10 Tips for #SYPCONF16

Posted on November 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


If you’ve been to any of our events recently, or follow us on social media then you will have seen (or heard) us talk a lot about #sypconf16 – our upcoming, annual Autumn conference, taking place in London on Saturday 26th November.

This is the highlight in our events calendar and this year’s conference is now only a few short weeks away! We’re looking forward to an exciting event and want you to have a great time with us. To help you get the most out of the day, we’ve put together a list of handy tips for both conference newbies and seasoned regulars.


You don’t need to be an SYP member to attend the conference

While conference members get the benefit of attending at a discounted rate, non-members are of course more than welcome to join us, regardless of whether you already work in publishing, are looking to get into it, or haven’t quite made up your mind yet. Attending the conference is a great opportunity to learn about the industry, meet other young professionals, and get advice on the job-hunting and career progression process.

If you’ve been considering joining the SYP for a while, then why not take advantage of our combined conference ticket + membership offer and get both for only £40 (£60). You can find more details about membership benefits here.


Get your ticket by Friday 11th November

There is a special reward for all those keen early birds among you who buy their conference tickets before 11/11. You’ll have the chance to win a signed copy of the latest Man Booker Prize winner The Sellout by Paul Beatty. The lucky winner will be chosen at the end of the conference.

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Don’t worry about coming by yourself

You’d quite like to attend but are a bit unsure because you don’t know any fellow SYPers yet? Please don’t worry. From experience we know that plenty of people come on their own every year and are only too happy to meet and mingle with other publishing enthusiasts. If you would like to find other “single” conference goers to meet up with in the morning, you can reach out online using #SYPConfBuddies. Alternatively, why not come to our Autumn Social on Wednesday 9th November at the Punch Tavern on Fleet Street and meet people there.


Arrive early

It’ll be a day jam-packed with panels and we’ll be kicking things off at 9:30am. Registration starts from 8:45am onwards and while we absolutely see the appeal of an extra 15 minutes in bed, we encourage you to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to register, collect your delegate bag (goodies!), plan your day and get chatting to your fellow conference goers.

This year, for the first time, we are excited to also have exhibitors with us, ranging from recruiters and career consultants to unions and book trade-related societies and charities. Take advantage of break times to check them out. Keep your eyes on our Twitter for more details about this.


Come prepared

If you’ve followed our Twitter announcements, then you will already know that there’ll be a diverse line up of speakers from all areas of the publishing industry and book trade – Sam Missingham, Catherine Burke,  Jonny Geller (if you haven’t yet seen his fantastic Tedx talk, check it out here), Karen Sullivan, Joanna Swainson, and David Shelley – just to name a few.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions on each panel and our speakers are keen to hear your questions and thoughts, so do think about what you would like to get out of each session that you’re planning to attend in advance and come prepared with questions.


The choice is all yours

Bestsellers are a monumental topic that we could (and happily would) spend days talking about. To keep things straightforward, we’ve grouped all sessions into four streams to broadly categorise them. This is just for guidance and you don’t need to stick to a single one. You’re welcome to switch between streams throughout the day. Please just be aware that all seminars will be filled on a first come first serve basis and that you may need a backup plan in case certain sessions turn out to be particularly popular.


Don’t worry about missing out

You can’t decide which panels to attend? As a time-turner is unfortunately not an option (just yet – we remain hopeful), we will be live-tweeting each session under separate hashtags so that you can catch up on all seminars afterwards.


Get involved

This conference is for you and we are really keen to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share your comments, questions, and pictures on social media using the hashtag #sypconf16. Conference selfies are strongly encouraged.


Don’t worry about going hungry

Tea/coffee and a sandwich lunch will be provided. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.


Continue the fun after hours

This wouldn’t be a true publishing event if it didn’t involve wine. Join us for well-deserved post-conference drinks and general merriment at the Grand Union in Kennington, a short 10-minute walk away from the LCC (111 Kennington Rd, Kennington, London SE11 6SF – nearest Tube stations: Elephant & Castle/Waterloo, nearest buses: 3, 59, 159, 334, 360).



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