Areas of Publishing:

There are several different areas involved in publishing, and within publishing houses, separate departments are usually responsible for different stages in the publication process.


 An editorial position involves:

  • Commissioning work or buying manuscripts.
  • Liaison with authors, design and production to see the work through to publication.


A position in publicity involves:

  • Planning advertising campaigns and events.
  • Developing advertising and marketing material.


A position in production or design involves:

  • Designing the overall look of a publication.
  • Management of typesetting, printing and binding.



A position in the legal department involves:

  • Negotiating and drawing up contracts, selling rights to publications.
  • Advising on intellectual property rights and dealing with legal disputes.


An administrative position involves:

  • Dealing with enquiries from the public.
  • Liaising with other departments and personnel.
  • Managing accounts.


A position in distribution and sales involves:

  • Liaising with retailers.
  • Liaising with marketing and publicity to create a plan for selling the product.
  • Warehousing and logistics.


In addition, newspaper and magazine publishing will tend to have roles in:

  • Advertising
  • Circulation and subscriptions
  • Journalism - many magazines and newspapers will employ writers and journalists directly, although some will be freelance.


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