International Publishing


One of the exciting aspects of Publishing that makes it for such a fascinating industry in which to work is that there are so many international opportunities which can broaden the horizons for people looking for a new challenge.  If you are someone that is open to discovering new cultures, has a passion for learning in a global environment, and are keen to become a citizen of the world, then publishing provides a host of opportunities internationally.  The world is a huge place; why not try utilising your publishing experience abroad and soak up the culture of another country whilst learning best-practices from others?

Over the last few years we’ve seen publishers revolutionise their way of working and adapt to the changes and opportunities surrounding them.  Thanks to advances in technology and a change in consumer reading habits the role of the publisher has rapidly evolved and publishing professionals are hungry to learn new skills in order to keep up with the changes going on around them.  A key way for professionals to learn new skills and become more innovative in the way they work and what they bring to their company is through learning from others around the world, and by experiencing new ways of working from the publishing sector in other countries, providing an international perspective and a global mind-set.

Emerging Markets

From our experience of working with global clients and candidates, the main emerging international markets which are currently developing their publishing sectors include:

  • Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
  • Latin America (LatAm)

At the recent International Publishers Congress in South Africa held earlier this month, speakers highlighted the importance of Middle Eastern publishing and we’ve seen growth in the number of publishing roles we’re working on across this territory.  According to data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook “the consumer and educational book publishing market in EMEA will decrease slightly during the next two years and then rise to $44.8 billion by 2016, returning to its 2011 level.”  The other area which provides a host of opportunity for the publishing world is Asia Pacific, where Japan, South Korea and China will lead the way on growth.

Main Players

The various publishing sectors are developing at a different pace.  We’ve found that the following key areas of the publishing industry are currently developing rapidly at a global level with there being huge opportunity for them to expand and enter new international markets around the world:

  • Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM)
  • Academic
  • Educational (ELT, Higher & Professional)

Key Skills

If looking to progress in your career and transfer your skills to an international publishing environment, the desired skills of a candidate will likely include:

  • Knowledge of local language
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Digital awareness
  • Open mindedness
  • Motivation to learn
  • Excellent communication
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Global mind-set

The benefits

The obvious benefit of working in another country and developing your skills abroad is that you are able to bring a new way of thinking to a publishing house and knowledge of international publishing and the best practices of other publishers from around the world.

Through international publishing opportunities, publishers can benefit from the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the global publishing community. Candidates who are working in an international environment can make full use of the opportunity to discuss various issues affecting the publishing industry with publishers from all over the world.

Common ground

Publishers around the world are experiencing similar obstacles and risks including the opportunities for and challenges of digital publishing, the impact and implications of the slow recovery from the current economic recession and intense debates on copyright law and intellectual property rights.  Through experiencing different publishing environments, these issues can be tackled together and ideas and opinions can be shared.

Inspired Selection’s global remit has been rapidly expanding over the last year.  Our experienced Consultants have been helping more and more publishers around the world by placing the best publishing professionals from our talent pipeline into all types of roles from Senior Executive to Assistant level.  We’re currently helping to recruit Educational and Clinical Publisher’s in the Middle East, Digital Programme Managers in Spain, Solutions Directors in Asia, Sales Managers throughout Europe and Marketing Associates in the US.

If you’d like to be considered for international vacancies or if you have any international recruitment needs please don’t hesitate to get in touch, contact:

 Verity Hawson || Email: || Tel: 0207 193 7903


Competition to win personalised interview advice!

Following on from our successful #inspiredtweetup on interview tips and advice we’re launching a brand new competition for five lucky candidates to win a chance to get some tailored and personalised interview advice through an interview video with one of our experienced consultants.

This is a fantastic chance for you to gain a real insight into how you perform in an interview and get some real time advice on what you should, and perhaps shouldn’t be doing when you meet a hiring manager face to face. Use the opportunity to ask our leading industry experts any questions you might have, find out what works and what doesn’t work for you and develop a confidence you can master for when you go into your interviews.

To enter, please answer the question below and email the answer to with the subject line: Interview Competition

What year was Inspired Selection founded?

Good luck! We’ll be drawing out five names from the correct answers on the 29th June so be sure to email your answers before 28th June at midnight.

