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At the London Book Fair in April 2018 the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) announced the launch of its Inclusivity Committee. The Inclusivity Committee’s first act has been to ask for feedback on what the society is doing right, as well as what it has been doing wrong and what needs changing. Representatives from each branch of the society – London, Oxford, the North, Scotland and Ireland – are within involved and it is coordinated by a member of the UK-wide committee. This new Committee will be overseeing all action from the SYP in order to ensure diversity and inclusivity is at the forefront of everything we do.
As part of this, the SYP are championing Inclusivity by joining the Book Job Transparency campaign (at #bookjobtransparency on Twitter). In order to support aspiring publishers making their first few steps in the industry, and those looking to make their next move up the career ladder, the SYP has introduced a new organisation-wide policy for managing its Jobs Board. The SYP require all employers listing a job on this website to provide a salary range. Significantly, we will not promote any unpaid internships lasting more than two weeks, on the website or across social media; we will continue to fight for all such placements to be paid, and will always try to use any sway we have to change the attitude of those companies that do not pay.
The Spare Room Project was set up in 2016 by James Spackman, publisher and consultant, with the support of the Publishers Association. The London-centric reality of publishing is a major barrier to aspirant publishers from outside of the capital. This project aims to remove that barrier by matching interns who live outside London, with publishers who can offer them a free spare room during their placement. By easing accommodation costs, this enables people to take up internships that would otherwise have been financially difficult. If you are in the process of organising a work placement from outside the capital, visit The Spare Room Project‘s website now to see how it could help you.
February 2021: In light of the Covid-19 crisis, SpareRoom has become virtual and is now referred to as SpareZoom. For more details, please visit here.