Autumn 2014

SYP Annual Conference 2014: The Perfect Publisher



We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Annual SYP Conference 2014 which is being hosted by the London  committee and will be held at the London College of Communications.

This year’s theme is The Perfect Publisher and we have a whole host of interesting and inspiring speakers, beginning with a keynote  speech by Ursula Mackenzie, ceo at Little, Brown. Over the course of the day delegates will have the choice of 12 seminars on topics  ranging from the changing role of literary agents and editors, to consumer insight, branding and marketing campaigns, digital publishing, publishing entrepreneurs and the importance of bloggers and literary prizes.

There will be four streams that you can mix and match over the course of the day.

The first stream will focus on the world of Literary Agents and Editors and speakers include:

Charlie Campbell, agent at Kingsford Campbell Literary & Marketing Agents
Norah Perkins, agent at Curtis Brown
Kate Rizzo, agent at Greene & Heaton
Nick Davies, managing director at John Murray Press
Sarah Savitt, editor at Faber
Kimberly Young, editor at HarperCollins
Cathy Wells, HR director at Hachette
Sarah Juckes, communications manager at

The second stream will focus on Sales, Marketing and Consumer Insight, and speakers include:

Bethan Ferguson, marketing manager at Quercus will present the marketing campaign for LOOK WHO’S BACK by Timur Vernes
Mark Rusher, marketing director at Orion will present the marketing campaign for GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
Laura Di Giuseppe, brand manager at HarperFiction will talk about the Tolkien and Agatha Christie estates
Jo Henry, director at Nielsen Book Research
Kate Jervis, insight analyst at Penguin Random House
Damian Horner, brand development director at Hachette
Annalisa Langton, HR at the British Medical Journal
Julia Pidduck, senior digital marketing manager at Orion
Jon Slack, development manager with the Book Marketing Society and director of literary festivals

The third stream will focus on the world outside the traditional publishing paradigm, focusing on bookshops and digital publishing, and speakers include:

Sheila O’Reilly, owner of Dulwich Bookshop
Harriet Horobin-Worley, from My Independent Bookshop at Penguin Random House
Laura Macaulay, publisher and bookseller at Daunt Books
Antonia Honeywell, author and mentor at WoMentoring
Seonaid Macleod, from the Publishers Association
Tom Bonnick, digital project and marketing manager at Nosy Crow
George Walkley, head of digital at Hachette UK

The fourth and final stream will be the Big Ideas Seminars, focusing on literary prizes and reviews, entrepreneurs in publishing, and design and branding, and speakers include:

Tom Chalmers, founder of Legend Press and IPR Liccense
Matthew Young, cover designer at Penguin
Auriol Bishop, creative director at Hodder
Meryl Halls, head of membership at the Bookseller, talking about the Books are My Bag campaign
Lucy Pearson, blogger at The Unlikely Bookworm
Cathy Rentzenbrink, director of Quick Reads and deputy editor at the Bookseller
Lucy Santos, director of the Crime Writers’ Association
Anne Perry, editor at Hodder and founder of the Kitsches
Joe Cohen, ceo of Movellas

Concluding Panel: The Perfect Publisher

Sara O’Connor, fiction digital director at Hot Key Books
Jonathan Glasspool, md academic and educational at Bloomsbury
Gareth Howard, co-founder of Authoright and founder of London Author Fair

 Photos and roundups can be found here