1 What's your company called?
2 What services or products do you offer?
Lots of practical help with all sorts of careers issues, including helping people at all stages of their career find a publishing job (via a training course called ‘How to Job Search in Book Publishing’) through to seeing private clients and helping with all points of career transition and workplace careers issues.
I am fully qualified in Career Development & Guidance to degree level, a Registered Careers Practitioner with the CDI and professionally trained in Coaching and Careers Counselling. Through the Bookcareers.com website we also keep a register of people who are looking for work
—a great way for small companies with no recruitment budget or contacts to source skilled staff. We also produce a periodic Salary Survey of the book publishing industry. Like IPG members we are independent and not tied to any other service or organisation, so we work with everyone
and can give totally impartial advice.
3 How can you help IPG members?
We can help with issues like career development and guidance, whether you are seeking a new job or not; redundancy counselling and career transition services when companies have to say goodbye to staff; and time management or overload problems, when I help clients review their in-trays and priorities. We have also helped a number of people overcome workplace bullying or stress without recourse to the legal route, and advised companies that need help fielding speculative job-hunting enquiries or want guidance on internships and work experience placements. We are not recruitment consultants but can help jobseekers with information and guidance, and offer free job advertisements to all UK publishers. We are now compiling a careers library, a useful resource for any jobseeker, and you can watch our first few videos here
. We are always expanding our range of services, so feel free to have a chat with us to find out how we can help you.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
Everything! But mostly the people and the books. When you hear an editor, author, illustrator or any member of staff talk with enthusiasm about their new book, project or plans it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. People in publishing work with such passion; I always feel sad when for one reason or another someone is having a rotten time, or is unable to reach their full potential because of circumstances out of their control.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
The biggest opportunity is the speed at which independent publishers can adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. Independents are not risk-adverse and do not have to go through corporate decision-making processes when a new format or genre takes off—a quick SWOT analysis, project plan and go!
The biggest threat, particularly for small companies, is not appreciating employees and rewarding them accordingly. This doesn’t always have to be financial, although financial rewards are good! Sometimes all a person wants is to do more interesting or fulfilling work. There are amazing people working in independent publishing with fantastic skills that are often overlooked. Talk to your colleagues and find out what it is they can do or want to do. Many people have broad skills, especially in digital, so use them. Workplaces have to be pleasant, happy and healthy environments—you get the best out of colleagues that way, and people who are happy in their jobs contribute more; they often go out of their way to help the company succeed. Unhappy companies usually self-destruct after a period of time as no-one can be bothered to point out when a project is haemorrhaging money.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
The IPG ensures that I am fully up to date with all areas of the industry. Plus I get to meet lots of talented, spirited people who are working in the best area of publishing and benefit from being a member of a tight and informed community. The events and conferences are so useful. If you are an IPG member and haven’t been to one yet: go! You won’t regret it.Visit the Bookcareers.com website