Why you should join the SYP…  By Maria Vassilopoulos – Jobs in Books, The Bookseller

I first came into contact with The Society of Young Publishers when a colleague of mine at the publisher I worked for took me to a social. I was nearing my first 10 years working with books by that point but I could still see that it would be worth joining for the networking alone.

The next contact with the London branch of the SYP came when I took up managing Jobs in Books at The Bookseller. I got in touch via email and met with the then chair Lottie Chase. She was finishing her tenue at the top and Helen Youngs was about to take the helm. Both worked in their own time to accommodate me and The Bookseller and we gradually started working together.

Anna Cunnane is current chair for the London vein and has been, like her predecessors full of ideas, great to partner with and as with Lottie and Helen a brilliant contact for me in the future. To be chair of the SYP means to have such vigour and passion for the publishing industry that these three will no doubt go on to do many more amazing things.

For the non-London publishing community there is a Scotland and of course an Oxford branch and they are all incredibly active on social media and organising their own events throughout the year. This really is a place for those that have started out in the publishing world to make those contacts that will last them through their careers, learn via the events and conferences and most importantly be part of a community of not just publishing professionals but also book lovers, bloggers, readers, debaters and new skill learners.

They have their own industry topic-led members magazine called In Print which comes out every quarter and tackles the latest debates and issues in the wider publishing world. Every year the London branch has their swearing-in of a new committee at Stationers Hall in the City of London. Members old and new attend and it’s an evening full of celebrating the previous year and meeting the new team that will work in their own time to bring SYP members value and carry on the tradition.

If you are thinking of joining the Society of Young Publishers, it’s a very good investment and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. I will continue to support and promote events @Jobsinbooks so please follow me and get involved with upcoming events and bring your career in publishing to life.


SYP Conference 2015


Newsletter Conf Banner

We're very excited to present the SYP Conference 2015, happening 21st November 2015 in Oxford! We're looking forward to seeing all of you there.
We'll be sharing news and updates about the conference on our Conference Facebook Page, so remember to 'like' this to learn about the latest developments first!

To get these updates straight to your inbox, sign up to our conference mailing list here.

Details of how to buy tickets will be available very soon, but for now, just save the date!


IPG Spring Conference 2015


The 2015  annual IPG Spring Conference will take place from 4th - 6th March at the Heythorp Park Crowne Plaza hotel in Enstone, Oxfordshire.

The SYP have very kindly been given a free ticket for this conference from the IPG to give to one of our members who has a strong interest in social media. The winner will be required to live tweet and blog about the event so already having a Twitter account and blog is essential. The member should be based in Oxford or able to travel as accommodation is not covered. If you are interested in going to the conference please email syp.oxford.info@gmail.com

The IPG's flagship event will host a wide range of speakers across more than 25 sessions. These include Sandy Grant (of renowned non-fiction specialist Hardie Grant) who will deliver a keynote speech on the global perspective on the state of independent publishing. Academic publishers will be interested to hear that Ziyad Marar of SAGE Publications will be taking part too, sharing his thoughts on the future for the industry.

Other plenary sessions will also be hugely beneficial to independent publishers. Waterstones chief executive James Daunt, Blackwell’s managing director David Prescott, Foyles’ head of online Mark Thwaite, and representatives fromAmazon will all be taking part, and will no doubt give valuable advice on working with retailers. Phil Ollila of Ingram will add insights into supply chain innovations from the US, while Eric Huang of Made in Me provides advice on digital publishing and branding. The Conference’s closing speaker will be industry icon Peter Usborne, with some thoughts to inspire all independent publishers.

The Conference will also host a wide range of break-outs tailored to the different sectors of publishing in which IPG members operate. Short, sharp and practical-minded sessions will cover themes including marketing, advertising and opportunities for growing business via online retailers, libraries, non-traditional channels, content chunking and multimedia.

The Thursday evening of the Conference features a Gala Dinner to present the ninth IPG Independent Publishing Awards, honouring the very best companies and individuals in the sector. All three days of the event will also provide plenty of opportunities for the IPG’s renowned networking and socialising.

