Publishing graduate Kay Peddle was featured in the Bookseller (19 February 2010) in the careers section. Kay graduated from the MA in International Publishing at Oxford Brookes in 2007, and whilst at Brookes did an internship at the World Bank in Washington. Originally from South Africa, where she studied at the University of Pretoria, Kay has worked at Random House in London since graduation. She is now an Assistant Editor at the Bodley Head and has been long listed for the British Council Young Publisher of the Year award.
Kay is an example of someone who has moved across departments, starting in marketing and now working in editorial. In the Bookseller article she emphasizes the benefits of getting experience across many departments: 'Career paths obviously depend on a person's aptitude and strengths, but if you don't get into the department you initially had your hopes set on then be open to following another path, at least initially. The industry is so broad and diverse, you might be surprised that you actually enjoy something completely different and there is always the opportunity to move at a later stage in your career.'
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The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies in association with The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) announce the successful launch of the 2010 Certificate in Journals Publishing. This professional development course – aimed at those in the early stages of their career – kicked off on February 11th with a welcome lunch for the nine industry students who have enrolled for 2010.
The Certificate offers students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of journals publishing and gain a professional qualification recognised by ALPSP from Oxford Brookes University. Successful students also gain credits towards a Masters degree at Oxford Brookes.
Two MA Publishing students, Aaron Dowling Keane and Joseph Kreuser, write about their experiences at the recent OPuS (The Oxford Publishing Society) International Evening.
In November 2009 OICPS led 3-day workshop helping to prepare participants for the London Book Fair.
The 3-day workshop, organised by the British Council and London Book Fair, fulfilled the aims of the participants in preparing them to make the most of the real opportunities provided for Market Focus organisations. As Market Focus status provides a dedicated pavilion within the fair space, together with a seminar programme devoted to their publishing, it is imperative that all the publishers attending are ready for the experience, whatever their goals. Through a mixture of interactive lectures, case studies, pair and group work, activities and presentations, all 16 delegates were offered the opportunity of learning more about topics such as the present publishing and bookselling scene, buying and selling rights, marketing themselves and their titles before, during, and after LBF.
On Saturday 14 November 2009, the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) held their Annual Conference at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. The theme of the conference was the Impact of Publishing on Society. Close to 200 people attended the conference which was organised by the Oxford branch of the SYP. Jennifer Krebs, a Master’s in Publishing student, writes about the day ...
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Leon Terner, who studied on the MA Publishing in 2009, writes about the new publishing venture he has started with two classmates:
For my major project on the MA Publishing, I chose to found a small Indie press and publish an anthology of European creative writing. Contacting Creative Writing MAs and other artistic forums around Europe, I then solicited creative works of nearly any kind, as long as it was somehow connected to Europe. My mission statement, if I can call it that, was - and is still - to give everyone an equal opportunity to be published, given that creative zeal and literary brilliance were evidenced. Both previously undiscovered authors and well-established ones were welcome to submit their work, and before long I had received tons of great short stories and poems.
To cut a long story short, in August of 2009, Lion Lounge Press, as I dubbed my publishing venture, published its very first book, The Lounge Companion: A Collection of European Creative Writing.
Read more about Leon Turner's description of his venture in The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies alumni section.
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MA Publishing student Rosanne Dawkins writes about the visit by 35 students to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2009. Accompanying the piece are two photos taken at the Fair by fellow students Juliette Boulouis and Brianna Corbett.
Wide eyed and full of questions, a group of travel-wearied Masters students embarked on what was to be their first true taste of the cut and thrust business world of publishing.
The Frankfurt Buchmesse is one of the most important dates in a publisher’s calendar with more than 7,300 exhibitors from 100 countries, 299,000 visitors and over 10,000 journalists. It not only offered us a unique insight into the practical usage of publishing skills but also the opportunity to talk to those in the industry.
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The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), in cooperation with the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and SIBF, and in coordination with the UK Publishers Association and Oxford Brookes University, yesterday launched a free training workshop for EPA members at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The 5-day workshop, which will run until Tuesday 10 November, coincides with the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), and aims to increase the experience and skills of the UAE’s publishers to help them better cope with global industry trends. For more information download the PDF Press release below.
Enhance your knowledge of journals publishing, and gain a professional qualification recognised by ALPSP from Oxford Brookes University.
The Certificate offers delegates the opportunity to gain a good overall knowledge of the journals industry, and to gain credits towards a Masters degree at Brookes. It is aimed at graduates currently working at entry-level in journals publishing, and who have, ideally, between 6-12 months experience within that environment. The course is also open to graduates from other relevant ‘knowledge industry’ sectors, such as academic libraries and learned societies.
Join us in advance of the 2010 London Book Fair for a 5-day International Publisher Training Programme from 12-16 April 2010.
This professional publishing training programme is aimed at international publishers and managers working across all sectors and from all regions of the world. The programme will be run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, in association with the Publishers Association and the British Council, and will have a strong focus on digital developments across the field. For more information and to apply download the following PDF.