While our latest blogs exploring the work undertaken by MA Publishing students 2020-21 have focused on the marketing and events side of the industry, this project takes us right back to the editorial heartlands. Sometimes, publishing really is all about straightening out a text-based manuscript, and that’s exactly what students engaging with the Rights2 brief had to do.
Rights2 are consultants known throughout the publishing industry for providing advice on copyright and permissions issues. Students were provided with draft chapters from a proposed book setting out best practice in the field, and were tasked with helping the client to shape the final product.
The team, led by MA Publishing student Emma Gill and including Lucy Rouget and Charlotte Cooper, worked with the client to develop the full manuscript, including holding interviews with industry experts for the concluding chapter. The manuscript was both structurally edited and copyedited, and cover design and cover copy were supplied. Students also provided targeted research into pricing, production options and marketing opportunities. This was traditional publishing in full swing!
The team had to deal with the difficulties of remote working, as well as manage a complex delivery process and liaise with busy clients in an effective and professional way. This was no easy task but their diligence and attention to detail throughout really spoke volumes.
Lynda Cooper, Lecturer in Publishing, commented:
“The organisation that went into this project was excellent – I often think that behind every good editor is an even better spreadsheet, and the team involved here really proved my point. They had a series of complex and inter-related deadlines to deal with, and they had to adapt their plans throughout. It takes maturity, professionalism and perspective to do that successfully, and I was delighted that they managed to turn everything they’d been sent around by the end of the year – that was a significant achievement in the current climate and it’s one I know the client appreciates”.