When it comes to your career, it’s easy to focus on the 9-5, but wthat about freelancing? Our November event brought a crash course in the world of freelancing across a number of areas in publishing. We discovered more about an increasingly important part of the publishing ecosystem, and how skills can be turned into a freelance role.
Meet the panel:
Chaired by Heather McDaid, SYP Scotland’s Social Media Officer and freelancer, we were joined by Fiona Brownlee, PR, Marketing and Rights at Brownlee Donald Associates, Jamie Norman, Publicity & Marketing for Vintage and Julie Fergusson, Editor and Proofreader at Julie Fergusson Literary Services.
Jamie has at this point worked in publishing for 10 months doing media coverage for Vintage Books remotely including tracking cuttings, reviews, publicity and marketing assistance. Before securing his current work he interned for Canongate, did some editorial work for students and he writes his own poetry which has been published in a number of magazines.
Fiona describes herself as literally the ‘vintage’ publisher. She got her first job in publishing a number of years back through a London SYP conference before getting married and moving to Edinburgh to work at Mainstream. When Mainstream folded she set up as her own company offering PR, marketing and rights services.
Julie has been a full-time freelance editor for just over a year now which came about from internships and a job in sales at Birlinn. When she knew she wanted to pursue editorial over sales, which she was doing part time freelance so she left and went freelance full time.