Q&A with Jenny Redhead

Jenny Redhead, SYP Oxford 2014 Co-Chair and International Rights Assistant at Princeton University Press


What are your most memorable moments from your 2 1/2 years on the committee?

It’s perhaps a sign of how fantastic SYP events are, that there have been quite a few outstanding moments for me, and I’d happily wile away the hours reminiscing with anyone who willing to listen. Fear not, SYPeeps, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

The SYP Annual Conference, hosted by Oxford in 2013 was a really significant moment for me. The energy was amazing, the atmosphere electric; we had some of the brightest minds in publishing delivering thought-provoking and inspiring presentations to the next generation of publishers. The best thing is that a small committee of dedicated volunteers puts the conference together, proving that in some ways publishing really is a labour of love!


What will you miss most about being part of the SYP committee?

There will be an SYP shaped void (much like a giant wine bottle) in my life for sure. I’ll miss working with such a great bunch of people, who have become my very good friends. The buzz and pressure of putting on an event with the team, and watching it become a success is such a great feeling. Being part of the SYP has given me a lot of confidence, skills, and opportunities so I feel like I owe the SYP a debt of gratitude


What is the biggest challenge you have faced as co-chair?

I wouldn’t say that I’m gifted with the natural confidence of a team leader, so I’ve definitely been out of my comfort zone. Luckily I’ve had the fantastic Sara Gardiner as co-chair and a great team to work with. I’ve found that it’s better to just be yourself, listen to the people you work with, and have lots of fun along the way.


What would you say to others looking to get involved in the Society of Young Publishers? 

If you’re passionate about publishing and really want to get involved in the publishing community, then drop us a line! It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in teamwork, marketing, social media, events planning, plus you’ll meet lovely like-minded people to chat all things publishing with. The brand new 2015 committee will also have the honour of running the SYP Annual Conference, so it’s a great time to get involved.