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MONDAY 9AM

conference welcome

On behalf of the whole team, SYP London Chair Elle Brenton-Rounding is delighted to welcome you to the 2020 Virtual SYP Conference. Join her as she discusses the SYP's year so far and introduces our first week-long conference!

MONDAY 12:30PM

KEYNOTE

SPEECH with Francis bickmore

Join Francis as he discusses 2020 to date, what we can learn from it and how we move forward.

MONDAY 6PM-7PM

Started from the Bottom, Now We're Here

We all know we have to start somewhere, but once you have your foot in the door, how do you get to the top of the publishing ladder? Is there a clear route or is the road a bit curvy? We have some fantastic panellists who are all directors of their respective departments to hear about their career journeys, and hopefully to inspire our own! 

CHAIR:

Carl Smith - Commissioning Editor, Severn House / SYP UK Chair

PANELLISTS:

Donna Payne - Creative Director, Faber

Elise Burns - Sales Director, Bonnier

Kate Mills - Publishing Director, HarperCollins

Polly Osborn - Marketing & Publicity Director, S&S

Sarah Walsey - Production Director, Granta

MONDAY 7PM-8PM

The Right Words on the Page: CV & Cover Letters

Whether you’re planning your career move into that perfect mid-level role or applying to your first entry-level position, you already know that your CV must be error free and your covering letter must answer the questions in the job description. What else can you do to get your application into shape before you hit ‘Send’? Our panel brings together the experts, who will share their tips and insights for putting together those oh-so-important documents before you apply for your dream publishing role.

CHAIR:

Sinead Hering - Production Controller, Hardie Grant

PANELLISTS:

Aki Schilz - Director, The Literary Consultancy

Alice Bidetti - Junior Consultant, Inspired Selection

Ben Doyle - Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic

Cassie Leung - Resourcing Advisor, PRH

Kally Simmonds - Recruitment Manager, HarperCollins

TUESDAY 12:30PM-1:30PM

Creating Community in Publishing: Innovation and Inclusion

Not sure about where to find your people in publishing? We’ve got panellists doing the good work in publishing, helping you to find your crew. With our panellists talking about the changes happening, support being offered, and initiatives being started, this panel will be both fun and informative. Our panellists are at the forefront of change and representation, building key communities within our industry, so we’re delighted to hear what they’ve been working on.

SPEAKERS:

Elevate, HarperCollins

Access Hachette 

The FLIP

Pride in Publishing

TUESDAY 6PM-7PM

Tell Your Own Story: Authentic Voices in Publishing 

How do we make sure we maintain authenticity in publishing and ensure that everyone’s stories are being told? We know that diversity is a huge issue across the publishing industry that everyone, no matter which department you work in, needs to address. Hear more about the unique challenges of ensuring inclusivity from our panellists.

CHAIR:

Sophia Blackwell, Marketing Manager at Hachette / Hachette Pride Co-Chair

PANELLISTS:

Claire Malcolm -  New Writing North

Ellie Drewry - Editorial Assistant, BBC Audio/PRH

Marianne Tatepo -  Commissioning Editor, PRH

Nancy Adimora - Talent & Audience Development Manager, HarperCollins / Founding Editor, AFREADA

TUESDAY 7PM-8PM

The Path Less Travelled: Magazines, Events, Charities & More in The Bookworld

Working in a traditional publishing house isn't the only way to enter or engage in the industry. Journals, magazines, festivals, events & reading groups all play an integral role in the publishing world. In this panel you'll meet individuals who have championed literature in its myriad forms, and discover some of the less-trodden paths that still celebrate the written word at heart.

CHAIR:

Rupert Dastur - Founder, TSS Publishing

PANELLISTS:

Caroline Hill-Trevor - Head of Book Selection & Purchasing, BookTrust

Gail Pirkis - Editor & Founder, Slightly Foxed

Josie Mitchell - Assistant Editor, Granta

Matt Abbott - Founder, Nymphs & Thugs

WEDNESDAY 12:30PM-1:30PM

INSIGHTS FROM INDEPENDENT AND UNIVERSITY PUBLISHERS

Not everything is produced by the Big Five! Independent and University Publishers are often at the forefront of change, creative development and research. These videos will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of these amazing companies shaping the future of the industry.

SPEAKERS:

Charco Press

Epigeum/OUP

Faber Factory

Scribe Publishing

WEDNESDAY 6PM-7PM

Movers and Shakers

Already working in publishing but not quite sure you are in the right department? You’re not alone! We’ve gathered a great range of panellists who have moved departments within the industry so they can tell us how and why they did it, and any challenges they faced along the way.

