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Home Fest: Round up of the best online literary festivals

Posted on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

From queuing for our weekly food shop (stepping back from that person in front of you who claims they have hay fever… just in case) to completing an entire week …

Publishing in a Pandemic: Job Hunting

Posted on May 20, 2020 in Oxford

The world has seen huge changes in the last few months, and publishing has swiftly adapted to the challenges coronavirus has created. However difficult, it is vital to be realistic …

SYP Scotland: What We’re Reading in Lockdown Part 2

Posted on May 7, 2020 in News & Reviews

Following Monday’s post, our conference committee continues to tell us what, and how, they’re reading in lockdown.   Sonali Misra, Co-chair When I first went to university to study English …

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How we got started in publishing pt.1

Posted on May 6, 2020 in UK

Many of us have found ourselves with more time to think recently, so over the next few months we’ll be bringing you some personal stories from our committee members about …

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How to finesse your pitch, with the Book Pitch Doctor

Posted on May 6, 2020 in UK

Racing heart, shaky hands, a not so discreet blush. “Doctor, doctor I think I have a case of Public Speaking-itus.” “Ah”, said the Doctor knowingly, “I’ve seen these symptoms before.” …

SYP Scotland: What We’re Reading in Lockdown

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Scotland

The pandemic and its accompanying lockdown have affected our lives in various ways. When things started to shift, each of us found ourselves adapting to the new normal. Some found …

Publishing career advice from SYP Oxford

Posted on April 29, 2020 in Oxford

SYP Oxford recently ran a Q&A on Twitter, answering your questions about working the publishing industry! Here are some of our best bits of careers advice, distilled into a single …

A Statement from The Society of Young Publishers

Posted on April 5, 2020 in UK

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), The Society of Young Publishers has taken the decision to cancel all upcoming in-person events. As announced by our Scotland branch yesterday, …

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2020 Trailblazer Awards

Posted on April 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

Since 2016, the Trailblazer Awards have celebrated publishing professionals under the age of 30 who have demonstrated ambition, innovation and creativity in the book industry. The 2020 winners — Beth …

5 Top Tips for Authors Seeking Agent Representation

Posted on March 9, 2020 in Oxford

So your novel is finished. Nowadays submitting your work to a literary agency is as easy as dispatching an email – gone are the days of manuscripts tucked in white …


Print Futures Awards 2020

Posted on March 7, 2020 in Uncategorized

  We’ve got a great opportunity for aspiring professionals who want to get in or get on in publishing! Applications for the annual Print Futures Awards are now open. The …


Career changers, risk takers, mould breakers: the value of different backgrounds in publishing

Posted on March 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

After trying out a blind application process, 7 out of our 15 UK committee members don’t work in the publishing industry. Why do we think this is a positive move? …