As a Publisher, you will be responsible for all the different aspects involved in publishing a book, magazine, website or music. You take full ownership of a particular publication, which involves developing a content and marketing strategy targeted for that publication.
There are many different types of Publisher, who specialise in a particular media.
As a Newspaper Publisher, you will be reading through the stories and news from Newspaper Journalists to make sure it is spelt correctly and is consistent with other news in the media.
You could work for national or local newspaper publishers and managing staff of junior Journalists, Journalists, News Editors and Sub Editors.
As a Magazine Publisher, you will be responsible for making the articles in the magazine engaging and informative for your readers.
You will help with new ideas for the magazine to keep it relevant to your audience. This could include new content or having more featured articles.
When it comes to the articles, you will have use to your proofreading expertise to make sure all language is appropriate for the audience, while reading for mistakes in grammar, spelling and punctuation. You may have to re-write the articles or ask the writer to review it and write another version, if needed.
You could be employed by specialist publishers, online media or house magazines.
As a Book Publisher, you will be reading through a large amount of text such as:
- health guides
- travel guides
You will need to read through the text, checking for mistakes and last minute changes before it is published.
You could be employed by well-known publishers such as Penguin Group. Hodder & Stoughton and Pearson. You could also be employed by smaller, local publishers.
As an Electronic Publisher, you will be publishing content online to all your users.
This could be on your company website or on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Before it is published, you will need to check the information for spelling errors and that all of the information is appropriate for the audience.
When the content is published, you may monitor the feedback from the posts. This could be comments or enquires that you may need to reply to.
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.
Personal Qualities and Skills
To become a Publisher, you will need:
- good planning and organisational skills
- excellent English language skills
- leadership and business skills
- excellent interpersonal and team skills
- creative skills to think up new ideas for the publication
- financial skills to manage budgets
- computer skills
- to be able to work to deadlines and remain calm under pressure
If you work on a specialist publication, such as a travel magazine or scientific journal, you need to keep up to date with any trends or developments in the area.
If you work for an online publication, you will need web editing skills and knowledge of technologies and trends in social media.
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
- Starting: £20,000 - £23,000
- With experience: £26,500 - £34,500
- Senior Publishers earn £40,500 - £46,000
Hours of work
Publishers work office hours from Monday to Friday. However, you might need to work some evenings or weekends, especially as deadlines approach.
Where could I work?
Publishing companies employ Publishers, either on an employed or freelance basis. These are either large organisations that cover a wide range of publications, or small, specialist firms that deal with just one or two publishing areas, for example, children's books or educational publishing.
Opportunities for Publishers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK. However, publishing companies are concentrated in London, the South East, Oxford and Cambridge.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch) and on the HMCS website.
Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.
Take a look at our General Information Article
Entry Routes and Training
Publishers usually have a degree in media or publishing studies and can relate to their specialist field such as proofreading.
A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article '
If you would like more training, then the Publishing Training Centre offer courses in publishing skills, planning and management.
The Publishing Training Centre offer a course in editorial project management where you will learn:
- the role of an Editor/Project Manager
- examining the content that you receive
- scheduling tools and tips to be as efficient as possible
- how to budget and finding the best way to achieve a profit
- to manage and communicate an effective team
- to work with freelancers and self-employed Editors
Other courses could be available in your area.
Previous experience working in a publishing or proofreading role would be really useful for this career.
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
This career is usually an exception to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that you must supply information to an employer about any spent or unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings, if they ask you to.
To enter a degree course, you usually need:
- 3 A levels
- GCSEs at grade C/4 or above in your A level subjects
- a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths
Other qualifications are often acceptable as alternatives to A levels, for example:
- a BTEC level 3 qualification will help you to stand out from the crowd
- the International Baccalaureate Diploma
Because of very strong competition for places on courses, successful applicants usually have high A level grades - you should check college/university websites very carefully for specific requirements.
To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.
Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.
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National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
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Publishing Training Centre (PTC)