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Below you can view profiles of those seeking positions in the publishing industry.
Alenka Oblak
I am a highly experienced and qualified print-production professional, who has worked in the publishing industry for more than 16 years. I was formerly Senior Production Manager at Phaidon Press, where I was responsible for all print quality and repro, as well as research and development, across Phaidon’s London and New York production teams. I have worked with some of the world’s most prestigious designers, artists, museums, galleries and fashion establishments including: Martin Parr, JR, Steve McCurry, Grace Coddington, Vogue, Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, Fantastic Man Studio, Olafur Eliasson, Graphic Thought Facility, Irma Boom and Stefan Sagmeister among others.
My goal is always to produce high-end, colour-sensitive books, developing innovative print and finishing solutions with an eye for detail and technical know-how. Selecting appropriate materials, print processes and finishing techniques to develop creative design briefs. I also work with a team of trusted designers and editors – so can offer the full book production package (from concept through to delivery) if desired.
I can offer full bespoke production services including:
Development of publication brief, research and development, including liaison with designers and authors.
Colour correction of images and retouching direction for best possible reproduction of original artworks in print in light controlled environment.
Buying and management of repro/pre-press services.
Advice regarding the selection of best process and book materials.
Print buying/ supplier management: I work with a tried and tested Global network of suppliers in the UK, Europe and the Far East and have specialised knowledge and experience in producing books to a very high-specification at prices that may surprise you.
Press passing and trouble-shooting the printing of titles and managing all the printing, binding and finishing stages of book production (in both Europe and China).
Delivering beautifully produced books crucially both on schedule and in budget.
For further information please contact me on 07930390622.
Isabel Cash
My name is Isabel Cash and I am currently a second year English Literature student at the University of Reading. My full CV is available.
Although my main interests lie within the editorial and marketing areas of publishing, I am also excited by the opportunity to gain work experience in other aspects of the industry and would be happy to undertake any suitable role given to me. I believe that the skills and confidence I have gained by participating in a publishing course at my university will allow me to be a valuable member of any business. I would be grateful to be involved in any short-term positions or internships within your company. As I currently live in Reading any opportunities in London would be ideal but I am willing to temporarily relocate to anywhere in the UK if necessary.
My availability this year is as follows:
-24th March – 15th April 2018
-9th June – 23rd August 2018
-27th August – 1st October 2018
-15th December – 13th January 2019
If you would like to contact me to discuss any opportunities you may have in greater detail I can be reached by email at or by phone at 07501891712.
Fern Taylor
I am a recent graduate from the University of Derby with a first-class degree in English Literature and am currently studying for an MA in Publishing. I am looking to start a career in publishing and am particularly interested in editorial work. I have developed my editorial skills and attention to detail through editorial work with charity magazines such as The Sniff which is a magazine for medical detection dogs. I also undertake literature reviews for Cancer Research. When editing pieces of work, I have a talent for preserving the author’s voice whilst ensuring that there are no mistakes and that the text is suitable for its target audience. I am looking for internships or work experience editing non-fiction magazines and would be available for this work over the summer, specifically from the end of May to September. Please contact:
Lisa Kjellsson
I am a writer and editor with 16 years' experience in print and digital journalism, having worked at The Times, The Telegraph and a range of magazines and customer publishing agencies. As a result I am an editorial all-rounder with solid commissioning and editing skills, used to working cross-departmentally to deliver projects on time, within budget and to the highest standard.
My skills and experience are highly transferable and would lend themselves particularly well to non-fiction, for example memoirs or lifestyle-related topics such as health and wellbeing, personal development and travel.
I am interested in both freelance projects and in-house roles. Please contact me on or
Steve Acteson
My name is Steve Acteson and I will be retiring from journalism in the near future and seek part-time work as a ghost writer, copy-editor/ proof reader, or similar.
I have 44 years experience as a reporter, feature writer or sub-editor for various national titles including The Times and the Press Association and have been the Night Sports News Editor at the Daily Star since 2007.
I am an avid reader with tastes right across the board and certainly not exclusively sport.
Please contact me at or on 07719 922955 or 01227 374326.
Keisha Bullock-Singh
Since graduating in 2016 with a History and Russian and Eastern European Civilisations degree from the University of Nottingham, I have completed a six-month internship in sales and marketing at Critical Publishing. I possess skills and experience which would be beneficial in the publishing sphere with my key skills including general computer skills and Office, customer service, data collection and entry and Excel. I am looking for an entry level role in academic publishing from an editorial, marketing or publicity perspective. If you can offer such an opportunity, or know anyone who might, I would be most grateful if you could contact me via my email,, or pass on my details.
Moira Ashcroft
I am a flexible and fast-learning production professional who quickly gets to grips with key priorities, forms an effective working rapport with colleagues and suppliers in the UK, USA, Europe, S.E. Asia, the Middle East. I have invaluable experience in successfully managing books, ebooks, magazines and promotional materials through the print production cycle. Most recently I have worked for John Blake Publishing for 13 years but was recently made redundant by the new owners following a restructure of the Production function across the whole group. I am looking for new publishing opportunities or further Production work; full-time or part-time, permanent or fixed-contract. I have a degree in Classics and Ancient History and some knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian. Fuller CV available. You can contact me on: or 07759 615886
Francesca McPherson
Since graduating in 2014 with a degree in English Literature from The University of Sheffield, I have worked within production at News UK and completed an internship at The Blair Partnership. I am passionate about books and looking for a hands on, proactive role which will enable me to help shape the current book climate. With admin, proofreading, writing, researching and computing experience, I believe that I will be a great addition to any publishing team. Looking to gain experience in trade or academic publishing, from an editorial, marketing or publicity perspective.
