Originally written for SYP Scotland | When you consider a career in publishing, working in the editorial department is usually at the top of your list, so for our October event we wanted to offer a crash course into what the roles entail and how to prepare for a potential career in the field.
Meet the panel:
Chaired by Rosie Howie, Publishing Manager of Bright Red, we were joined by freelancer Camilla Rockwood, Jo Dingley of Canongate Books and Robbie Guillory of Freight Books for an hour and a half that got into the nitty-gritty of editing.
First, their backgrounds. Rosie is the only one to have undertaken a Masters in Publishing. Camilla studied drama, worked in pubs and bars for years and then decided to make a move for a career: she became the PA for a commissioning editor as Elsevier. From there, she found herself working in several areas of the field, and in turn decided to go freelance, working around her family life.
Jo studied English at St Andrews before undertaking internships at publishers including Penguin Press and Luath before starting as an Editorial Assistant at Canongate and working her way up to Editor across seven years.
Robbie studied European Literature at Glasgow and whilst there got involved with the creative writing scene, which was thriving. Alongside non-publishing jobs, he started a small literary journal and began freelancing for HarperCollins before landing the job as Publishing Assistant at Freight, moving up to Assistant Publisher in his few years with the company. Continue reading