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S.tephanie has recently re-joined us at Atwood Tate after working as an internal recruiter at HarperCollins for four and a half years, managing all the recruitment across the different sites and at all levels. Stephanie worked at Atwood Tate from 2012-2014 and has returned to look after Editorial (non B2B & Professional); Production; Design and Operations outside London and the Home Counties.


I love the people, which is handy for being a recruiter! I consistently find the people in the industry to be interesting, friendly people. It can feel like quite an insular industry when you’re first starting out, but people are usually willing to chat and because people never seem to leave publishing once they’re in, you get to build great relationships with people over time. I have candidates that I placed in 2012 that I’m still in touch with!

What is your favourite book/play/poem or author?

I don’t have a favourite book anymore, I don’t think… I’ve probably read all of Judy Blume’s books several times each and find going back to them incredibly comforting, but if we’re judging favourite books by number of times read, at the moment it’s the That’s Not My… series. We’re currently very into locating and identifying our monkeys, dinosaurs, llamas, pirates and kittens at home. Otherwise, I’ve recently re-read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele,: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions which I would highly recommend to anyone, not just parents. It has some brilliant suggestions on how to raise an inclusive and strong kid and all my friends now have a copy.


Frida Kahlo. I really admire her resilience and ability to turn any setback into something creative (and profitable!). She was all the things I want to be when I grow up: strong, brave, honest, successful in her own right, unashamedly feminist, generous with her time and most importantly, able to stomach a lot of tequila. I think I have better taste in husbands though!


T.he ability to control time – to pause it, speed it up, slow it down. I genuinely don’t understand anyone that would want a different power. I could pause time during the night to get more sleep or have a lie in, slow time down when I’m running late (I hate to be late!) and speed it up when time is dragging and I’m getting impatient. What more could you want?

If you could share a meal with anyone, who would it be?


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热门座位的顾问:Faye Jones

Which three books changed your life?

  1. 1984年由乔治奥韦尔- 我为我的英语文学阅读了这本书,然后去看了它的剧院,它吹了我的思想。我家里的每个人都阅读了它,我们经常会说新闻中的情况可以是“1984年”。这是第一本改变我看待监视的方式,让我思考我们如何被某人观看!
  2. T.he Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald——我读《了不起的盖茨比》t度假和管理o finish it in a couple of hours because I was hooked. I then went on to study it at Alevel before I read 1984 and it made me want to study English after I left school. I really enjoyed the Baz Luhrmann film adaptation as it’s quite true to the book but I would definitely choose the book over the film if I had to make a choice between the two.
  3. 狗在夜间的好奇事件由Mark Haddon– I didn’t think that I would enjoy this book when I first heard about it but it was another holiday read that I couldn’t put down. I love the way that the main characters thoughts are narrated and the story is fantastic. I really want to go and see the theatre adaptation of the book so hopefully I can book tickets to see it soon!

Who would you invite to your fantasy literary dinner?

  1. Roald Dahl – would love to pick his brain about what his books are inspired by and how his upbringing in Cardiff effected his writing.
  2. W H Auden - 我绝对喜欢奥登的诗歌,特别是小姐,我只会坐下来聆听他一整天读他的诗歌。
  3. Jacqueline Wilson – I grew up reading all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books and would love to meet her in person.

What has been the highlight/s of the past year?

I graduated from university in July 2017 and while I was studying I went to weekly Lindyhop classes and became quite involved in the Swing Dance Society. It was sad leaving Reading after I graduated but luckily for me I got to move back 9 months later and started going back to Lindyhop classes straight away. I loved seeing my dance friends again and seeing how the beginners have improved while I was away.

If you could write ‘THE book’ on something, the definitive how-to guide on any subject, which topic would you choose.

If I had to write a book on anything it would be how to handle yourself in social dancing situations within partnered dances (if you can’t tell I really like social dancing). I think many beginners are worried about doing something wrong or stepping on another person’s feet but it is all about confidence! I would love to write a book that guided you through how to build up your confidence and eventually, ask a stranger to dance with you at an event.

T.rue fact:当我4岁的时候,我的母亲让我去芭蕾舞课程,因为我用来一整天都在叫我“Tippy Toes”,每个人都担心我真的会伤害我的脚。

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阿特伍德泰特书俱乐部: Halloween


Anna Slevin, Temps & Freelancers Administrator

绅士和球员由Joanne Harris。

Psychological thriller that really ramps up the tension in an all-boys school, written by a former teacher (ofChocolatfame) with two narrators and two time periods as a former tragedy comes back to haunt the school… Honestly one of the most disconcerting reads as hindsight and ignorance confuse the reader as the disturbing mystery plays out.