Graham Douglas
I have worked in scientific/technical publishing for more than 20 years and currently looking for a new opportunity with an independent publisher of books, journals (or both). I have held positions which range from senior editorial roles (Senior Publisher and Consulting Acquisitions Editor) through to responsibilities for managing journal submission services, digital and print production and working as a programmer. My work in editorial and technical capacities has been recognized by two employer awards for excellence, including one for outstanding innovation. I feel qualified to describe myself as an innovative problem-solver with an eye for detail and a passion for delivering outstanding publishing products and services. As a creative outlet I run a blog at where I write and publish a wide range of programming articles on topics related to content processing and production. I have a particular interest in advanced (OpenType) typography and high-quality Arabic typesetting.
I’d be delighted to hear from any independent publishing company searching for a well-rounded and very experienced publishing professional (I also have a physics degree: first-class honours). Above all, I’m looking for a role which offers a variety of challenges and one through which I can make a real contribution to the success of the publishing program. If you are planning to recruit, or are just at the “ideas stage”, do please feel free to get in contact for a chat or further discussion. My e-mail address is
Tushar Saxena
"A 22 year old energetic, articulate, presentable individual who can thrive in any fast paced and commission based publishing firm, service environment. Possessing the ability and confidence to contribute to the smooth running of a company and possessing the ‘can do’ attitude required to be able to get things done. I can communicate well with customers and demonstrate a helpful attitude at all times on the office floor. I am polite and professional with excellent skill. I have a flexible and positive approach to everything I do and able to work effectively on my own and as part of a team."
Tushar is currently looking for internship opportunities.
Tatiana Polivoda
An experienced International Sales/Foreign Rights professional, I'm now looking for a new challenge as a Sales/Foreign Rights Manager or Senior Manager. Amongst my achievements are branded retail spaces across major foreign retail chains; business development in non-traditional markets; entering new sales territories, and more.
Experienced International Sales Manager (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS)
Strong background and extensive connections
Managing wide variety of international projects — export, international editions, retail projects
Traditional and non-traditional markets
Proven track record of meeting and exceeding targets and growing new business
Strong analytical skills and commercial awareness
Ability to work well within a team and independently
International globetrotter
I'm open to new opportunities and look forward to hearing from you at
Tim Pearce
I am winding down after a 40-year career in Publishing print production and stock control, half that time as a self-employed consultant. However, I still have plenty to offer to small publishers with no production expertise who are looking to grow. My most recent role was with Rising Stars, a KS1/2 educational publisher. Over a period of 10 years I helped them to grow into a multi-million pound publisher, ultimately acquired by Hodder Education, part of Hachette UK. In my role as Production and Operations Manager I was key to maintaining the company's profitability and viability during difficult economic times, marrying low cost of sales with a very high stock turn.
I have wide-ranging expertise in digital and conventional print in markets both domestic and overseas, with an extensive range of contacts built up over many years. I can be contacted on 07432742209 or at
lan Fertig
I am a graduate looking for opportunities for experience and/or work within the publishing industry. I already possess skills and experience which would be beneficial within this sphere. My particular strengths lie in my organisation and close attention to detail, along with a high level of computer literacy. Further, my reading and writing skills are of a high standard, having graduated with a 2:1 in History and English from Leeds University, and subsequently honed these within a professional setting, working as an administrator at a solicitors' firm. I now wish to use my degree to pursue a career in publishing as this marries my existing skill-set with my desire to work within a creative industry. Without creativity there is no progress, and publishing is a medium for this progress, whilst at the same time being an industry in flux, and therefore a subject of progress itself. I have already gained a measure of editing/proof-reading experience on a community print periodical, during which time I developed an understanding of the process of getting a written product ready for print and distribution within constraints of time and quality. I am looking for opportunities for employment or experience in order to make use of, and improve, these abilities, to gain new skills, and to deepen my understanding of the publishing industry. I would consider my strengths to lie towards editing/proof-reading/writing copy, but am open to any and all opportunities, as I am young and flexible and a fast learner. If you can offer such an opportunity, or know of anyone who might, I would be most grateful if you could contact me via my email,, or pass on my details.
Rupert Harbour
I am an experienced and knowledgable Sales Director,for the last three years I have been running my own company - Harbour Publisher Services. The aim of my company is to assist all publishers, both big and small, established and new, to increase and develop their sales of their titles across all areas of the UK and Worldwide book trade and non-traditional trade. I deal with all the major UK customers, from Waterstones, the main supermarkets, Independents, wholesalers, school suppliers, etc. and various Export agents and customers. I have worked with Little Tiger Press, Macmillan Marketing Services, Vine House Distribution, G2 Entertainment, John Blake Publishing, Make Believe Ideas, and I am currently working with Speechmark Books, Plurus Books and Swankypants Books. I am looking to working with other publishers so please if you are looking for sales assistance please do not hesitate to get in contact. You can contact me at
Hetal Hariya
With a decade-long experience managing scholarly content in the STM publishing field (largely with non-profit scholarly societies), and academic training in Biology, I bring to the table a combination of subject experience and skills. I have worked on various interdisciplinary subjects, including clinical trials, science, wildlife, ecology, humanities, and anthropology. I have handled a mix of responsibilities, including copy-editing, proof-reading, and managing scholarly content flow from submission to publication. As part of editorial production management, I have liaised with authors, reviewers, editorial board members, typesetters, printers, and freelance editors and designers. I have worked on online submission, tracking, and content management systems, and am well-versed in style manuals, publishing software, and operating systems. I have a passion for scientific communication, and am interested in the debates around ethics and policies in publishing. I am offering consulting, management, and copy-editing services in the content publishing field. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your requirements at

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