What is the Society of Young Publishers?

Established in 1949, the Society of Young Publishers is open to anyone in publishing or a related trade (in any capacity) – or who is hoping to be soon. Originally aimed at the 18-35 age bracket, we realised that many people are looking to change careers at any stage of life. As such, anyone interested in or working in the publishing industry is welcome to join the Society. The only exception is that those who have been in the industry for more than 10 years are not able to stand on the committee. For more details of the way we run, please view our constitution. We have four branches of the SYP – London, Oxford, North/Midlands and Scotland – each offering all the services and opportunities outlined below. You can use the tabs above to see what is going on in each of the regional branches.

The Society of Young Publishers is a voluntary organisation and is run by the four regional committees of dedicated volunteers who give up their spare time to help others take their first steps into the industry and progress within it. All members are particularly encouraged to join the committee or become otherwise involved in the running of the society. Getting involved is the best way to make new friends, meet new contacts and increase your skill set for getting into, and progressing in, the publishing industry. Back to top

How much does it cost to join?

£30 annual subscription (£24 for students or unwaged) for individual membership. Back to top

What do I get when I join?

Speaker Meetings

Every month, or every two months in some regions, the SYP discusses a topic of relevance to the current publishing scene. Past topics have included marketing, internet bookselling, literary agents, commissioning, editorial roles, selling rights, children's book publishing, production, publicity and the evolution of digital publishing. Guest speakers are drawn from a wide background and we try to balance the meetings so that different opinions are represented. Check the website regularly for details of forthcoming events, also detailed in our press emails and on our Facebook page. Entrance is usually FREE to members, with a fee for non-members. Your membership automatically covers both meetings in all UK regions.

Social Events

The SYP organises regular social events which are attended by people with a range of experience and backgrounds. Previous social events have included visits to book-related exhibitions, literary pub crawls, and Stand Up for Books, with literary performances from well-known and up-and-coming authors. These events are the ideal opportunity to make new contacts in the industry, learn about other people’s roles and how they got there, and explore your publishing-related interests with fellow aficionados.


The SYP's magazine (3–4 issues a year), mailed free to members, keeps you up to date with SYP activities and what's going on in the rest of publishing. InPrint provides a selection of articles, guest interviews and reports, and acts as a platform for the interchange of opinion and ideas. Click here to browse our online archive of back print issues. All members are welcome to contribute articles or get involved with the running of the magazine.


InDigital is the SYP blog, featuring write-ups and reviews of publishing events, interviews with key figures in the industry, and all the news on what the SYP has coming up soon.

Jobs Database

Sign up for the SYP Jobs Bulletin! This is a free service available to members that can be enabled via your [profile]profile page[/profile]. We receive regular notice of situations vacant, often before they are advertised, which we forward on to those members who have signed up to the Bulletin. Contact the Jobs Bulletin Co-ordinator to notify us of a forthcoming position in your company. Please note that as we are not an employment agency we do not guarantee any level of response nor do we vet applicants or potential employers.

Press Emails

Sign up to our regional press emails to receive regular reminders and updated details of all forthcoming SYP events, any other SYP news, and a heads-up on other book-ish events going on across the UK.

Trade Discounts

The SYP frequently secures competitive discounts for its members on training courses, subscriptions and events – up-to-date discounts can be found on the offers page. Members also receive a 10% discount at Foyles bookshop when they show their membership card.

Annual Conference

The SYP organises an annual all-day conference involving lectures and workshops run by senior industry figures on various aspects and skills relevant to working in publishing. This normally takes place in November. There is a fee for this event, but SYP members are entitled to a discount. Back to top

I'm looking for a job in publishing, but I don't know where to begin. Can you help?

Yes, we can. Check out our guide to getting into publishing. In addition to this, you can [profile]sign up[/profile] for the SYP Jobs Bulletin! This is a service available to members. We receive regular notice of situations vacant, often before they are advertised, which we forward on to those members who have signed up to the Bulletin. Please note that as we are not an employment agency, we do not guarantee any level of response nor do we vet applicants or potential employers. The SYP also holds regular career clinics, including at our November conference. Back to top

Do you have a forum?

There is no SYP forum on the website, but you can now keep up with committee and other SYP members and suggest future speaker meetings, events and ideas on the Facebook and Twitter pages. Back to top

I don't know what my password is.

Don't worry – just go to the [login]sign-in page[/login] and click Lost Password. You will be sent a temporary new password. You can then log in, and will be able to change it to something more memorable. Back to top

How do I know which email address I registered with?

Your registered email will be the email to which you receive items like the jobs bulletin and email updates. If you are not receiving these it could be because the email address we have for you has been misentered on our system. Please contact our membership secretary via the contact form and we will check this for you. Back to top

I want to change my email address - can I do this?

Of course! Once you're logged in, you can change your email address (and any other contact details) in the [profile]Profile page[/profile]. Your password will remain the same; you simply have to enter the new email address next time you log in. Back to top

I've registered online, but I haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do?

Occasionally there might be a blip in the registration system with your confirmation email ending up in your spam or not being delivered. Please make sure you are checking the email account for the email address you entered at registration, and have a look in your Spam/Junk box if the email doesn’t show up within two hours. If you still haven’t received the email, please contact our membership secretary via the contact form. He/she will be able to confirm your membership and issue you with the temporary password needed to log in for the first time. Back to top