T.he Stuff of Nightmares经过malorie Blackman

S.hort stories that show schoolchild nightmares that ultimately reach a conclusion as the reality of a train crash hits home. Memorable a decade later! Dreamscapes are the perfect landscape for awful situations with terrible images that stay with you…

Charlotte Tope, Publishing Recruitment Consultant

T.he Virago Book of Ghost Stories volume ll

It’s not in print anymore so you’ll have to do a bit of searching to get a second hand copy, but a collection of haunting tales all written by women. I recommendBlack Dog Penelope Lively.You’re going to have to read in-between the lines for this one!!


T.he Woman in Black由苏珊山


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Welcome to Atwood Tate’s industry spotlight series, where we go behind the scenes of each of our recruitment desks to give you the scoop on working with Atwood Tate. This week Clare returns, focusing on roles in STM publishingS.T.mword cloud

What does ‘STM’ means in publishing?

S.T.mpublishing refers to scholarly,S.cientific,T.echnical,medical and professional publishers. In Atwood Tate, we work with a wide range of publishers from academic and scientific publishers, learned societies, open-access publishers and professional bodies to reach out to publishing professionals. The content is often journals or books based, for journals, there are open-access journals and subscription journals.

What will be the academic requirement?



We work on roles from junior to senior level. From Editorial or Publication Assistant, to middleweight Production Editor or Commissioning Editor; senior level Managing Editor or Publishing Operations Manager and so on. STM publishing is a big area and it is full of potential to transfer your expertise.


S.T.mpublishing is fast growing and blooming quickly so there will definitely be good progression. Through working with different portfolio of journals and academia, you will grow your network and gain a wider knowledge of STM publishing. Currently, a lot of STM publishers are expanding and restructuring so there are definitely opportunities to grow your career in the field.

If you are looking for a job in STM Publishingget in touch with Clare atclarechan@atwoodtate.co.uk


Keep an eye out for ScholarlySocial @ScholarlySocial which has networking meetings.

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热门座位的管理员:Anna Slevin

If you could write ‘THE book’ on something, the definitive how-to guide on any subject, which topic would you choose?

T.his is also my one true fact to share but I wrote 6,000 words about cinnamon instead of a dissertation for my degree! It wasn’t definitive so I’d quite like to go back and do that someday. (It was a choice between cinnamon or coffee at the time but I didn’t want to end up hating coffee!)

What three books changed your life?

Tamora Pierce首次测试

Where a girl didn’t have to pretend to be a boy to do what she wanted! (Tamora Pierce started in the eighties and is having a revival at the moment) It didn’t so much change my life as shape it from the start because my mum read it to me when I was about six I think.

Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell


Banana Yoshimoto的厨房

I often give people the impression that I only read longer books or sprawling series, this isn’t entirely true because of this book. The amount of foreign literature in translation on British shelves is minimal – this is criminal.厨房is two novellas by a Japanese author that were somehow mainstream enough to be in English at my local library. Novellas are often underrated or undervalued, unfortunately they cost almost the same as much lengthier paperbacks. But some stories should be a certain length. Some stories need a certain style, a certain pace. Some stories are specific and individual and particular. But resonate. I now actively look for shorter fiction and translations.

If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?

Walking between worlds. It’s something of a theme in Diana Wynne Jones from her nine-lived enchanters with the title Chrestomanci to Howl of the Moving Castle fame (the film is very different! In the book he’s actually Howell Jenkins from Wales in our world) and in家庭边缘while in The Merlin Conspiracy there is confusion with multiple Earths…

T.he way it can mean so many different things even to one author strikes me as something special. It normally makes the character appreciate the world they come from or find one they prefer! I like the idea of seeing how different societies function and being able to choose for myself, much like a good book…

Bonus Question

Who would you invite (and why) to your fantasy literary dinner party?

有一句谚语:“从不遇见你的英雄”和很多最好的角色都可以非常讨厌......我实际上是读书T.he Immortal Dinnerat the moment with Keats and Wordsworth in appearance but Wordsworth sounds like a very difficult guest at times!


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SYP ALUMNI EVENT:当您不是公司的决策者时,您如何对贵公司进行差异?

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SYP.Panel Help Aspiring Publishers to Kick-Start Their Career

9月份,Syp伦敦敬请举办'开始职业生涯:如何在今年秋季取得成功,因为有抱负和进入级别出版候选人希望获得业内成员成员的一些职业和工作经验。发言者包括我们自己Associate Director Helen Speedy那who all brought their experiences and insights on how to build a successful career in publishing.


Explain your role and how you got there (approx. 5 mins each).

I am the Associate Director at Atwood Tate, a specialist publishing recruitment company based in Central London and Oxford. My job is to manage the Permanent team day-to day, who consist of seven consultants and an administrator, and make sure everybody is hitting their targets, having smooth relations with both clients and candidates and generally feeling happy. I am also the contact for senior publishing roles across the country, so a day can be talking through pipelines and business development with my team, or taking briefs from clients and sourcing appropriate candidates for the recruitment process.

