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Career Café: Editorial

June 18, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Free – $3.00

Join us on the 18th June at 6pm on Zoom for our first Career Café event which is all about Editorial! Our fantastic panel will be answering all your questions about this department and we’ll have something for everyone. Whether you want to know how our panel got into their careers, or you’re in editorial yourself and want to connect with other professionals, we’ll cover a broad range! Our panel will discuss anything from how they started, what’s currently working for them, what you could be doing differently in your career or advice on COVID-19 challenges. Chaired by our very own Co-Head of Events, Omara Elling-Hwang, come and join us for a fun, engaging and helpful chat about your career.

Send us in your questions beforehand, either directly to our Twitter page or via email to Tweet your thoughts during the event using the hashtag #SYPCareerCafe. Zoom details will be emailed to all participants nearer the time. 

This is part of our new series of events, so keep an eye out for announcements about our further panels, which will cover a broad range of departments. 


Katie Loughnane is a Commissioning Editor with 7 years of publishing experience, having started her career at Penguin Random House in International Sales before moving across to Cornerstone in 2015 as Editorial Assistant, then Editor. In 2017 she joined Avon, HarperCollins, where she’s lucky enough to work across a wide range of commercial fiction.

Mo Hafeez is an editorial assistant at Faber & Faber, working primarily on their non-fiction and Faber Social lists. Prior to this he was a Creative Access publishing trainee at Granta Books for six months, sponsored by the Mo Siewscharran Fund, where he aided the editorial department and became a submissions reader for Granta.

Carl’s first job in the publishing industry was for a publisher of financial investment advice in a Compliance Editorial department. Despite having no prior background in economics, he spent three years with the company that included time managing the company’s editorial and marketing schedules. From there he moved into a Marketing Executive role at the non-fiction trade publisher Carlton Books before returning to editing with the Severn House, a publisher of commercial fiction. With Severn House, Carl now commissions mysteries, thrillers and SFF. Carl runs the blog and Twitter account @thatpubblogger with the aim of helping others break into the industry, and is also the Chair of the Society of Young Publishers.

Jade Grogan got her first job in publishing working on HSS journals as a publishing assistant at Wiley, before moving into books at SAGE Publishing where she worked first as editorial assistant and later as assistant editor. She currently works in Bloomsbury’s academic division on the Philosophy list, developing digital resources and commissioning a range of scholarly books across the discipline.


Omara Elling-Hwang is an Editorial Assistant at HarperCollins working on the NonFiction Gift & IP list. She is also the Co-Head of Events for SYP London this year. Prior to this, she was on the BAME Traineeship at HarperCollins completing rotations in different Editorial departments and Communications.

This event is FREE for SYP members and £3 for non-members.


June 18, 2020
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Free – $3.00
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