CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing – part 4 Author


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant. 

Last in our series, Kate looks at the work of an author.

What do authors do? 

Write books! Many authors supplement their income with related roles like teaching creative writing, editing and proof-reading services, copy writing. 

Who would you work for? 

Freelance for the writing. Other roles (above) could be done as a freelancer or you could be employed by a university, college, publishing firm etc. 

Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

Yes, but you have to create the opportunities. Getting an agent is still the most common way of getting a book to market- you’ll need to find an agent who is interested in your type of work and submit a cover letter with your book (giving them a reason to read it!). Twitter is a good way to identify specific agents and their interests and you can use The Writers & Artist’s Yearbook. The average advance for an author in the UK is £6,600 (June 2015), hence the need for a portfolio career. 

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing – part 3 Script/screen writer


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark greenCareers blog, written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant. Next in our series on careers in writing we look at the work of a Script/Screen Writer

What do they do?

Create stories and characters for film, TV, radio, internet. This could be original ideas, but the majority of scriptwriting is book adaptations.

Who would you work for?

Most are freelancers. Some large production companies have in-house script development teams, e.g. BBC and ITV.

Are there actually any jobs in this sector?

Yes, but you have to be persistent! Most screen writers have a “portfolio career”, i.e. more than one job to supplement their income. Ideally get work in complementary roles, e.g. I spoke to a Runner for a film production company and a Lecturer in screenwriting who both also work as freelance screen writers.

Entry requirements?

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 2 – Literary Agent)


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Next in our series covering careers in writing, we look at the work of a Literary Agent.

What do they do? 

A few things:

  • Discover new authors.
  • Provide editorial feedback and help authors to polish their work before submitting to publishers.
  • Pitch books to publishers, negotiate fees, process all the legal work.
  • Provide on-going support to authors and act as the liaison between author and publisher. 

Who would you work for? 

A literary agency, rather than a publishing firm.

E.g. http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/section/about-us 

Are there actually any jobs in this sector? 

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers in writing (part 1 – Copywriter)


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

Journalism is often the obvious choice for a career in writing, but there are other areas where a way with words is central to the role….

I recently met with some writing professionals who gave me some great insights into their careers and these are the key things I think you will be interested in.

Copy Writer:

What do they do?

Copy writers focus on the tone of the message, rather than the content. You could be composing tantalising menu descriptions, creating informative but engaging health & safety signage at a train station or sensitively wording redundancy letters…

Who would you work for?

  • An agency, working for many different brands on many different projects.
  • In-house, as the “voice” for a specific employer.
  • Freelance.

Are there actually any jobs in this sector?

Yes, it’s a growing area as businesses are investing more money into the way their company “sounds”, rather than just the visuals of a brand.

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Word Experience is back and ready for applications!


Word Experience is back and we’re ready for your applications.
Here are some details about how you can get involved.

Hello, we’re The Writer (thewriter.com), the world’s largest language consultancy.

The world’s best (and most humble) language consultancy is running a two-day workshop on 26th and 27th March 2015. We’re looking for 20 undergraduates who love writing to come and get inspired to write for a living. And if you’re really good, we might ask you to be one of our two paid apprentices.

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