I got my first job through talking to one of the speakers at the Oxford Brookes Careers Day towards the end of my MA, who gave me the contact details of someone looking for an Office Junior.



  • mA (plus work experience and networking)
  • Work experience placements that could lead to your first job
  • T.hrough an agency – temping can lead to perm or to getting that work experience you needed but being paid properly along the way (also perm)
  • 网络事件是建立联系人的好方法,并在您申请之前发出良好的印象!
  • Proactive volunteering/personal work are also worth considering to boost your CV and stand out from the crowd. It is a lot easier to prove your interest in children’s illustrated fiction if your social media, blogging or volunteering backs you up!


Be more confident and don’t always assume that there are people better qualified than you.

What do you regret doing in your career?

I don’t have any regrets really. That may sound a bit complacent, but I have the philosophy that you make the right decision at the time and there is no point looking back. There are various points in my career when I could have taken a different path and I have turned down jobs and also taken roles that didn’t quite turn out to be what I thought. I remind myself that I made those decisions and they felt like the right choice at the time. As long as you feel in control and you are happy with your decision at that time, you should not have any regrets. The only lasting regret I have is not calling out a bully, but I was young and in the junior position, so I forgive myself and it has given me the strength to help others confront difficult situations and not be scared to do so myself.



  • In terms of CV advice, make sure it shows the difference you made and the impact you’ve had, not just a list of your duties
  • 如果您有很多自愿经验,实习和临时角色,则尝试分类而不是按时间顺序列出 - 讲述一个故事并确保事实支持叙述。


  • Can you tick 70-80% of the boxes (usually nobody has it all!)
  • Is it located in a sensible place for you to commute to?
  • Does picturing yourself in the role make you feel excited?
  • 你认为它会给你学习的机会吗?
  • What do you know about the company culture and how that would suit you?
  • If you’re not sure, try to have a conversation (with recruiter or name on advert)

Is it off-putting for employers if you apply for lots of different positions at the same company?

It depends on the size of company. It can be off-putting if it looks you are applying for anything and there is no real effort on any of the applications. HR will begin to wonder how can you be truly that interested in so many different roles with different skillsets! If there are different roles that catch your eye, find out if they will refer you if their role isn’t suitable. In a small company,you may get referred internally (I did for my first job and ended up with a better job than the one I applied for!)

Want to hear more about the SYP?

T.he Society of Young Publishers是在其职业生涯的前十年中有抱负出版商和当前候选人的会员机构。在伦敦,牛津,西南,北,爱尔兰和苏格兰的分支机构;SYP是出版业中最大的会员组织。有关更多详细信息并注册,请转至https://thesyp.org.uk/membership-signup

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Welcome to Atwood Tate’s industry spotlight series, where we go behind the scenes of each of our recruitment desks to give you the scoop on working with Atwood Tate. This week, Olivia returns, focusing on Marketing and Publicity roles.

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What do Marketers in publishing do?



Do you need a marketing qualification to work in marketing?

绝对不。这是雇主可能会发现所需的东西,但很多人在入场级别的角色开始并从那里积聚。S.ome people choose a qualification once they’ve built up some experience and decided on an area to specialise in. The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) both provide qualifications which can be studied for alongside a full-time job. Your employer may even cover the cost of the course.

Where can a marketing job take me?

marketing is great in that the skills and knowledge you develop are very transferable and will be useful for so many employers and different industries. There are a wealth of marketing roles in publishing. Some people choose to stay in one area of publishing for most of their career while others move around different sectors, which is possible to do, especially if you have particular skills or a specialism which is in high demand.

有很多营销的角色有很多s of opportunities for career progression and chances to move into management positions or very specialised roles.

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What do Publicists in publishing do?

Publicists are responsible for managing relationships with authors and dealing with their agents. Their job is to secure press coverage for books in the print, broadcast and online media so they are expected to build strong press relationships. They are also responsible for organising and attending events with authors, such as book launches and signings, interviews, author tours and appearances at literary festivals. Publicists need to stay informed about new trends and developments in their area of publishing and they often attend editorial meetings and contribute to pitches for new acquisitions.

Is PR all about parties and schmoozing with authors?

Yes, you might get the chance to work with high-profile and celebrity authors. You may also work with new and debut authors, which can be just as exciting and rewarding. Regardless of author list, there’s a lot of hard work and relationship building which goes into making any campaign successful.

Do you need a big network of media contacts?

Initially no. In junior roles you will be assisting PR Managers with their campaigns and general admin. As time goes on, you will start to build up a network of contacts. If you are working on particular titles, this may become quite specialised. For example, if you’re working with cookery authors, you will build up contacts with cookery magazines and food bloggers.

