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The book publishing industry is comprised mainly of writers, editors, literary scouts, agents and actual book publishers. As a publisher you are responsible for overseeing the scouting, reviewing, selection, production, marketing and distribution of new works of writing across multiple genres. You can get started with one of the many publishing firms throughout Australia and the world, although there are a few non-traditional ways to become a book publisher; authors can now self-publish and people with the ability to find marketable books can start their own publishing company. With the emergence of the internet, e-books and websites have become other popular book publishing alternatives.

The benefits of working in the publishing industry include the potential for a high income. This is more so the case with actual publishers and editors, as for authors their income will often depend on whether something they write is published and popular with readers. There are often no specific degree requirements although qualifications in communications, journalism or English are well regarded. Long working hours are often required in this industry and competition is high for scarce positions. This can also mean that extensive experience is required for a number of top positions. Another thing to bear in mind is that job growth is generally dependant upon educational funding and general economic growth.

Responsibilities & Skills

Publishers are responsible for selecting, assessing and critiquing the work they decide to publish while managing design processes and making budgetary decisions. They are also required to organise timelines and scheduling for printing and marketing the published content. They regularly liaise with authors, editors, illustrators and designers, as well as printers and distributors. Publishers are also responsible for organising and attending the launches of the products they publish.

  • Being a quick, analytical reader

  • Strong communication skills

  • Having a good knack for writing/editing/spotting marketable books

  • The ability to work well to deadlines

  • Computer literacy

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing)
  • Graduate Diploma in Publishing
  • Master of Writing and Publishing

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