The Organizational Structure of a Publishing House

A publishing company like anything else has a hierarchy in their organizational structure. This corporate structure includes departments and sections which perform specific responsibilities that collectively facilitate the whole process of publishing. Here’s a breakdown of the hierarchy in the firm to help us understand the organizational structure of publishing company.

The Publisher

He/she is the foreman of the company – the owner of the publishing house. This person regulates all the transactions at an executive level including the recruitment of employees, firing, fixing wages, and including significant decisions for the company. All employees, staffs, etc. work under his supervision.

The Managing Editorial team

This is the group responsible for all editorial work, including specific sections such as art, editorial, and production. However, all these sections come under two big categories:

  1. Editor in Chief

This is the position under the Publisher and is considered as the person spearheading the editing team. He is responsible for the control of the main production content and has a crucial role in budget decisions and as well as contributing in the hiring of other editors.

  1. Editors department

Second in line of the editorial team after the chief editor is the editors. This is part of the managing editorial team that is responsible for editing, and copyediting manuscripts and other publishing documents, as well as providing alternatives for writers. The editors play a significant role in finalizing books.

III. Art Department

The art department of the managing editorial team focuses on book cover designs, both interior texts, and exteriors. They design, but the sales and marketing departments make the approval of the covers. The managing editorial department head regulates the designs.

  1. Production Department

This class is responsible for the physical production of the book that includes the physical materials composing the book. Physical entities such as the method of bookbinding, paper stock, the trimming size, page signatures, page count, and so on. It is a vital role as the production scale costings of the books will have a tremendous effect on the editor’s profit-and-loss statements.

·         The Proof-reader

The proof-readers are the next in the publishing hierarchy and are responsible for proofreading. He is the one responsible for assessing the grammatical mistakes, including improving sentences syntax, determiners, vocabulary, clarity, spelling mistakes. It is a comprehensive job that requires time.

·         The Literary Agent

This is the employee who is responsible for helping the publication of literature and oversees the payment process to the writer of the books. Their job as agents is to follow up and pursue the contracts of unpublished authors. Numerous literary agents are working for publishing companies under a variety of literary genres. These agents are categorized by the genre of books they work with.

·         The Creative Experts

This is a team of individual specialized in all the necessary artistic designs and drawing.

·         The Marketing Team

This group is responsible for creating the right marketing strategies for the publishing house. Their work includes coming up with promotions and advertisements.

·         The Financers

Last but not least are the people accountable for the financial aspect of the publishing house, and they are accountants and finance experts.