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London Book Fair: How To Get Ahead in Publishing

April 15, 2013 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

London Book Fair: How To Get Ahead in Publishing

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One of the great aspects of working in publishing is the possibility to be creative with your career choices. Instead of following the traditional career ladder you can be innovative and create your own career path. Aimed at those looking for new opportunities to advance their careers, The Society of Young Publishers has gathered a range of exciting speakers with original ideas to share and inspire as you prepare to take that next step.

Conference Room 1 & 2

Neil Morrison – Group HR Director, Random House Group

After starting his working life as a lecturer in Psychology, Neil took his first role in HR management in 1996. For the next 12 years he worked in a variety of specialist and generalist HR roles in FTSE100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which latterly became Home Retail Group).
Neil joined the Random House Group in September 2008 taking responsibility for Human Resources, Learning and Development and Facilities. In November 2010 Neil was appointed to the main board.

Neil is a regular commentator on Human Resources and workplace issues and has written for a number of trade and generalist publications and websites on a range of topics.

Alastair Horne – Social Media and Community Manager

Alastair Horne has worked in digital publishing for a decade, and is currently Social Media and Community Manager at Cambridge University Press. A particular high-point of his eight years at Cambridge came during a three year spell as Innovations Manager, leading the development of an award-winning piece of educational software in collaboration with the Williams Formula One team.
He remains keenly interested in the future of the industry, speaks regularly at publishing events, including the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, and has given talks on publishing to students at numerous universities. He is the author of the Media Futures report on The Future of Publishing, writes regularly for industry blogs and journals, and is currently working on a novel inspired by a grave in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris.

Eric Huang – Director, New Business & IP Acquisitions at Penguin Books

Eric Huang is New Business/IP Acquisitions Director for the Penguin Children’s Group in London. His first ‘real job’ was as an assistant at Disney Publishing in Los Angeles where he worked for six years in a variety of editorial roles. Eric moved to Melbourne in 2001 as Managing Editor at Penguin Australia. Three years later he became Publisher at Aussie toy company Funtastic’s new book division, then moved to the UK as Head of Licensing at Parragon in Bath. Eric now lives in London and is always on the look-out for creative partnerships and co-production investments to tell stories on traditional and new media platforms.

Harriet Ash – Director of Community and Content Moderator

Harriet works for the startup company Ether Books – a global social mobile publishing platform. Ether owns and operates its Quick Publishing Platform and delivers its consumer product via Smartphone Apps. The platform has deep Facebook and Twitter integration, making the mobile reading experience social. Ether’s Recommendation Engine matches writer and reader profile data to deliver useful and relevant recommendations to the user. The platform supports ePubs, making it easy for traditional publishers to publish their first chapters or other ‘Quick Read’ content on Ether’s platform.

Having graduated from Oxford University in Classics, Harriet joined Ether in January 2012, originally as an intern, grabbing the opportunity to work with such an exciting startup with both hands. Her role has since developed into a very varied one. She is involved in content curation, social media management, writer relations, the software development process (in terms of testing) and also runs Ether’s international writing competitions.


April 15, 2013
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM