / download a video conference app like Zoom so you can have video meetings with each other and customers
  • Decide on an instant messenger eg Skype / LinkedIn etc so your team can communicate amongst themselves without clogging up emails
  • Agree guidelines on checking in to confirm you’re well and able to work that day / when plan on taking lunch / arrange cover for time off

For when working you’re at home

  • 您将希望尽可能有效,因此请确保您有一个清晰的工作空间,以及合适的工作表面和椅子
  • Think about structuring your day – you might be able to start and finish earlier if not commuting
  • Try not to get distracted with household chores, factor in some break times and if possible take a proper break outside at lunchtime and get some fresh air, go for a walk etc
  • Communicate with your team on your movements and any successes / useful tips that have worked well for you
  • At the end of the day, make your to-do list for tomorrow and pack up the desk so you have clear free time separate from your working day

Some useful links:

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/coronavirus-latest

https://www.theguardian.com/covid-19-could-cause-permanent-shift-towards-home-working

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/Coronavirus: What are your rights if working from home?

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Bite Sized Series: Exciting Editorial

Is it difficult to get an editorial role in publishing?

Some Editorial positions are notoriously competitive (particularly in trade publishing). But there are so many different types of editorial jobs, from editorial assistant, desk editor, project editor to commissioning editors, etc… and so many different types of publishing sectors, there must be an Editorial role waiting for you! Do not forget about educational, scientific or professional publishing, as these are very dynamic and rewarding areas of publishing. How do you learn about these? Research and networking! Talk to publishing professionals, attend events to get to know different markets, get in touch with your recruiter. Keep an open mind when looking for an editorial role as the right opportunity might be at a publisher you’ve never heard of before!

What skills do I need to work in an editorial role?

It really depends on the editorial role you are trying to get. If you are intending to go towards commissioning, a commercial mind set and networking skills are essential, as well as a strong relationship building aptitude. If you are considering project editing, then project management and organisation would come in handy. Generally a good attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills and the will to learn are valued in an editorial role. Soft skills are all the rage, and a positive, flexible and a proactive approach to work will get you places!

Can I change publishing sector later in my career?

当然你可以!你得到的第一份工作并不determine the rest of your career. But try to explore a few routes at the beginning of your career maybe to find that special publishing industry you love. Or be prepared to be flexible if you are considering moving publishing sectors when you have already gained solid experience. You will have developed transferrable skills and valuable experience. But for more senior roles, publishers usually require established knowledge of their sector/type of list, so you might have to take a step down in order to break into a new sector.

So just to sum up:

  • Becuriousand do keep an开放的心态when it comes to editorial roles and publishing sectors
  • 做yourresearchandspeak to people! It’s the best way to discover what a particular editorial position involves or learn more about different publishing sectors
  • Work on yoursoft skills(we have a blog on this)! You will develop many as you gain experience, but a friendly and positive attitude is your best bet to start.
  • Beflexible如果您正在努力进入新的出版部门。

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Why Temping is Terrific!

Have you thought about temping? Did you decide to focus on securing a permanent role?

A common misunderstanding about temping is that it distracts you from finding your dream job! This is not the case…

Temping is the perfect way to decide the kind of role you would like, the type of company you would like to work for and where your skill set lies.

不仅如此,但临时位置可以变成永久性的位置!如果你努力工作,脱颖而出并证明自己不想让你走!

Here’s what one of our temps said:

“当我第一次去见他们时,阿特伍德·塔特真的很有帮助,友好,让我陷入一个伟大的出版社迅速进入一个临时角色......当我的临时角色使得永久性的角色时,他们也非常热情和鼓励(即使是指意味着切割我的临时合同短)。肯定会推荐阿特伍德·泰特,以便任何希望出版的人!'

Once you are in, you get first pick of any internal roles and you can apply!

Temping also allows you to build up your publishing knowledge and experience that will assist you in an interview along with building up your network of contacts in a small industry.

Our temp’s team doesn’t stop assisting you once we have placed you in a role. Instead we will continue to place you into temp roles to build up your publishing experience which will secure you a permanent role!

`It has been a great success since registering in May this year. The windows into different areas of the publishing industry that assignments offered have proven invaluable for securing a permanent publishing role. I’ve felt support from start to finish.’

Contact our temps team to register:

Novia Kingshott, Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultant on 0203 574 4421

Kathryn Flicker, Temps Coordinator on 0203 574 4427

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BIC.Breakfast: Towards a Greener Book Industry

In the UK we are becoming increasingly concerned about climate change and more and more of us are thinking about how we might take some responsibility for making our world greener. I attended theBIC.(Book Industry Communication) Breakfast to hear about what’s happening in the publishing industry.

