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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would identify unpublished books you think would sell well. You’d agree a deal with the author and successfully publish their book to make money for your company.
It would be your responsibility to by select new authors and titles that will help your book publishing company to stay profitable.
You’d also check how well your published books are selling and decide whether it is worth printing more copies.
Based on what you can see is popular with the public, you might come up with ideas for a book and commission someone to write it. You’d assess the costs and organise the schedule for publication.
- Keep up to date with trends in the book market
- Identify future markets and new products
- Decide whether to accept submitted manuscripts
- Develop ideas for books and identify suitable authors
- Prepare publishing proposals, including costs, projected sales and income
- Issue contracts to authors and agents
- Make decisions on reprinting, revising, producing new editions and putting titles out of print
- Make sure that authors and printers stick to the schedules and meet the deadlines
You would work closely with other departments in the company such as sales, marketing and production. You might also supervise editorial staff.
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- Developing a plan
- Time management
- Making decisions
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