Greetings, SYPeeps and welcome to another edition of the Oxford Comma!
With the SYP Conference on the horizon, we are getting rather excited for the big day on 21st November. Hands up who's already got tickets?! If you haven't, don't miss out! And read on for a very special conference-related announcement below...
In the lead-up to the big day, we've got some great events in store, including one for all of you budding literary agents. Read on for more details.


SYP Conference 2015

Saturday 21st November, Oxford Brookes University
We are oh-so-excited to welcome you all to Oxford for the SYP Conference in November. Just under a month to go until the big day. If you still haven't got your tickets yet, then what are you waiting for?
Here's just a few reasons why you should:
  • The SYP Conference is one of the most affordable conferences in the publishing calendar.
  • We have a stellar line-up of inspirational speakers hailing from all corners of the publishing industry who will be sharing their wealth of experience.
  • It's a chance to meet and network with like-minded people, as well as established industry figures - who knows, you might meet someone who will give your career a push in the right direction!
For updates on the conference as they happen, sign up to our mailing list. And for details of confirmed speakers, don't forget to check out the SYP Conference Oxford Facebook page 
And if that's not enough to tempt you, how about a conference after party?
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We are delighted to announce Jobs in Books as one of our key conference sponsors.
Jobs in Books is part of the Bookseller, and is the UK's biggest publishing job board.
Jobs in Books will be sponsoring our conference afterparty at the Jam Factory!

Upcoming events
This September we welcome the new Oxford Brookes Publishing MAs to the city of dreaming spires and gave them their first taster of SYP events. Our first fresher's week event was our Networking Masterclass with Atwood Tate and IPG. This was followed by our  Pub-lash-ing Pub Crawl as our freshers sampled some of Oxford's best pubs.
Then we travelled back to the Roaring Twenties with our Gatsby-themed Murder Mystery.

And here's what we have coming up...

This month, we interview Alice Geary and Jenny Banks, SYP Oxford Speaker Events Coordinators, for an insight into their role on the SYP Committee!
Alice Geary and Jenny Banks
SYP Oxford Speaker Event Coordinators

1- What does your role within the SYP Committee involve?

As speaker event coordinators, our role is to organise events throughout the year to talk about the latest trends, developments and debates in the publishing world, as well as to help students and young people progress in the industry. We host events with speakers from across all aspects of publishing for SYP members to learn more about the ever-changing publishing industry. Events are topical and increasingly pertinent, like Open Access and freelancing, but we also like to think outside the box and explore areas of publishing that receive less coverage, such as our event on comics and graphic novels. We also like to mix up the form our events take so all attendees can make the most of the evening, be it panel talk, networking, or debates. Our role involves booking venues, reaching out to industry experts, briefing speakers on how the event will run and writing copy for our marketing team.

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