Carnstone’s Book Chain Project speakers outlined how they’ve been working with 28 publishers to review issues in the supply chain. There are 3 main areas they’ve looked at:

Labour & Environment

Labour standards and work conditions at printers need to be regularly assessed. There is the issue of modern slavery particularly in the Far East and the onus is on publishers to monitor this.

Chemical Safety & Materials

There’s a lot that publishers can do to in terms of materials choices. However, it’s not as simple as stopping using glitter as children’s publishers need to supply the demands of the market (and it turns out biodegradable glitter really isn’t?!)

Forest Sourcing

出版商可以查看使用可持续的木材用于纸浆,例如从工厂源木材的轧机购买代替支持森林砍伐。

Neil Springall, Head of Operaions, Penguin Random House Distribution clearly feels we all have a moral duty to start making changes and drove a plan to focus on a reduction of plastic use at PRH. He had some great quotes including: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan

Incredibly over 40% of all global plastic usage is in packaging. Publishers mainly use plastic for shrink wrapping and carton filling to protect books.

After only a few months, PRH have already achieved a 47% reduction and are aiming for 75% soon.

One major change has been a move to ‘multi use pallet lids’ – these are an expensive product but save both on huge amounts of shrink wrap and labour time. They now employ 4 people full-time to shred all their cardboard which is then used as packaging material in place of plastic. Brilliant!


Another issue is reducing mileage for transporting books between printers, distribution centres and bookshops. This lead nicely onto the final speaker…

Dave Thompson of Publiship gave a round-up of shipping and gave some fascinating facts – did you know that:

  • 90% of world trade is moved by sea
  • Shipping containers were only introduced in the 1950s and widespread adoption from the ‘60s is the largest contributor to globalisation (and not the net!)

There have been improvements in engineering over recent years helping reduce emissions but container ships still emit enormous levels of Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrogen Dioxide (international shipping accounts for 2.1% of all CO2 emissions). Publishers need to get books from their printers to countries around the world and there are other options:

Clearly, shipping is the best option and ‘slow steaming’ (takes c. 1 week longer) saves huge amounts of fuel and emissions.

I also learnt about Ballast – ships take on huge amounts of water to stabilise as they use up fuel / when empty of their cargo. They load the ballast water in the source port then discharge at the destination port with issues that they’re potentially discharging polluted water and predatory sea creatures. Fortunately there are laws in place to help avoid this now. Thanks to Alaina-Marie Bassett of BIC for organizing such an interesting event. If you’d like to learn more about BIC see @BIC1UK andwww.bic.org.uk.



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Byte The Book on The Future of Culture and Storytelling

Byte The Book2019年6月在Groucho Club上举办了一个活动“文化和讲故事的未来看起来像什么?”由乌龟的Michael Kowalski主办的小组包括来自法兰克福书展和潘MacMillan的技术总监James Luscombe的亚历克斯·霍尔斯。

小组同意预测未来可能是令人难以置信的困难,而且没有许多人将预测最近的普及经济讨论和播客。希望他们仍未达到他们的高峰,并且可以使用作者,访谈等有很多机会。小组同意人们真正喜欢播客的真实性。

关于新技术即将推出的思想:

James has been playing around with a voice app but it’s really hard to control and is still too early for the available technology. 4G made downloading and accessing content much quicker and easier and it’ll be interesting to see what 5G will bring…

Ines talked about cutting-edge areas for storytelling methods. Innovative story telling is coming with immersive content and AI eg Springer brought out an AI textbook but there’s still the question of how to monetise these kind of products.

Alex mentioned what some of the audience agreed with – the future is scary (he referred to Black Mirror! And that we don’t know what’s going to happen next.

The panel agreed there’s a huge amount of stories and content out there, which means that the really good things can get drowned out. As well as great books, there’s so much extra marketing content too – everyone is a storyteller, with social media we’re now living in a storyfied world.

An interesting question from the audience was to see how many people use Siri etc with only 25% of the room currently engaging. So we all love reading but it might be a while before we ask them for a bedtime story!

https://bytethebook.com/

#bytethebook

https://bytethebook.com/report of the event and pics

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出版面试提示!

You have reached the interview stage, great news! Now you have to face the dreaded interview. Don’t worry, we have some interview dos and don’ts for you to master your publishing interview, and maybe even enjoy it!

  • Use the job description and person specification to hone in on the skills and competencies they are looking for
  • Practice an interview situation with your friends or family
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm (but not bone breaking!) handshake
  • Take copies of your cv, covering letter and relevant documents with you
  • 衣服好;出版是一个创造性的行业,你可以用你的衣服表达自己,同时看起来很聪明
  • 留下足够的时间来接受面试;迟到会让你在面试前感到压力
  • Keep eye contact, wait for your turn to speak and listen carefully to the questions you are being asked
  • 回答问题并清楚地表达(实践会有所帮助)
  • Be honest
  • 问问题!面试也是您的机会,了解公司是否适合您以及对他们的合适,因此提前准备一些研究的问题
  • Be confident in your skills and abilities, have examples ready which demonstrate your experience in relation to the job requirements
  • Show your enthusiasm! You can also follow up after the interview to thank them for their time

做n’t

  • Dress too casually
  • Complain about your previous role or employer! You want your interview to be a positive experience
  • Lie about your skills or abilities, lies can be detected! You also don’t want to be in a difficult situation if you find yourself unable to do the job
  • Be too hard on yourself if you do not answer a question quite right, instead remain positive and move onto the next. You won’t be judged for making a mistake on one question
  • 除非你的面试官做了薪水,假期和福利
  • Be blunt or too simple in your answers with just a `yes’ or `no’, you are expected to explain where possible, without rambling
  • Talk over your interviewer or finish their sentences for them

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Who are Jessica Kingsley Publishers?

We had a fantastic evening at the Book Machine: Meets Jessica Kingsley Publishers event yesterday! It was great to hear from the panel on how JKP works, how they develop their list, how they market to their audience and what makes them different from other publishers.

JKP made its name through publishing specialist literature on autism. As awareness grew, their list grew and they are now market leaders. JKP identify niche markets and identify the needs of a specific group of people.

Here we have summarised what each of the speakers had to say about their role within JKP.

Lisa Clark – Editorial Director

Lisa has been at JKP since 2007.

JKP published their first book on autism in 2006. The list now comprises of 650 books from picture books for children to parenting memoirs and is an internationally recognised list.

How does JKP maintain and develop an established list? It is important that they stay ahead of the curve and maintain creativity. It is key for editors to stay in touch with the community by meeting people constantly, attending events and being present online. Editors do this by tuning in to the debates on twitter so they can identify emerging topics. This network brings authors to JKP.

JKP champions strength and difference. Editors identify sensitivity to readership, to language for example, so that they can maintain strong relationships with communities. Lisa says that this sensitivity is what makes JKP stand out compared to other publishers who dabble in and out of these markets.

They champion autistic thinking and provide support for the challenges. 8/10 of top e-books last year were from the autism list and they are now looking to create more digital content.

What drew Lisa to JKP?Lisa fell into her role but cannot imagine herself leaving, after being at JKP for 12 years.

Andrew James, Senior Commissioning Editor

Andrew manages the gender and diversity list. The list has filled gaps in the market and now successfully dominates it. This year JKP will publish their first book on the overlap between autism and transgender people. Andrew says that other publishers might see some topics as too niche but for JKP they are a goldmine!

建立一个清单需要很多研究;编辑不能盲目,相反,他们需要了解语言和术语,社区和当前辩论所面临的问题。他们还可以查看其他出版商如何接近主题,他们做错了什么以及他们做到了什么。

JKP publishes in a vertical way; they publish resources for children, teens and adults. This means that they have left no opportunity for other publishers to muscle in on their market.

Andrew says that the authors are the experts! The authors know what the market wants. JKP does not work with agents instead they commission from inside the community.

The challenge is to stay ahead of the pack and identify new audiences to reach out to. JKP avoids trends and has moved away from memoirs and introductory books.

Andrew also stays on top of what is new on social media, what is being written about on blogs. YouTube is also a platform for people to share and speak about their experiences.

What drew Andrew to JKP?Andrew used to work in academic publishing but he got sick of monographs. Andrew loves that in the morning he can be working on a children’s book and in the afternoon he can be working on a professional book. Andrew is also passionate about LGBT rights.

Sarah Plows – Marketing Manager

The marketing team is made up of 6 marketing executives who each have responsibility for a certain list and market towards a certain group.

营销团队将自己沉浸在客户的需求和关注点。他们通过通过电子邮件,会议,通过电话和阅读专家媒体和推特进行沟通来实现这一点。这允许团队意识到敏感度。

Their long-term strategy for the niche market is to build their mailing list (230,000 contacts) of already engaged customers who have made a commitment to the brand. They can then use email marketing to target these contacts.

Content marketing is also important; the blog has 200,000 hits a year. The team ensures the content is as discoverable as possible, for example by framing headings as questions that people may use in google searches.

