Publishing is the dissemination of literature, music, or information—the activity of making information available to the general public. In some cases, authors may be their own publishers, meaning originators and developers of content also provide media to deliver and display the content for the same. Also, the word publisher can refer to the individual who leads a publishing company or an imprint or to a person who owns/heads a magazine. the scope of publishing has expanded to include electronic resources such as the electronic versions of books and periodicals, as well as micro-publishing, websites, blogs, video game publishers, and the like.
Earning a degree in publishing qualifies graduates for careers in writing
and sales. Because of the analytical and communications skills taught in these programs
students can pursue additional education or career opportunities in fields such as law
and public relations. Some possible vocational options include:
•Public relations manager
•Many larger companies prefer a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a related field, like communications, English literature or journalism; however, a combination of relevant work experience and education can be considered equivalent. •Various colleges offer certificate programs in publishing that can range from two-week intensive courses to 15-credit-hour courses. •Master's degree program in publishing would require approximately 40 credit hours. Common coursework includes editing, production, design and marketing.
•Strong communication skills are essential for a career in book publishing. •The individual must also be able to work well with deadlines. •Computer literacy is also a necessity. •A book publisher must be a quick
analytical reader and have a knack for spotting marketable books. •Must have a good understanding of effective marketing techniques related to your industry •Must be able to keep abreast of what’s popular in the literary world. •Must be extremely detail oriented. •Must be able to oversee and delegate the work of many different types of specialists •Must be able to recognize promising new opportunities. •Must be computer literate and must be comfortable using basic office applications. •Must have good negotiation skills •Must have excellent communication skills (verbal and written) •Must be able to network and establish professional relationships.
Courses to be pursued
1. Bachelor’s degree in Writing
2. Bachelor's Degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
3. Master's Degree in Writing with a Concentration in Publishing
Publishers work in offices. They usually work regular hours, but are usually expected to work longer hours when working to deadlines. They may be required to travel nationally or internationally to attend launches, book fairs or conferences, or to meet authors, editors or other publishers.