Full details and tickets to the Conference can be found here


Oxford University Press Job Opportunity

Web Marketing Executive

About the Role We are looking for an enthusiastic, organized self-starter with a strong technical aptitude and previous marketing experience, to join us as a Web Marketing Executive. Reporting to the Web & Direct Marketing Manager, within a team of six, you will work on a wide range of web and email marketing activities. You will be in direct contact with over 100 marketers in 6 international offices across the business, so excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential – as is an enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced environment. In partnership the marketing teams, you will bring your previous email and web marketing experience to bear on responsibilities that include:

  • executing email campaigns to hit defined targets
  • setting up discount offers, quizzes, and prize draws and keeping our websites up-to-date with meaningful content to drive sales and loyalty
  • championing best practice and administering training sessions on email and web marketing
  • reporting on the success of our email and web marketing strategy to help inform future activities

About You The ideal candidate will have proven experience in email marketing and/or in updating websites and will demonstrate -

  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • high levels of organization and reliability
  • excellent marketing copywriting skills
  • an ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • tenacity, resourcefulness, and an innovative approach
  • an eye for detail
  • an ability to learn quickly
  • excellent IT skills (incl. Microsoft Office)


  • some bookselling/publishing experience
  • some knowledge of basic HTML

Follow this link to apply now >


Marketing and Publicity Intern – Fixed Term 6 Months

Company: Zed Books
Location: London
Address: 7 Cynthia Street
City: London
Postcode: N1 9JF
Zed Books is introducing a 6 month paid internship scheme in their marketing department. The Marketing and Publicity Intern will work closely with the all members of the marketing department, supporting the team by taking on a varied and challenging array of tasks.


You will be educated to degree level, very well organised, have excellent attention to detail and have the ability to balance a varied workload. You will have a proven interest in publishing and specifically marketing and publicity, some office-based experience and a basic understanding of MS Office. An interest in Zed’s list and politics would be a distinct advantage.

About Zed Books

Zed Books is a critical and dynamic publisher, committed to increasing awareness of important international issues and to promoting diversity, alternative voices and progressive social change. We publish on politics, development, gender, the environment and economics for a global audience of students, academics, activists and general readers. Run as a co-operative, Zed Books aims to operate in an ethical and environmentally sustainable way.

Key Responsibilities

Database management
Assistance with events planning
Working on our social media platforms
Assisting with publicity mailings
Helping to prepare marketing materials
Assisting the Marketing department with administrative tasks
Internet research for a variety of marketing tasks
Additional responsibilities
Attending conferences and events as a company representative
Assisting other members of staff in the company as and when required

To download a full job profile and application pack, please visit the Zed Books website.

Fixed term contract (6 months, full-time commencing ASAP)

Send application to/For queries:


Salary: £6.31 p\h
Web link: http:/­/­zedbooks.co.uk/­about
Closing date: 28 Nov 2013


Oxford University Press Marketing Assistant Vacancy

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford, which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Global Academic publishes books, journals and digital resources for the research, professional and higher education markets.

About the Role

The Marketing Assistant provides support to the marketing team responsible for OUP's Law products. The successful candidate will assist three Marketing Executives with marketing campaigns including email marketing; designing flyers; administering review copies, attending book launches and executing various digital marketing tasks (including social media, pay-per-click, web updating and procuring blog posts and product multimedia).

The role also provides the opportunity to work across a wide variety of different product formats (including books, journals and online) in the full range of legal subjects, and different markets (including professional lawyers, academic researchers and the police). The Marketing Assistant will also be responsible for some general administrative tasks and functions.

About You

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to:
prioritize a challenging workload
work on their own initiative, and as part of a team
be self-motivated and adaptable
be creative and innovative

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent, with an understanding of, and demonstrable interest in, marketing and/ or publishing.

You should have excellent organisational and time management skills; strong written and verbal communication skills and a good level of literacy and numeracy. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new IT systems is required.