营销团队还利用其作者的关系和联系。他们的作者可能会有与专业组织的联系,一些作者为非政府组织工作。

What drew Sarah to JKP?Sarah loves that JKP has a wide remit to be innovative and take risks. Publishing a diverse range for a diverse audience and meeting audience needs is rewarding for Sarah.

Lily Bowden – Senior Publicity and Marketing Executive

Lily says that autism, gender and mental health currently have the most publicity appeal.

“Own voices” is a buzz term at the moment with authors sharing their own experiences. It is important for Lily to put the author’s voice at the forefront of her pitches and to find something relatable within own voices stories.

Lily treats her authors as a fount of knowledge, they are the experts and the best people to learn from and talk to. This not only generates trust with the authors that their story will be told in the right way but also gives Lily confidence to pitch their story.

Lily has learned that it is ok to miss the big opportunities. It can feel counter intuitive to miss publicity opportunities but it is her job to make sure they are the right fit for her authors. A learning experience was with 2 authors, 1 who was transgender and both on the autism spectrum who were invited to the ITV show This Morning, it was an uncomfortable and awkward interview.

Lily finds allies in the media, for example journalists and publications sensitive to the cause or already producing content about current issues. This means that stories will not be twisted to fit a house style, but instead their profile will be raised organically because journalists are on board and supporting the authors.

What drew Lily to JKP?Lily loves the variety and being able to work on books that teach you something. Lily hopes she has been made a better and more liberal person.

Pippa Adams – Special Sales and Rights Assistant

Sales for niche publishers differs in that they do a lot of work with NGOs and support groups rather than to the big supermarkets and retailers. JKP builds and maintains relationships with specialist booksellers and suppliers.

JKP’s books are stocked by specialist retailers who are in close contact with the communities they work with. The booksellers may not be huge but it is important to build strong relationships with them so that their books reach communities that these booksellers engage with every day.

Pippa also builds relationships with academic professionals and library suppliers.

皮皮用她的作者作为资源。例如,作者可以抬起一个可以为书籍销售提供机会的组织。当地当局和政府支出可以在花金的花费方式方面是不透明的,但作者可能有联系,这使得PIPPA能够发现趋势。

关于翻译权,后面的列表非常重要。由于不同国家变得更加了解,有巨大的兴趣。例如,最近这是俄罗斯患有自闭症的情况。随着知识增长和传播,机会有机地实现。

What drew Pippa to JKP?Pippa previously worked in educational publishing in the Middle East and became aware of JKP as her younger brother has autism. When the opportunity to work in the UK and when JKP were looking she jumped at the chance. From a rights and sales perspective, she enjoys knowing that she is spreading something good and not just books.

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Flexible working: Does it work for employee and employer?

We had a fantastic response to our blog competition and we do aim to answer all of your brilliant questions!

The team decided that‘Flexible working: Does it work for employee and employer?’should be the first question we address as it’s very much a hot topic and the question of flexible working is often raised by our candidates when considering a role.

We have researched this topic by asking our clients their company’s stance on flexible working, what policies they have or what is in their pipeline for the future.

Types of flexible working you might consider:

  • 兼职
  • Term-time
  • Job-sharing
  • Flexitime
  • 压缩时间
  • 经常在家工作

Our clients have noticed a shift from flexible working being more focused on hours e.g. flexible starts and finishes to now moving onto location.

做es it work for employee?

我们都害怕,上下班高峰期,我们都知道h we could have been home for that boiler repair, right? The opportunity to avoid commuting (even once a month!) and make that all important appointment is a huge stress reliever.

Flexible working and the trust that comes with it from our employers gives employees a positive feeling and a sense of autonomy, encouraging a positive attitude towards their work.

办公室的气氛太棒了!然而,如果一个member of staff has a lot on and needs to focus, this atmosphere can sometimes be a distraction. Allowing an employee the option of working from home can be beneficial as they can work without distractions.

有些员工不喜欢在家工作,相反,他们错过了社会互动,这足够公平!

It goes without saying that for employees with children or family commitments, flexible working is extremely beneficial.

它适用于雇主吗?

Our clients recognise that allowing employees to work from home, is a trust exercise and employees have reacted positively to this. In particular millennials are expecting a more flexible work environment and companies need to respond to a changing workforce.

For expanding or small companies, flexible working is also a positive because it allows for a better working environment in terms of space. Small offices can be quite cramped and stuffy, by employees taking it in turn with their flexible working allows for a much more comfortable working environment in the office.

A concern our clients acknowledged was centred on creativity. People often work best when they can bounce off each other and discuss ideas and their concerns in person. So there is a need for people to be present for meetings and to maintain communication between teams.

