A Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing opened Mark Campbell’s eyes to many different job pathways he’d never considered before.
Master of Writing and Publishing (formely the Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Editing)
I chose RMIT for the praise it had received, the teachers, the location, the facilities and for the industry connections I knew would come.
“I started the course not sure whether to be just an editor or to work in production in some capacity but through exposure to so many insightful industry professionals as guest lecturers, I found myself considering interesting jobs in marketing, copyright, permissions, publicity and design”.
Mark’s time at RMIT helped him appreciate how vitally important the success of each and every book is in a publishing house.
“Profit margins are small in the publishing world – minuscule in fact. Learning how to calculate this at RMIT taught me to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the marketing and selling of books.”
“A publishing list is a delicate balance but you quickly learn that you can’t be in the game if you’re not willing to take a gamble.”
Mark advises for anyone who is interesting in the editing and publishing field to gain as much experience as they can.
“Internships are really crucial in the publishing world. Choose the companies you really want to work for – the game-changers and mould-breakers – and make contact with whichever department you want work within.”
“Keep applying for as many jobs as possible. I was lucky enough to get my current job from a previous interview I had done in a different department and was referred on. Apparently that sort of thing does actually happen!”