Apply for this role NOW >


Blind Poetics – 11th March, 8pm @ The Blind Poet, Edinburgh


Blind Poetics is a monthly spoken word night organised by some very dedicated, Edinburgh-based, super cool, poet-shaped volunteers. Members of the SYP Scotland committee will be going along, and would love to see you there.

This month's feature act is Kristiana Rae Colon. Kristiana is, among many other things, a poet, playwright, actor, hip-hop artist, and educator. She's been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and her short collection of poems 'Promised Instruments' was released by Northwestern University Press on January 31.

Plus, the increasingly in demand and hugely popular open mic. Book a 5 minute slot by emailing Blind Poetics at blindpoetics@gmail.com.

And, find out how you can contribute to the second edition of 'Collection', the Blind Poetics pamphlet.

This event is FREE and is hosted by Alec Beattie and Roddy Shippin.

We’re Recruiting!

If you're passionate about publishing, bursting with ideas and keen to get stuck in to Scotland's vibrant literary scene, we want you on the 2013 SYP Scotland Committee!

2012 was a great year for SYP Scotland - we hosted events ranging from film nights to bookbinding classes, from debates on the future of the graphic novel to lectures on paper electronics and conductive ink. We've raised money for The National Literacy Trust, given careers talks at Napier, and St Andrews with more university visits lined up for the spring. We're hoping that 2013 will be even bigger and better, and we need your help to make it happen!

We have three openings on the SYP Scotland committee:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Student Liaison Officer

If you're keen to get involved, please send your CV and a brief cover note stating which position you are interested in to


We'd like to receive all applications by Monday 11th of February

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2013

Recognising women’s creativity, professionalism and ambition in publishing

Now accepting submissions

Booktrust is delighted to call for submissions for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2013, the national award recognising women’s outstanding potential and previous achievements in their publishing careers.

'A prize that marks out women of potential is of vital importance in enabling young women’s careers'
- Clare Alexander
Former winner, and partner at Aitken Alexander Associates

'As well as giving me a huge boost in confidence, being shortlisted for the award helped me to gain recognition with colleagues and others in the industry'
- Lucy Cuthew
Former shortlisted candidate and freelance children's editor

The Prize is named in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press who died in 2002. She was widely regarded as a dynamic and exceptional publisher within her lifetime and served as a mentor to several people entering the industry. In keeping with her commitment to young publishers, the Prize Committee partnered with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) in 2011 to strengthen the Prize’s dedication to recognising promise among women in the industry. Booktrust has managed the Prize since its inception in 2003.

The Prize is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years.  Applicants must nominate themselves and supply two referees. Submissions are now open, with the deadline for all entries of Monday 18 February 2013.

Past winners and shortlisted candidates include women from publicity to rights, from editors to literary agents. Lynette Owen (OBE), Copyright Director of Pearson Education was the inaugural winner and Kathy Rooney, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Publishing, Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan, Penelope Hoare, Deputy Managing Director at Chatto & Windus, (although now semi-retired), Kay Peddle, Editor, The Bodley Head and Rukhsana Yasmin, Commissioning Editor, Westbourne Press have followed.  Shortlisted applicants are of the highest calibre and have included Eleanor Crawforth Editor/Sales and Marketing Manager, Carcanet Press, Bethan Jones Publicity Director Harvill Secker / Yellow Jersey Press and Donna Condon, who has recently been announced as the new Editorial Director of Harlequin.

The winner will be announced at ceremony at the Free Word Centre in Central London on Wednesday 15 May 2013 and will receive £1000, sponsored by the SYP, and a two-day training course of their choice at the PTC.  Shortlisted candidates will also receive a one-day training course courtesy of the PTC.

Please note that shortlisted candidates and the winner must be available for any media opportunities from April to June 2013.

Entry forms, Terms & Conditions and Entry Guidelines are available from the Booktrust website.

For more information about the Prize and press enquiries, please contact: ksw@booktrust.org.uk.