What skills do you need to succeed in marketing and publicity?

marketing and publicity roles are closely linked and require similar skill sets. Anyone who wants to succeed in one of these roles needs superb communication and relationship building skills. They are busy jobs so excellent organisation skills are also essential. Creativity is also important. Some publishers work with small budgets, so you have to be innovative and resourceful to come up with new and inventive ideas. Keeping up to date with trends in the market is also key.

marketers in particular often need to have strong copywriting skills and a good eye for detail. Photoshop and InDesign experience is a plus, especially if working in a collateral heavy role. Software skills are important as there are marketing programs you will be expected to use, such as CRM, email, social media, marketing automation software and analytics tools. There are a wealth of programs which do different things so it’s good if you can pick them up quickly. Video and audio content creation skills are increasingly desired in publishing, especially when working with online products.


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热门座位的管理员:Cheryl O'Garro

  • Who would you invite (and why) to your fantasy literary dinner party?

meg Cabot has been one of my favourite authors since my teens, so she is non-negotiable. Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Jane Austen because their ear for wit, satire and the human condition is just fantastic. I think if the three of them got together, the resulting literary effort would be a masterpiece. I’m just there for the great company!

  • 如果您可以写现在存在的任何书籍,那将是什么?

你有多长时间?!在我脑顶的顶部,我不得不说哈利波特(因为明显的原因)或北极光(他的黑暗材料三部曲中的第一个。)那些对我来说都真的把你吸引到了他们的世界并让你的想象力really flow in a way that isn’t often possible outside of fantasy novels. I first read them when I was 7 and 10 respectively, and I would count both among my favourite books.

  • What has been the highlight/s of the past year?

考官告诉我,我的硕士论文the psycho-social benefits of hyper-engagement (a term I coined describing the adoption of arts consumption as a personality trait) had a strong and original voice and warranted elaboration. Who am I to decline that kind of professional and academic validation?! That is closely followed by my graduation ceremony in January.

  • If you were given the chance to have one superpower from any book/comic character, what would you have?

现在它必须是快速掌握 - 以巨大速度移动的能力将是如此有用,对旅行和完成任务是如此。我仍然有24小时的时间,但可以适合这么多!

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Julie Irigaray, Trainee Recruitment Consultant


T.he first book I read after having passed the French equivalent of the GCSE (around the age of 15). I was moving to another school and to a higher level, so I suppose I needed to read a book about the changes taking place when one becomes a teenager. This novel deals with dark themes like suicide, sex and obsessional love in such a delicate way and with such a rich language that I couldn’t resist. The mystery surrounding both the main characters and the narrator makes it even more mesmerising.

Anna Slevin, Temps & Freelancers Administrator

Arcadia经过T.om Stoppard.



手工的故事经过margaret Atwood


Helen Speedy, Associate Director

Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis.白人粉笔圈经过Bertolt Brecht

我不记得是Bertolt Brecht的Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis.Caucasion粉笔圈)是我的一个a - level设置文本或一个add,布鲁里溃疡t it remains one of the most influential plays that I have read. Our literature focus for German was Die Gerechtigkeit und das Gesetz, which translates as Justice and the Law. When I got into trouble at school it was usually a rebellion in the face of injustice, so Brecht, who explores the concept of justice and the tendency for corruption to manipulate the law and even favour the criminal over the innocent, was appealing to me. I recently re-read my other set text by Duerrenmatt,Der Richter und sein HenkerT.he Judge and his Hangman)那and would recommend this as a quick and accessible read. It’s a thriller (verging on noir) which delves into this issue of justice and (or versus) the law and I hope you can find it in translation somewhere if you don’t read German.


Noughts and Crossesseries by Malorie Blackman

我不能把这些书放下 - 他们以一个深思熟虑的方式交付了一条伟大的信息,以年轻的观众。这样轻松的阅读!

Faye Jones,实习生招聘顾问

T.he Great Gatsby由F.Scott Fitzgerald.

我学了英语水平和《了不起的盖茨比》become completely immersed in the characters and history behind 1920’s America. Even though the first chapter of the book is difficult to get through, I always recommend The Great Gatsby to anyone who’s looking for a short read and the film is great as well!

Cheryl O’garro, Administrator and Social Media Coordinator

丑闻的学校由Richard Brinsley Sheridan

T.his 18th century satire from Irish playwright Brinsley Sheridan was one of my AS level set texts and I have been in love with it ever since. The play follows Lady Sneerwell and her band of gossips and the hypocrisy of their behaviour. The two plots are amazing: Sir Peter Teazle and his new, much younger wife and their marital troubles (half of which stems from society rumours) and Sir Oliver Surface who, wanting to write his will, sets out in various character disguises to test if brothers Peter and Charles Surface are as respectively good and bad as society claims. I picked up a leather bound 1903 third edition copy from an antique book shop in Dublin (where he was born) and I was so happy I nearly hyperventilated!

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