Congratulations! Job Success before Graduating!

Just over two thirds of the way through their Publishing Masters and already our students are securing Publishing employment. The Publishing team are delighted to wish the following students every success in their new roles …

Anastasia Gorgan who has now started her new job with Bloomsbury!

Douglas Sloan who has been appointed Sales and Marketing Assistant at Edinburgh University Press.

Jade Regulski who has recently started at The List.

Harriet Leslie who has been offered full time employment at Palimpsest.

Camille Burns who has taken up the position of Editorial Assistant & Administration Executive in the Hodder Gibson department of Hachette UK.

Sophie Cachard, Jack Evans and Stewart Mciver have each been asked to continue with their placement companies, Handspring Publishing, Alban Books Ltd and Connect Communications respectively.

Congratulations once again! Please do continue to keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on!

Best wishes,
Postgraduate Publishing team
Edinburgh Napier University

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My Placement at Hodder Gibson

My desk with the window looking out onto to colourful streets of Paisley
My desk with the view of the colourful streets of Paisley

Paisley is known by most in the west of Scotland by reputation only and you would be forgiven for not knowing that a dynamic and friendly group of people run a successful publishing company right in the heart of the town. I am glad to be in on that secret now and have immensely enjoyed my time at Scotland’s number one educational publisher.

Hodder Gibson has been leading the way in terms of the changes to the secondary school curriculum in Scotland, publishing past papers, model papers, textbooks and study guides which are trusted by the teachers, pupils and parents who use them. As a subsidiary of Hachette, Hodder Gibson has the advantage of being plugged into the enormous production and marketing resources of a large company, whilst remaining a small and flexible unit that is able to respond quickly to the market’s needs. Indeed, the way that the Paisley office has been first to adapt to the change in curriculum in Scotland has also meant that some of their textbooks have been among the bestselling titles for all of Hodder Education in recent months. … Continue reading “My Placement at Hodder Gibson”

My Placement at Hodder Gibson

HodderAdmittedly, the first thing I noticed as I reached the Hodder Gibson office, was the police tape winking in the early morning sunlight. The Managing Director was jolly however. ‘Don’t worry,’ he said brightly. ‘Probably just another fight or murder or something last night. Welcome to Paisley.’

Once inside however, the Hodder Gibson office is a haven of tranquility. As for the staff, it would be difficult to imagine three lovelier people working alongside each other. Tea was made immediately, and offered thereafter without restraint. This was definitely my kind of working environment.

I was quickly set to work, checking the proofs of How to Pass National 5 Art, which had recently come back from the printers, against the original corrections. The main task was also to improve the formatting of the images to make sure they were as big and bold as possible for a vibrant and dynamic look.

Over the course of my placement I was given a range of diverse experience. This included: writing copy-editing and proof-reading briefs, copy editing covers, editing data bases of author contact details, working with author contracts, and compiling what felt like the world’s largest data base of Scottish and UK media contacts for advertising purposes.

705978I quickly remembered that educational publishing stretched to subjects I had given up after GCSE! Tracing areas on ordnance survey maps for a Geography text book and following co-ordinances was one challenge that led me to access skills I had not used in a long time.

The staff took a lot of time with me. Everyday there were new lessons: budgets, sales, estimates, moving annual totals, how to forecast print run; in fact I learned more than I thought possible in ten days in a busy office. It was also very interesting to hear the history of the company, how it started, and how it had evolved to become what it is today.

One of the most exciting parts was sitting in on a meeting with the Creative Directors of Clyde Radio to discuss a potential voice advertisement. Hodder Gibson have just won the SQA past paper tender and are keen to create as much of a buzz around this as possible. The meeting involved discussing the prices of different celebrity voice overs and what music to play in the ad. All very exciting.

Other highlights include the MD, John, buying us lunch at his favourite pub in Paisley, and giving us a detailed account of its very ‘colourful’ history. My thanks go to the staff at Hodder Gibson for all their support, time and patience and for making the placement such an enjoyable and invaluable experience.

Images by permission of Hodder Gibson

My Placement: Hodder Gibson


The staff of Hodder Gibson (and me!)

My placement took place at Hodder Gibson in Paisley, the Scottish imprint of Hodder Education – the textbook publisher.

My first challenge was trying to remember which Standard Grades and Highers I sat six years ago, as Managing Director John Mitchell asked which textbooks I had used in school! 

Over the course of my placement, I was given first hand experience of writing copy-editing briefs and text design briefs as well as marking up corrections on proofs and on published textbooks due to reprint. Although I was at first hesitant to write on a book, I was soon scribbling away with my red pen, using the standard proofing marks taught in the first trimester. Not only did I practise skills I had already established on the MSc Publishing course, but I was also challenged to develop my skills in the business side of things such as dealing with budgets, estimates and sales.

In a small office consisting of four people, I not only gained editorial experience but I also gained knowledge of other people’s roles within the organisation, the workflow process and that if more than one person is having coffee, you get ‘posh’ cafetiere coffee as opposed to instant!

An incredibly worthwhile experience, I am extremely grateful for how welcome I was made to feel at Hodder Gibson. The staff went out of their way to make sure I was learning about the industry and doing things of interest – not just learning about how to work the photocopier!