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Book Pitch Doctor Masterclass

May 5, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Although times are tough for everyone right now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to develop the skills needed to succeed in the publishing industry. As an organisation we want to be at the forefront of providing these chances.

That is why SYP members are being offered an exclusive training opportunity. In conjunction with the SYP, James Spackman will be hosting a Book Pitch Doctor Masterclass to raise funds for The Book Trade Charity, The Trussell Trust and Central London Samaritans.

James Spackman is a publisher and consultant as well as a freelancer in marketing, presentation and strategy with over 20 years’ worth of experience. He has a cycling imprint, Pursuit, that is part of Profile Books. He regularly speaks at publishing conferences on trade marketing, cover copy and Reader Experience among other topics. In 2016 James founded the Spare Room Project to help non-Londoners make a start in publishing and find accommodation during work placements.

Up to 30 SYP members will be given free entry to a 90 minute webinar at 4pm on Tuesday 5 May. The webinar is aimed at developing participants’ skill and confidence at pitching books – a vital skill in publishing at every level and across multiple departments.

James and the SYP will be seeking sponsorship of places on the webinar, at £50 each, from publishing firms and other book trade bodies. (If you or your company would like to sponsor a place for a young publisher, please contact James directly at for more information.)

Whether you are a new SYP member or a long-time one, you are eligible to participate. To register your interest in taking part, look out for an email that provides a link to enter a prize draw. Please be aware you need to enter your name and email address by midnight on Sunday 3 May.

A random prize draw will then take place the following morning to select those taking part, and those offered places will be notified by email as soon as possible. Please only enter the draw if you will be able to take part to ensure others don’t miss out.

If you are not an SYP member, if you become one over the next few days you will have the chance to enter the draw. To find out how to become a member, click this link.

Best wishes,
All of those at the SYP


May 5, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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