March 2021
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Publishing Scotland Training

Welcome to the March training newsletter and to the early and very welcome signs of spring.

Our training programme is now well underway and we have the first of our new editorial courses this month: Marketing your freelance editorial business on 15 and 18 March. There are only a couple of places left so book now if you want to attend.

As well as an update on our courses we have a round up of jobs and events including one with Douglas Stuart about his publishing journey from debut author to Booker Prize winner.

We will be adding to the programme throughout the year. Please get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.

Best wishes


Joan Lyle, 
Training and Information Manager, Publishing Scotland
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Marketing your freelance editorial business NEW COURSE
15 and 18 March 2021

This is a new course, aimed at freelance editors and proofreaders who want to develop their marketing skills to promote their business. It will be delivered online (Zoom) by regular tutor Denise Cowle over two sessions of two hours each on Monday 15 and Thursday 18 March 2021.

Fee: Special fee of £100+VAT
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by noon on Thursday 11 March 2021.
Practical Mark-up of PDFs
Practical Mark-up of PDFs NEW COURSE
26 and 29 April 2021

Denise Cowle's new course is aimed at proofreaders who want to fully understand the tools available to them in Adobe Acrobat DC (free version). It will be delivered online (Zoom) over four hours - two sessions of two hours each on Monday 26 and Thursday 29 April 2021. PLEASE NOTE: this course does not teach proofreading skills. For proofreading skills, see Introduction to Proofreading.

Fee: £100+VAT (members); £135+VAT (non-members)
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by noon on 22 April 2021
Editing for non-publishers NEW COURSE
10 and 13 May 2021

This new course aimed at people who don’t work in a publishing house is now FULL. Get in touch if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Fee: £100+VAT (members); £135+VAT (non-members)
Details: see the Publishing Scotland website.
Introduction to Copy-editing
Introduction to Copy-editing
17, 20, 24 and 27 May 2021

Delivered by regular tutor Cathy Tingle, this course is suitable for people in the publishing industry, those who want to work in editing on a freelance basis, and anyone else who has responsibility for the presentation of written material. This course will be delivered online in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 17, Thursday 20, Monday 24 and Thursday 27 May 2021. It is eligible for 3 CIEP upgrade points.

Fee: £150+VAT (members); £200+VAT (non-members)
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by midnight on Wednesday 12 May 2021
Introduction to Proofreading
1, 3, 7 and 10 June 2021

No previous knowledge is required for this introduction to proofreading course with regular tutor Denise Cowle. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. This course will be delivered online in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Tuesday 1, Thursday 3, Monday 7 and Thursday 10 June 2021. It is eligible for 3 CIEP upgrade points.

Fee: £150+VAT (members); £200+VAT (non-members).
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by by midnight on Wednesday 26 May 2021.
More courses

Booking is also open for

We post our courses on the PS website as soon as they are open for booking.

See also our round up of free and paid-for online training courses.
Douglas Stuart and James Crawford


Douglas Stuart, Booker-Prize winning author of Shuggie Bain (Picador) will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster, James Crawford, on his publishing journey from debut writer to internationally-published and award-winning author.
This event is hosted by Publishing Scotland/Scottish Books International, in conjunction with the Scottish Government’s International Office in Washington, DC, USA. Reserve your free ticket now.
Some online events in the next couple of months.

The festival themes are 'Make It New' and 'No Rhyme Nor Reason', and they'll be showcasing poetry from countries from the former Eastern bloc with 'Beyond the Iron Curtain'. See the StAnza website.

International Women's Day on 8 March 2021 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And there are of course many women's achievements to be celebrated in writing and publishing!

The IPG will facilitate one-to-one meetings with a wide range of UK and international retailers, publishers, distributors, suppliers and experts. See the IPG website.

Hooked is a festival of creative collaboration with writers, illustrators, visual artists and performers offering a series of workshops for young people. Aimed at 14-25s, Hooked is an opportunity to try a new creative practice, develop your existing talent, learn about other opportunities in the region and meet your peers. For full details, see the Wigtown Book Festival website.

Every month, Bloody Scotland will be hosting an exclusive book club discussion on Facebook Live with a variety of journalists, bloggers, podcasters and booksellers. The first live event features Laidlaw by William McIlvanney (Canongate), Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald (Orenda Books), and Out For Blood by Deborah Masson (Corgi).

Ctrl Alt Refresh is SYP Scotland's first-ever digital conference. The conference will feature panels on a wide range of topics – from 2020 being the year of digitising events and the diverse and unconventional routes into the industry, to international publishing and the debates surrounding representation and accessibility. For details and to book, see Eventbrite. And everyone who books a place will be entered in a prize draw for training courses up to £250 including any of Publishing Scotland courses

The Mainstreet Trading Company: Bookseller
Apply by Friday 12 March for this full-time position in St Boswells.

Hachette UK: Trainees
Hachette UK is partnering for the first time with literary agency Curtis Brown and booksellers Waterstones for its 2021 year-long traineeship programme. It is actively seeking applications from candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds and particularly men from both of these backgrounds to improve the representation of these groups in Hachette UK’s editorial staff base. Apply by 14 March 2021. Applications are to be made via Creative Access and there are ten places.

SYP Scotland: Committee members
Volunteer to be part of the SYP Scotland committee by Monday 15 March 2021 (deadline extended).

Scottish Book Festivals Network: Request for Tender
Apply by Monday 15 March 2021.

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Internship
This Development, Marketing & PR and Programming Internship opportunity is only open to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates. Apply through Creative Access by Tuesday 16 March 2021.

Witherby Publishing Group: Editorial and Quality Control Assistant
Apply for this full-time, permanent position by Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Publishing Scotland: New Website Tender
The deadline for submissions of tenders to develop, design and deliver a new website for Publishing Scotland is Monday 22 March 2021.

The 2021 Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Awards
Entries should be submitted by 7pm on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

Prepress Projects: Publishing interns
Apply by Friday 30 April 2021 (deadline extended) for these paid internships which, circumstances permitting, will take place in summer/autumn 2021 in Perth.

For more information on these jobs and opportunities, see the Publishing Scotland website.

Bookcareers Job Club Initiative
As a direct response to the current employment situation caused by Covid-19, the bookcareers service is now running TWO job clubs: one for newcomers and one for publishing professionals. See the bookcareers website.

The Book Trade Charity
The Book Trade Charity may be able to provide grants for book trade people in need. It has also recently completed its latest affordable housing development in London (see The Bookseller 24 February 2021). For more information and to apply for grants or housing, see the Book Trade Charity website.
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