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Apply Now To Attend A Workshop On How To Start And Run A Publishing Company in Nigeria!

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 5, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Do you want to run a publishing company in Nigeria?

As part of the 15th Lagos Book & Arts Festival, British Council is running a workshop for people interested in setting up and running their own publishing house.

The workshop will be facilitated by Ms Sarah Odedina Managing Director of the UK Children’s publishing house, Hot Key Books. Sarah has worked in some of the major UK publishing houses and, notably, over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.

The workshop will focus on:


A theoretical overview of the process of launching a publishing house from finding a name, building a team, to acquiring titles will be discussed.  The workshop will focus on the logistical side of budget and planning in advance of a launch as well as the important role of marketing and social media in establishing a presence in the market.  The workshop will set your profile in context and help you to understand how you fit into the publishing scene before you start. It will encourage you to use all means possible to make sure that that message is understood by booksellers and readers. There will also be a focus on marketing and social media and how this can help you to achieve success.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday 13th November 2013

Time: 09.00a.m – 5.00p.m


We are looking for

Creative practitioners with a proven track record of working within the literature sector, e.g. magazine editors, literary editors, sales and marketing professionals etcExisting publishers or staff of publishing houses interested in building their capacity to run their publishing organisationsTo apply candidates need to:

Name and or show links to published materials and demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of publishing practice in an attached supporting statement.

Provide a 200-400 supporting statement detailing their background in publishing/ literature. This may detail previous positions held in the sector, literary initiatives they’ve been involved in or other relevant opportunities pursued.

Be available on the 13 November 2013 from 10.00am till 5.00pm

Click here; ; to download application form, fill and send to on or before 11 November 2013

Unfortunately, we are only able to contact selected candidates and will do this by November 8, 2013.

Sarah Odedina Profile

Sarah Odedina began her publishing career working in the adult rights department of Penguin Books.  She moved into children’s books in 1992 and quickly realised that she had found her niche.  After four and a half years working as Rights Director for Orchard Books she moved to Bloomsbury in January 1997 as Editorial Director and during her time at Bloomsbury she commissioned and edited many prize-winning best-selling authors including Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar and Celia Rees.  She also over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.  In September 2011 Sarah left Bloomsbury to start a new fiction list for Bonnier Publishing and has already enjoyed considerable success with one of the Hot Key Books titles winning the Costa Book Award.  She feels now that a start-up is an incredibly privileged place to be allowing for greater integration between editorial and marketing and sales in order to ensure that there is a seamless approach to getting authors books in to the hands of readers

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