Publishing 101: What do publishers do? Part 2

It’s the second post in our brand spanking new series about publishing! Last time we briefly looked at editorial, marketing and publicity, and today we’re sneaking a peek at the lesser known areas of a publishing house.


Working in sales in publishing means that you’ll be creating sales materials, processing orders, looking after digital printing and ebooks as well as tangling with suppliers and distributers on a day-to-day basis.


Production is the most technical area of publishing, revolving around typesetting, printing and binding books. There’s lots of scheduling, chasing deadlines and making sure everything is in the right place at the right time to get a book on the shelf.


A book designer has one of the coolest jobs in the publishing industry. After reading the manuscript and chatting with the book’s editor, they get to play around on InDesign and Photoshop to mock up a whole host of ideas. And then the picking and choosing and refining happens.


The rights team handles selling publication rights into other languages, organising translations, negotiating legal contracts and liasing with international branches of a publisher. It’s super helpful to speak a second language if you want to work in rights!

Previous Posts

Publishing 101: What do publishers do? Part 1

Coming up!

Guest Post: Faye of Faye Rogers PR
Guest Post: Hayley Steed
Guest Post: Pip Watkins
Publishing 101: Getting into the Industry

and much more!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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