However, with most people having access to good wifi, it’s possible to have meetings from remote locations using Skype / Google hangout etc – once everyone gets the hang of it this works fine!

做es it work for employee and employer? YES!

The response from our clients was overall positive and flexible working has become part of company consciousness and improving working standards.

对于某些客户来说,他们的灵活工作政策已经到位,员工在家中每周工作一周(成功完成试用期)对于其他人来说,该政策已经开始了一些改进。

If flexible working does not have a negative effect on the working standards then why not!

Further Reading:

https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/flexible-working/factsheet(You can register and get full details)

https://www.rec.uk.com/news-and-policy/policy-and-campaigns/ongoing-campaigns?a=154804

https://www.publishers.org.uk/activities/inclusivity/inclusivity-action-plan/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/16/flexible-work-parents-child-free-control

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Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Why You Should Consider Temps

Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Our articles on temping have typically been to inform考生of the many benefits that come with temping, both professionally and personally. But today, we’d like to point out the many reasons why temping is such a useful avenue forclientsto consider.

  • The flexibility of temps also means company flexibility.

If you’re expanding your team but you’re not quite prepared to hire a permanent person, a temporary employee is a great way to establish exactly what it is you need in terms of additional resources. Maybe you’ve never had extra hands on deck and you’re only now starting to realise the new objectives you can tackle. A temp-to-perm scenario can be a match made in heaven for company and employee alike. As someone grows into a newly created role and reveals the kind of results that can be produced with more staff. The manager can then take these results to HR as Exhibit A on what expanding the team can mean for everyone.

But more than that,

  • Temps bring their own expertise with them.

他们不需要初级候选人肌动蛋白g as a stop-gap. By hiring consultants or veteran freelancers, a company also gets to avail of a temporary worker’s own experiences, the different business practices they’ve witnessed in their time. New blood often means new ideas and even if the worker doesn’t stick around, their contributions can last forever.

And, of course,

  • Temporary workers can provide much needed breathing space to permanent employees.

当日常行政当天脱掉双手时,他们能够集中在更大的画面上并实施项目。这改善了服务和简化实践。当你不必出汗小东西时,你可以完成很多。即使它只是一半。

因此,对于目前的审查团队麻木的人ers or work-loads, don’t commit until you know for sure exactly what you need – try a temp today! Get in touch withKellie Millar,who manages our Temps and Freelancers desk, or her colleague,Alison Redfearn, and they can send you more workers than you can shake a stick at!

5 reasons to get a temp:

  • Cover sick leave
  • 覆盖假期
  • Help with a project
  • Flexibility – have for 1 day / 1 week / 1 month…
  • No admin – we cover all payment, NI, holiday pay, pension

Kellie Millar
E:kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk
Tel: 02070347897

Alison Redfearn
E:alisonredfearn@yabo电竞投注atwoodtate.co.uk.
Tel: 02070347922

您还可以通过我们的社交媒体页面与我们联系,并提供任何问题:Twitter,Facebook,LinkedIn,YouTubeorInstagram.

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PPA Business Class: The Tech and Data One

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你可能会记得在21stOctober we attended the PPA Marketing Conference; well on the 18th11月我们将参加技术和数据!

For more information about the eventclick here!

Here’s a brief summary of the sessions you can attend on the day:

会话:

The Panel: Systems, Big Data And Making the Money
As a senior tech executive, how do you drive strategy and help business grow? What are the partnerships you can seek to create, and are there particular skill sets you can hire to help meet your objectives?

  • Creative Advertiser partnerships
  • Strategies for data-focused technologies
  • Investing in specialised staff and skills

Other sessions at the event include topics on:

  • Data
  • Compliance and Legality
  • Transformational Publishing
  • Suppliers: The Inside Track

Speakers Include:

Chris Fosberry, CTO, Argus Media
Mark Brincat, CTO, The Economist Group
迈克弗雷泽, CTO, Wilmington plc
Jonny Kaldor, CO-Found, Kaldor Group
Sean Hayes, Group Head of Data, Incisive Media
Duncan Smith,Director, iCompli
Lee Atkinson, AWS Enterprise Solutions Architect

We’re happy to be an official sponsor for this event, as we were for the last which you can read abouthere!

我们的两个顾问,David Martinand凯莉米勒, will be attending the event! David handles all of our IT and Data roles whilst Kellie is the Temps team manager. Please feel free to contact them via their emails, which can be foundhere, or viaLinkedInto request a meeting or to get in touch on the day.

Let us know if you’re attending the event onTwitter,Facebookand don’t forget to share any photos onInstagram!

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