Although we are a wee company, we try and support those who are just starting out in their publishing career whenever we can and offer work experience to students. For the past ten weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of having Emma in our busy but friendly office. She has been helping with both marketing and editorial tasks and has been getting a flavour of what it is like to work in the book industry.
What’s not changing at the moment? The world seems to be in a state of flux. Zoom right in on Scottish education and it is a similar picture. Teacher workloads and salaries are often in the spotlight, the introduction of primary testing is a hot topic and the challenges around increasing attainment are never far from the headlines either. It can be quite hard to keep up with it all.
2018 marks our tenth year of Bright Red Publishing and we are so thrilled to be recognised as a company that produces high quality, effective Study Guides with Scottish students and teachers at the heart of everything we do. The last ten years have been challenging amidst many qualifications changes but also incredibly rewarding and we are delighted to have sold our one millionth book this year! Of course, none of this would be possible without our loyal authors and suppliers, as well as the incredible support of parents, teachers and students. Although the Bright Red team itself is made up of six people, we have a network of people who help us get our books to press and out into the world – from our wonderful authors, to printers, typesetters, reviewers, booksellers and so on.
It’s been just under a year since I followed my heart up to Scotland and left behind my home of twenty-something years in Surrey and working life in London. I swapped my daily train commute for a short walk through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and life in a huge corporation to one in an independent company. I moved house, companies and countries in the space of one weekend, which looking back was madness, but at the time seemed the most logical thing to do – to immerse myself in my new life up in Scotland.
We are a small, but perfectly formed, team of six and we manage every part of our publishing process from right here in Scotland. We have a wee office in Edinburgh where all the commissioning, editing, publishing, and marketing takes place and a warehouse in beautiful Fife.