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The different roles in publishing

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To those outside of the industry, publishing can often seem rather daunting. To some, it might only appear to be an editorial team who manages to create books out of seemingly nothing and sell them. To others, it might seem like an odd machine that they can never understand. But, like every industry, there is a reality to publishing that is neither of those things.

There are several departments within a publishing house: editorial, publicity, marketing, production, design, sales, rights, and finance. And each one of them contributes to the publication and success of a book in different ways.

It’s important to note that some of the smaller publishing houses might not have some of these departments, and that larger publishing houses might have more (such as a department wholly dedicated to social media). But overall, this is what the basis of a publishing house looks like.

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