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Redwood Sponsors BookMachine Event: 


Redwood Publishing Recruitment are sponsoring this event and we’d like to see you there!

15th February | 6.30pm | The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, London

On the 15th February, come and join top industry experts, both in-house and freelance, to discuss how to manage the in-house/freelance working relationship. The Book Machine, along with Redwood Publishing Recruitment and Just Content will be sponsoring this event which will be held at The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, London at 6:30pm.

The event will host various speakers discussing how to manage the in-house/freelance working relationship. Each speaker will share how they communicate effectively, maintain quality and work to budget.


The speakers: Astrid deRidder, Anna Faherty and Kathryn Munt

Astrid deRidder has worked in publishing for over 10 years starting as a production editor at Random House and now her current role is Head of Business Development within the Education Reform division at Cambridge University Press.

Anna Faherty has set up her own business providing services to publishers, museums and learning instiutions after working in-house in editorial positions for 15 years.

Kathryn Munt is Business and Publishing Lead for ELT and Schools with Integra, a Digital and Content Services company working with Educational Institutions and Publishers worldwide.

Redwood Publishing Recruitment and Just Content are also sponsoring drinks after the talks.
This is a great opportunity to come and network with key people and hear their thoughts.

We hope to see you there! To buy tickets for this event click here.



12 Days of Christmas - Day 1

Interview Tip

When you go for an interview always accept the offer of a drink. Taking a sip will allow you to pause and have extra time to gather your thoughts and prepare your answer to a question.


The Do’s and Don’ts of CVs


Writing a CV can be tricky if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in a job for numerous years. There is no perfect example of a CV but there are standard rules when creating your CV to make sure yours is even read. We are here to assist you when putting together a CV with a few basic do’s and don’ts.


  • Tailor the CV to the job; emphasise the areas that apply to the job that you’re applying for.
  • Keep the CV neat; make sure it is easy to read, the employer looking at your CV doesn’t have time to read big paragraphs so bullet points for your duties in each job will make the CV an easier read.
  • Put your work history in reverse order; this keeps it easier for the employer to see your relevant experience by having the most recent work at the top
  • Keep it updated!



  • Don’t make it too long; no longer than 2 pages and no big paragraphs. Employers don’t have time to read 3 or 4 pages of block text.
  • Don’t have fancy font; keep the font a reasonable size and easily legible.
  • Don’t mix between third and first person; this will make it confusing for the employer reading it.
  • Don’t send a CV without proof reading; mistakes in a CV can be the reason behind you not getting an interview. Especially if you are applying for an editorial role, make sure you have no spelling mistakes / grammar errors. If in doubt yourself, get someone else to proofread your CV.


If you require any more CV tips don’t hesitate in contacting us.

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12 Days of Christmas

As Christmas is fast approaching, Redwood Publishing Recruitment will be doing '12 days of Christmas', starting on 12th December up until 23rd December to get us all in the Christmas Spirit. We will be counting down to the last working day before Christmas with some useful hints and tips for your CV, cover letters, interviews and some live Q&A’s throughout. If you have any specific questions you want to be answered, tweet us at @RedwoodJobs or send a message on Facebook and we will make sure that they are answered.



Proudly sponsoring The Society of Young Publishers

Redwood Publishing Recruitment is proud to sponsor The Society of Young Publishers (SYP). On the 26th November 2016 the SYP will be holding their annual 1-Day conference at University of the Arts, London (London College of Communication) in Elephant & Castle.

The conference theme this year will be 'How to Make a Best Seller' with expert speakers debating about the many dimentions of the concept of the bestseller and the roles they play in modern publishing.

All definitely worth a listen don't you think? For more information take a look here.




Rising Stars - 2016

Thursday 7th July 2016 saw the final celebration for the Rising Stars of 2016. Redwood Publishing Recruitment were proud to sponsor the event and participate in such a wonderful scheme to celebrate and promote up and coming talent in the publishing industry, from all sectors. 

It was a great night, filled with enthusiastic publishing professionals from all backgrounds, in the lovely setting of the National Portrait Gallery library.

Pictured (left to right):
Hannah Lawson (Recruitment Consultant - Redwood Publishing Recruitment), Theresa Duncan (Managing Director - Redwood Publishing Recruitment), Sandra Williamson (PR & Public Relations Officer - The Bookseller)


Congratulations to all the rising stars and the shooting star Emma Smith. You can see the full list of Rising Stars here.



