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. We have five branches of the SYP – London, Oxford, North, Scotland and Ireland – 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 five regional committees, and one national committee, 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.
Prices (for 12 months’ membership)
Standard (employed) membership: £30
Student membership: £24
Unwaged membership: £24
The easiest way to join is through our online membership sign-up page.
What you get when you join the SYP
For just £30 annual subscription (£24 for students or unwaged), UK members will get a package of:
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 events emails and branch-specific Facebook pages. Entrance is usually free to members, with a fee for non-members. Your membership automatically covers meetings in all UK regions.
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. All members are welcome to contribute articles or get involved with the running of the magazine.
PressForward 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.
This is a free service available to members. We receive regular notice of vacancies, often before they are advertised, which we forward on to those members who have signed up to the Bulletin. Contact the Jobs Co-ordinator to notify us of a forthcoming position in your company. Please note that as we are not an employment agency and so we do not guarantee any level of response nor do we vet applicants or potential employers.
The SYP frequently secures competitive discounts for its members on training courses, subscriptions and events.
The SYP organises two annual all-day conferences involving lectures and workshops run by senior industry figures on various aspects and skills relevant to working in publishing. The Spring conference takes place in Edinburgh every March, and the Autumn conference normally takes place in November and alternates between Oxford and London. The 2017 Autumn conference will be held in Oxford.There is a fee for this event, but SYP members are entitled to a discount.
The SYP is forever expanding its activities and services: we hold regular social events, many of our events offer careers advice, and we endeavour to form links and partnerships with other publishing organisations. We are always looking to broaden our services to members and welcome any ideas or assistance.
Renewing your Membership
You will receive a reminder email 30 days before your membership expires. Please keep an eye out for this reminder, and if you wish to renew do so online before your membership runs out in order not to miss out on any exciting SYP news, jobs or events. Renew your membership via the online membership sign-up page.
Digital Membership Cards
One of the most frequently asked questions regarding membership is: ‘Do I need my membership card to get into events?’ The answer is no. If you have registered for an event, you will be on the list at the door. The purpose of the digital membership card is for you to have a record of your membership number and expiry date. You should receive your PDF 'card' within 2 weeks of joining.