#SYPfreelance: Freelancing 101

freelanceeventWhen 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.

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Publishing Round-Up: 14th November 2016.

RLS Day returns

‘RLS Day was originally a small commemoration of the author’s birthday on 13 November, and is now a week-long programme of exciting events. From Monday 7 November, the ‘criminally good’ programme will kick off with many fab events coming over the course of the week.

As part of this year’s programme, there is a specially produced collection of Stevenson’s short stories including The Body-Snatcher, with thanks to the generous support of Edinburgh Napier University. But there is bad news! A number of the books have been Kidnapped! and will only appear once again in various places across Edinburgh from Monday to Friday. Keep an eye on #RLSDay to see where the books will appear!

The first clue will be revealed on Monday, with one each day until Friday.

See the full RLS Day programme on the City of Literature website.’

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Publishing Round-Up: 7th November 2016.

Writers and publishers on The List’s Hot 100 of 2016

The Hot 100 is The List’s annual celebration of the figures who’ve contributed most to the cultural landscape in Scotland during the year. This year’s list (published on 2 November) is as wide-ranging as ever encompassing one-off events, chefs, musicians, dancers, playwrights, publishers and quite a few writers.

The list included:

  • writers Graeme Macrae Burnet at 3 and Chitra Ramaswamy at 61 (published by Saraband)
  • writer Amy Liptrot at 7 and actor and writer Alan Cumming at 18 (published by Canongate Books)
  • poet and activist Harry Giles at 6 and publisher Freight Books at 28
  • Scotlitfest (the Saltire Society, Laura Jones and Heather McDaid) at 91 and
  • writer (and former publisher) Helen Sedgwick at 95.

Some other literary names on the list include:

  • Jackie Kay (writer and poet) (5)
  • Glasgow Women’s Library (11)
  • David Greig (Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre) (13)
  • Neu! Reekie! (events) (15)
  • Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum (formerly Rally & Broad) (16)
  • Bloody Scotland (Crime Writing Festival) (27)
  • Dundee Rep Theatre (30)
  • Dominic Hall (theatre director) (47)
  • Dundee Literary Festival (49)
  • Glasgow Comic Con (52)
  • Freak Circus (magazine) (83)
  • Oor Wullie Bucket Trail (85)
  • Neil Slorance (illustrator and comic artist) (90)
  • Sumayya Usmani (foodwriter, author and cookery teacher) (96)
  • Chris Brookmyre (writer) (97)
  • JK Rowling (writer) (100)’

Read more about the list here.

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