CHAIR:

Elle Brenton-Rounding - Senior Rights Executive, Little Tiger Group Fiction / SYP London Chair

PANELLISTS:

Ain Deheb Bensenouci - Event Programme Manager, PRH

Frances Sleigh - Senior Sales Manager, Nosy Crow

Lori Anderson - Editorial Assistant, Hachette

Melissa Okusanya - Publishing Operations Director, HarperCollins

Ronnie McMahon - Production and Operations Controller, Hachette

WEDNESDAY 7PM-8PM

PUBLISHING FOR THE WORLD

With panellists from editorial to business development, join our speakers as they discuss publishing with an international focus! Learn how we sell books round the globe through international sales, export and rights, but also how publishers acquire content with international sales in mind.

CHAIR:

Elle Brenton-Rounding - Senior Rights Executive, Little Tiger Group Fiction / SYP London Chair

PANELLISTS:

Doug Wallace - Executive Director, International Offices, Andrew Nurnberg

Hannah Paul - Associate Editor, Princeton University Press

Kate Wilson - MD, Nosy Crow

Kiyeun Baek Lee - Head of Business Development, DK

THURSDAY 12:30PM-1:30PM

CONTRACTS: A WORKSHOP FOR NON-CONTRACTS PEOPLE WITH DIANE SPIVEY

Contracts are a vital part of all areas of publishing, from editorial to design to sales, and more. They're relevant for marketing and publicity and important for agents. But do you know your recitals from your indemnities? Do you know which sub-rights you should be negotiating? Suitable for everyone, whether you're looking for your first publishing role or see contracts daily, join Diane Spivey as she walks you through how to draft a contract that works for you and give you the flexibility you need!

THURSDAY 6PM-7PM

Climbing the Ladder: Progression, Promotions and Salaries

From flexing your skills, gaining that promotion, or asking for a salary raise, this panel is for those in their first role or two looking to progress along in their career. In this panel we’ve gathered industry experts to provide their top tips and advice on how to negotiate those difficult conversations to help you climb the publishing ladder.

CHAIR:

Leodora Darlington - Commissioning Editor, Canelo

PANELLISTS:

Karine Nicpon - Lead Consultant, Atwood Tate

Raakhi Tanvi Vadera - HR Manager, Pan Macmillan

Suzy Astbury - Managing Director, Inspired Selection

THURSDAY 7PM-8PM

Let's Hear It For Audio

Let’s hear it for Audio! Audio is booming in the publishing world, so we’ve gathered some fantastic panellists to discuss the changes happening, the progress being made and the exciting new developments. Whether it’s academic or trade, editorial or publicity, there’s so much to discuss. If you’re interested in this department, then this panel will help you understand how to build a career in Audio publishing.

CHAIR:

Ellis Moore - Senior Rights & Content Manager - Bolinda

PANELLISTS:

Carla Herbertson - Head of International Audio Content, Zebrulation 

Helena Sheffield - Senior Marketing Manager, PRH Audio

Kimberley Williams - Digital & Audio Publisher, Princeton University Press

Roshni Radia - Managing Editor, BBC Audio

FRIDAY 12:30PM-1:30PM

Sparking the Conversation: A Spotlight on Dialogue Books

Dialogue Books, spearheaded by publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove, shines a spotlight on authors and stories often excluded from mainstream publishing. With a diverse cross-genre list written for, and by, members of the LGBTQ+, BAME, working class and disabled communities, join us with Sharmaine Lovegrove as she discusses their recent releases and just what it means to ‘spark the conversation’.

FRIDAY 6PM-7PM

A Book Journey

Bernardine Evaristo’s eighth novel, Girl, Woman, Other was a standout success. 

 

Join us to hear from members of the brilliant team behind this publication. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the book was put together, designed and printed and how the word was spread - this is definitely not one to miss!

Chair: 

Farzana Khan - Production Controller, Hachette Children's

SPEAKERS:

Simon Prosser – Publishing Director

Hannah Chukwu – Editorial Assistant

Anna Ridley – Communications Director

Alexia Thomaidis – Campaigns Officer

Richard Bravery – Art Director

FRIDAY 7PM

Closing SPEECH

Bookshops are the heart of our community, so with that we're going to be joined by five amazing independent bookshops for our closing speech! Listen in to learn how they've adapt, what the year has been like for them and how we can go forward with supporting our bookshops! 

SPEAKERS:

Leanne Yeomans - Through the Wardrobe Books (Mirfield, West Yorkshire)

Lali Hewitson - The Portal Bookshop (York, North Yorkshire)

Katie Clapham - Storytellers Inc. (Lytham-St-Annes, Lancashire)

Kate Longman - Shrew Books (Fowey, Cornwall)

Jim Taylor - Lighthouse Books (Edinburgh, Scotland)

FRIDAY 8:00PM

VIRTUAL NETWORKING PARTY

Grab yourself your favourite drink and join us as we celebrate the week-long SYP Virtual Conference with some online networking! Whilst we can't wait to see you all in person, we will have online software that allows for random mixing, with social media join ins too. Stay tuned!

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