Working in Publishing Day - Oxford Brookes

Yesterday, 7 th of March 2016, Redwood Publishing Recruitment participated in the annual event "Working in Publishing Day", organised by Oxford Brookes University for BA & MA in Publishing students, who wish to pursue a career in publishing.

We have been attending this informative and successful event for several years now, and we find that this is a unique opportunity for students (both undergraduate and postgraduate finishing their studies) to ask questions, roleplay, speak with and seek advice from publishing professionals from recruiters and HR officers to major UK publishers, and gain valuable insights into this exciting industry.

The topic of this year's morning session focused on finding your own Unique Selling Points, CV tips, advice on cover letters and interview dos and don'ts. 

In the afternoon, publishers and recruiters participated in a speed-dating session where students had the chance to speak to experienced industry professionals and seek advice on their applications and their future publishing career.

We feel these events are very important for students because they allow them to get a first-hand insight of what it is like to work in the publishing industry and how to achieve success.

We are looking forward to participating again next year and imparting our experience to new publishing talent. We are sure we will work with many of the students we met with yesterday in their future careers, across all areas of publishing.

See you all next year!


Publishing for Kids:  How to create a successful book for children

If you love kids' books, you work in the industry or you are simply curious to find more about the magical world of publishing, then leave your calendar free on 9th March 2016 and come and join us! The Book Machine, alongwith Redwood Publishing Recruitment, Boolino and Just Content will be sponsoring this event, which will be held at ' The Driver ', King's Cross, London at 6pm.

The event will host various speakers who will explain how to create great children's books and how to market them in a publishing world that's becoming more and more digital. 

The Speakers: Sven Huber, Steve Bohme, Claire Morrison and Charlotte Hoare

What's their experience? They work in marketing within children's publishing for well-known UK and International companies. So they know a thing or two about kids' books! They know when it will be the most strategic time to publish a book, and they know about parents buying behavior.  They helped release books that have been chosen by thousands of mums and dads to read to their kids in front of a warm fireplace on a cold winter night with a cup of hot chocolate before going to bed.

They will talk about the world of publishing for kids, how to keep up with the digital world, and they will be sharing some of the secrets they learned throughout their years in publishing. To know more about the event and to purchase a ticket, visit the Book Machine, and see you there!


Redwood Recruitment proudly sponsored Book Machine event in Cambridge: The next five years of publishing

On the 5th anniversary of the day the Book Machine was born, we gathered together to celebrate publishing and to talk about its next 5 years.

Book Machine is a community publisher that runs events and posts news about this beautiful industry.

Alison Jones was the main speaker at the event. She is a business and executive coach, consultant and content publisher who has worked in publishing for over 20 years. She took us back in time, talking about the origin of publishing, and she made us realise that this industry is most definitely not coming to an end, in fact it is going through a very prolific period, where companies need to adapt to new changing environments in order to succeed.

Nowadays anyone can publish a book, and people find themselves surrounded by a plethora of publications. 

What to do in order to survive competition?
Now more than ever publishing needs to be about quality. These are the most important things to focus on for publishers according to

  • Find and nurture talent: Identify authors and books that are going to stand out in the marketplace, discover new voices, nurture writing talent, form rich relationships with authors and provide them with expert editorial advice;
  • Fund the author's writing process: Invest in ideas in the form of advances paid to authors, allowing authors time and resources to research and write, and investing in infrastructure, tools, and partnerships.

To find out more about the Book Machine, visit their website by clicking here.


The Publishing Industry Salary. 2015 Survey by The Publishers Weekly

The Publishers Weekly posted an interesting article about the publishing industry salary in 2015. They sent out a survey to professionals in the publishing sector and the results are very interesting.

The publishing industry is getting younger and younger - "The book publishing industry's workforce was younger in 2014 than in 2013, and, as a result, average compensation was down year on year, according to our annual salary and jobs survey" (Publishers Weekly).

They found out that the average age of those who've responded to the 2014 survey was 35, down from 42 in 2013. Furthermore the mean number of years respondents have worked in publishing fell from 13 in 2013 to 9 last year, with marked changes in the percentage of respondents with fewer than three years' experience (up from 8% to 19%) and in the share of the workforce made up of the most experienced employees (18% of respondents had worked in the industry for 21 years or more in 2014, down from 25% in 2013).

Not surprisingly, this declined share of experienced employees has influenced the average compensation for both men and women: "average compensation for men fell from $85,000 in 2013 to $70,000 last year, and from just under $61,000 to $51,000 for women".

To read the full article click here

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