Interview Tips & Advice #Inspiredtweetup

Inspired Selection @Inspiredjobs Tweet-ups #inspiredtweetup

Topic Three: Interviews

  • Streaming live from Oxford & London, we’re about to start our third live tweet-up..
  • This week we’re looking at Interview Tips, feel free to send us any questions!
  • Firstly, let’s kick off with the first things you should do when you’ve been invited for an interview..
  • Make sure you have all the relevant details so you can get cracking on planning getting yourself to the interview
  • If necessary, have a ‘practise run’ for your route – be sure you know how long the journey will take!
  • Do some research on the company – use their website, The Bookseller and LinkedIn
  • Get familiar with any developments, the main focus of the business and their market!
  • Mentally prepare yourself- do a practice run on competency questions
  • Have some examples ready of how you can prove that you have relevant skills and experience
  • Make LinkedIn work for you…check out your interviewers before you meet them
  • Do flatter them! Everyone likes a bit of ego stroking of their achievements, awards and prizes
  • See if they have an interesting background and everyone is impressed by you knowing something about their career
  • Know who their main competitors are and how they distinguish themselves in their market
  • Tricky questions: can you answer the biscuit question?
  • Make sure you prep questions that show your interest in their company
  • Ask a friend to really push you to answer those tricky questions…
  • What about company culture? Is there room for progression? What do the employers expect of new employees?
  • What are the training opportunities? What is the next stage of the interview process?
  • Ask about extra responsibilities that might not be on the job description…
  • Let’s move onto the big I-day…
  • Firstly. let’s be professional in your choice of clothes for those all important first 7 seconds impression!
  • Appearance – make sure you are neat and tidy, your hair is brushed, shoes polished and you are looking professional.
  • Don’t wear brand new clothes, you need to be comfortable
  • Avoid that lovely smelling fragrance! Check your breath? Double check those teeth after your pre-I coffee/snack
  • Arrive 10 minutes early – get focussed, calm and collected and into that interview zone!
  • Positive and open body language path the way for good impressions
  • Firm handshake, no limp lettuces!
  • Walk tall, exude self confidence, but not arrogance
  • Also back to basics on meeting new people: remember those manners
  • Remind yourself that the interviewers themselves might be nervous too- they’re also being interviewed by you
  • Make sure you’re using appropriate and professional language…definitely no swearing!
  • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer
  • Smile! Be positive and enthusiastic, interviewers will respond to a good attitude
  • Demonstrate that you can bring something new, or give an example of a gap in the market you’ve observed
  • I’ve noticed you’re looking at developing throughout Latin America; this is an area I’m familiar with…’
  • Show you potential to ‘learn’- you should grow within a role, not already be able to do it all!
  • If you say you can do everything then they may think you’ll be bored in this role and will leave in a short space of time
  • Do highlight the areas that you do want to gain experience in, particularly for career development
  • Be able to talk through your career movements on your CV, making each move a positive one
  • If a role did not work out, be honest about why and what you have learnt. Keep to the FACTS!
  • Take an honest look at which parts of the required experience you lack
  • Plan how to address questions about how your transferable skills will allow you to make the transition into this role.
  • Don’t criticise a current or past employer, stay professional at all times
  • Now rounding off: ask your prepared questions, building up a discussion around these
  • Take in your CV and covering letter to interview – it sounds strange, but be familiar with it! Thank you your interviewers for their time and consideration
  • Be prepared for questions about your hobbies! the manager might be very interested in swordfighting/scuba diving/crocheting
  • Be yourself – if the fit is not right then it’s better to find this out now rather than pretending to be someone else
  • Finally, remember to bring your sense of humour! At the end of the day, it’s your personality that’s important for team fit
  • A few other things to think about..
  • So, some what ifs? What if I get sick? What if I’m late? What if I need to cancel? Use your common sense and communicate!
  • If you’re really sick, don’t drag yourself in, they won’t appreciate being passed on bugs
  • What if you don’t understand a question? be honest, ask them to rephase the question, and ask for time to respond
  • Have your phone charged, have taxi money, make sure you have the numbers to contact the company to apologise
  • What if you get lost: call them, they know how to locate themselves..
  • What if you go blank on your example? USE YOUR CV – look at your achievements, THERE are your examples
  • So everyone has lots of advice- follow what works for you.
  • We hope that was useful, please do email us any Q’s & sign up to our blog for details of the next one
  • For those who joined us at the end, all our tips will be published shortly on our blog
  • Subscribe to our blog as later today we’ll be posting details of a competition we’re running for five lucky people…
  • The five winners will have a chance to get some personalised interview advice through live interview videoing
  • Thanks to everyone that got involved, we’ve really enjoyed it.
  • To keep abreast of the latest publishing roles sign up to our free vacancy alerts
  • Do sign up on our website to register with us
  • Look forward to hearing from you!


Next Tweetup..Interview Tips

I hope you’re all eagerly awaiting our next tweetup..we’ll be online at noon tomorrow (14th June) for an hour to give you our top tips on interviews, key things to make sure you’re doing and a few things that you shouldn’t be doing as well..

It’s really important to make a great first impression at interview and the hiring manager will have seen an interest in you from your CV and Covering Letter so this is your chance to build on that and use this opportunity to show that you really are the right person for the job.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions by dropping us a comment on here or a DM on Twitter @Inspiredjobs – we’ll be tweeting under the hash tag #inspiredtweetup

Inspired Selection Jubilee Competition

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE COMPETITION                                                            

To be in with a chance of winning a hard-copy of the top-rated title The Diamond Queen by Andrew Marr, a fascinating book published by Pan Macmillan, please answer the following question:

–          “Which language can the Queen speak fluently, apart from English, without the need of an interpreter?”


To enter the competition please email your answer to with Jubilee Competition in the subject line, alternatively complete the form below with your answer in the ‘comment’ box:


The closing date for entries is 5pm Thursday 14th June 2012, the lucky winner will be drawn on Friday 15th June 2012.