Category Archives: Students

Q&A with Louise Evans, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

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Louise EvansLouise is a London-based graphic designer and illustrator who grew up in Cambridge and graduated from NUA in 2010 with a degree in design for publishing. Her passions for typography, print and cooking are often brought together in the design of recipes and other illustrated books. Have a look at her website and check out some of her wonderful and unique work.

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Nominate: The Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2017

By | Agents, Author, Brand Publishing, Design, Digital, Editing, Events, Freelance, Ghostwriters, Grads, Network, Publishing & Consultancy, Self publishing, Startup, Students, Translation | No Comments

Unsung Heroes 2017

It’s that time of year again: time to spread goodwill and show some appreciation for your favourite colleagues, freelancers and employees. After last year’s inaugural vote, we are particularly looking forward to this year’s Unsung Heroes of Publishing campaign, where we hope to highlight a new group of exceptional publishing specialists.

This year, we’d once again like your help shining a light on publishing professionals who are particularly talented, enterprising and trusted in their respective roles, but who may not have received the broader recognition they deserve. Last year’s campaign confirmed what great stock authors put in their editors and designers. This year we want to celebrate some of publishing’s less visible – and less lionised – contributors, with a focus on the breadth of disciplines needed to make good books happen.

Whether you want to sing the praises of your production controller or recognise your recipe developer, we’re hoping for a range of submissions that reflects the diverse skillset each book represents. We’d particularly encourage you to nominate members of the freelance community, on whom so much of publishing depends but who, by the nature of what they do, often fly under the radar.

Whoever they are, if they deserve a pat on the back, send us an email below or to with their name, job title, employer (if relevant) and a few sentences about what makes them praiseworthy. Let us know whether you’re happy for us to use your name and statement if your nominee gets selected, and that’s it!

The final selection will be influenced by recommendations, but also by the number of submissions received. So if you know that other people agree your nominee deserves extra recognition, ask them to submit their own recommendation, too.


Nominate a deserving colleague for #UH0P17!

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Q&A with Andri Nel

By | Design, Digital, Editing, Freelance, Grads, Interview, Network, Publishing & Consultancy, Self publishing, Startup, Students | No Comments

Andri Nel runs a digital publishing company called Digi-Taal and is completing her MA in Digital Publishing. Before coming to the UK she completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Publishing at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked on numerous digital publishing projects with both authors and publishers. She is driven by a passion for publishing and the process behind creating books.

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7 Tips for Publishers’ Websites

By | Brand Publishing, Design, Digital, Freelance, Grads, Guest Post, Publishing & Consultancy, Self publishing, Students | No Comments

Alejandra Rodriguez Creixell was an intern at whitefox and a Publishing MA student at UCL. She is currently designing a booklet for Waterstones Gower Street and searching for a job in publishing or marketing. Here she shares some key findings from her MA research on publishers’ websites and their effectiveness.

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Making time to read

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Last week The Bookseller reported that big Publishers in the US are giving away $250m in free e-books as part of the Obama scheme. While this is a great initiative that will make children with low-income families (but who can afford e-readers) have easier access to discovering reading, this alone will not be not enough. Yes, it is tempting to throw money (or free books) at the problem, but doing so only creates a temporary fix. If we truly want to get to the root of the problem, we have to dig deeper.

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whitefox mentorship

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Back in August we wrote an article for Publishing Perspectives, noting the incredibly difficult situation that most graduates find themselves in when simply trying to gain a toe-hold in the publishing industry:

The dilemma is a simple one. Without having prior experience you cannot find a job. Yet without finding a job you cannot gain experience. Without which, of course, you cannot find a job. Which is in a way impressive; I don’t think many envisage graduating university only to be blocked from further progression by logical paradox.

Since then, we’ve been working on a way of helping the next generation of writers and publishing specialists who will produce the great books of tomorrow. We realize that for many, traditional models can seem dauntingly impenetrable and an unpaid work placement in London is not an option. That’s why we have now launched our mentorship programme, aimed specifically at those who are unable to apply for work experience in the capital.

At the heart of the programme is the opportunity to work remotely with the Publisher of Profile Books (Daniel Crewe). The mentorship will run for a month, during which time the successful applicant will have the chance to gain insights into the early stages of publishing and to develop a range of editorial skills, including:

  • reader’s reports and responses to submissions
  • editorial reports on manuscripts
  • researching possible authors and ideas for new titles
  • copywriting

We will be looking for candidates with a demonstrable interest in editing and relevant experience. Interested applicants should send a CV to whitefox, with a covering letter outlining why they are interested in the programme and what they will bring to it, in terms of skills, ideas and experience.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to perform a brief copyediting test before a final selection is made.

We will also be offering the opportunity of remote work experience with whitefox as an editorial reader. Here, you’ll have the chance to take a first look at manuscripts that come to us, often from literary agents. Before they are sent to edit, we’ll ask you to read through and provide a brief editorial report on the book as well as, in some instances, a full or partial line edit. After the book has been professionally edited, we will feedback on your work and share the final edit.

Finally, we do offer traditional work experience, for those who are able to spend a week or two in London. Please get in touch via email at with a CV and a covering letter telling us which opportunity you are interested in, and why.

The deadline for applications is November the 15th. Good luck!

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