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 press emails, on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed. Entrance is usually FREE to members, with a fee for non-members. Your membership automatically covers both 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. 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.
Sign up for the SYP Jobs Bulletin here! This is a free 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. 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.
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.
The SYP frequently secures competitive discounts for its members on training courses, subscriptions and events. Members also receive a 10% discount at Foyles bookshop when they show their membership card.
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.
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. Click here to renew via the online membership sign-up page.
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 card is for you to have a record of your membership number and expiry date. You should receive your card within 2 weeks of joining.