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15 April 2021

Finding and applying for jobs

Advice on finding a job

The key is finding out as much as possible about what the jobs involve. Get a hold of the book trade's magazine, The Bookseller, which features job advertisements; read publishing blogs; follow publishers on Twitter.

Some publishers post vacancies or their own websites. Often publishers, particularly if they're of a small or medium size, may not advertise at all, preferring to fill their vacancies by word-of-mouth, or from interns or previous applicants.

We publicise our members' vacancies on our website, in our industry newsletter and by Twitter. Some publishers also advertise in The Bookseller and The Guardian and you can sign up for their job alerts.

The Bookcareers website is full of useful information.


Applying for a job

Whether you are applying for an internship or a vacancy, or sending a speculative application, it is essential to tailor your covering letter and CV to the publisher you are applying to.

Research the publisher's website, Facebook, Twitter etc and have a look at their books in a bookshop or library if you can.

You will be facing a lot of competition for any post so present your application well and ensure it is error-free.


What are you likely to earn?

Nobody works in publishing purely for the money. But you will be rewarded with an interesting and satisfying career in a creative industry with lots of congenial people. Salaries in independent publishers can start around £20,000 per year. Professional publishers (eg law, medicine and science) generally pay more as do the publishing arms of institutions and corporations. Salaries in London are higher than in Scotland and can rise to six figures for directors in the largest publishers. did a salary survey in 2017 that provides some interesting information on salaries