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Creative Access host a fantastic masterclass at HarperCollins

HarperCollins was Creative Access’s first media partner to host a masterclass back in January 2013 and were also the very first book publisher to take on a Creative Access intern. This made us especially excited for our May masterclass where we returned to their spectacular new home at The News Building right next to The Shard in London Bridge. As usual, we enlisted a fantastic panel of speakers who were on hand to share their experiences and give our interns an insightful look into the world of publishing.

After a brief introduction from Creative Access’s Founder, Michael Foster, HarperCollins’s Chief Executive, Charlie Redmayne was first up to take the stage. He explained the various divisions that make up HarperCollins as an organisation and provided an overview of life working at a busy publishing company. Charlie also addressed some of the issues the publishing industry is currently facing, covering everything from digital threats and competition from the likes of Amazon, through to ensuring that the publishing world represents our diverse society. He said “Book publishing has been a white middle class industry for too long but HarperCollins are changing this. In order to represent diversity, we need people who understand that publishing can utilise different platforms. The voices of BAMEs are not heard enough in publishing so we need to proactively employ people who understand those voices.”

Creative Director, Ben North was next up. He reminded the interns of the importance of networking and maintaining strong relationships in order to succeed in the world of publishing and to hone your skills and much as possible. He said “It’s what you know and who you know – but I’d advise having both. The main thing I always look for when I interview is talent. Talent first, CV after. Don’t just put forward a big portfolio, put forward a good one.”

Following Ben, came Women’s Fiction Publisher Kim Young and Affiliate Publisher Rose Sandy who both gave our interns an in-depth look into their day-to-day activities. Kim said “The job of a publisher is a mixture of a poker player and a counsellor.” Rose explained the Christian publishing market which makes up 10% of HarperCollins sales. It was remarkable to hear that HarperCollins is now the biggest publisher of bibles in the world.

The evening ended with a great networking session where our interns were able to share their experiences with each other and talk more to our panel members and even help themselves to huge and exciting selection of free books!

A huge thanks to the HR and events teams for organising a brilliant event and to the entertaining and inspiring panel:

  • Charlie Redmayne, Chief Executive, HarperCollins UK
  • Ben North, Creative Director, Fiction / Non-Fiction
  • Kim Young, Publisher
  • Rose Sandy, Affiliate Publisher

We are delighted to be currently recruiting for a Publishing Intern at HarperCollins. Click here for more details on how to apply.