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Publishing MA: Who teaches this course

Experienced industry professionals and inspirational teachers

"All the teachers on the course are very knowledgeable. They've worked in the industry themselves and so they know what they're talking about. I've also enjoyed the masterclasses – we've had a lot of outside professionals come in and teach us about their careers and how they got started in publishing and where publishing's going in the future."
Lisa Winn, Publishing MA student 2010/11

You will learn from a mixture of permanent teaching staff, masterclass speakers and guest lecturers, all of whom work in the industry.

Your Kingston University lecturers have worked in publishing for over two decades. They are also experienced industry trainers and qualified higher education teachers.

Staff teaching on this course

Judith Watts

Judith WattsTitle: Course leader for the Publishing BA(Hons) and Publishing MA

Judith Watts worked for publishers large and small both on staff, for example at Routledge where her role involved product development and marketing, and in her own businesses which provide publishing and author services. She is experienced in business start-ups and worked to set up Kingston University Press, which she now manages. Judith is a published author and is trained in collections-based research. She is working towards a PhD which focuses on publishing theory, romance and material culture.

Alison Baverstock

Alison BaverstockAlison Baverstock is a former publisher, who now writes about publishing, how to get published, and marketing within the book trade.

Her How to Market Books, now in its fifth version, is often referred to as the 'bible' of book marketing. Both this and its companion volume Are Books Different? (published by Kogan Page and available in 16 languages) are used as the basis of publisher education worldwide.

Alison has also written widely about how to write and get published - Is There a Book in You? and Marketing Your Book - An Author's Guide (published by Bloomsbury) have been featured on Richard & Judy, BBC Breakfast, Open Book and Woman's Hour. Her new book, The Naked Author (also Bloomsbury) tackles the formerly vexed subject of self-publishing, which Alison believes is ripe for reappraisal.

A regular commentator in the press on book-related issues, Alison has written for The Bookseller, Mslexia and has a regular column in Writer's Forum. She has also contributed to the past eight editions of The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.

Alison speaks regularly at conferences for writers and publishers and at many literary festivals. She has run seminars for The Society of Authors on how to best work with agents and publishers, and trained generations of publishers to promote books and writing. In 2007 she received the prestigious Pandora Award, presented annually to a woman who has made a valuable contribution to the publishing industry.

Alison leads the module SHARE: Strategic Marketing and Sales, as well as managing the Publishing Dissertation component of the MA.

Emma Tait

Emma Tait is a freelance editor and project manager with a wealth of experience commissioning commercial non-fiction, especially multi-platform licensed brands. A former publisher at Headline (Hachette), she has also worked at Boxtree and Channel 4 Books (Macmillan), Pavillion Books and BBC Books. Currently project managing the latest tie-in to Downton Abbey, two of her final acquisitions for Headline were David Suchet's Poirot and Me, and Pam St Clement's The End of an Earring.

Emma is module leader on Create: The Business of Publishing. 

Guest lecturers and masterclass speakers

You will have the opportunity to learn from a range of guest lecturers and masterclass speakers throughout the course. Recent contributors include:

  • Peter Ashman, Publishing Director, British Medical Journal Group
  • John Blake, Managing Director, John Blake Publishing
  • Aimie Bush, Production, Random House 
  • Jill Coleman, Group Managing Director, Little Tiger Press
  • Andrew Crofts, author of Ghostwriting and The Freelance Writer's Handbook
  • Philip Downer, Front of Store and former CEO of Borders
  • Ruani de Silva, Publicity Manager, Zed Books
  • Richard Duguid, Editorial Manager, Penguin Press 
  • Kjell Eldor, Publishing Manager, Blackwell's
  • Liz Gooster, Editor-at-large, Kogan Page
  • Clare Hodder, Rights Director, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Patrick Keogh, Guardian Masterclasses
  • Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, Sage Publications
  • Elaine McQuade, Marketing and Publicity Director, Oxford University Press Children's Books
  • Tony Mulliken, Chairman, Midas PR
  • Wendy Perriam, author of Broken Places and Tread Softly
  • Jon Reed, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Talk
  • Nick Robinson, Sales Director, Vintage Books 
  • Rebecca Smart, CEO, Osprey Group
  • Diane Spivey, Rights Director, Little, Brown
  • John B Thompson, Professor Sociology, University of Cambridge and author of Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century
  • Natasha Waterson, Digital Media Producer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Kate Wilson, Managing Director, Nosy Crow

Find out more about our masterclasses and our industry links.

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