SYP Annual Conference 2015 in Oxford (save the date!) and other publishing events to put in your diary

Greetings, SYPeeps and welcome to another edition of the Oxford Comma! Autumn is well and truly upon us but fear not, we have a whole host of events to see you through the coming months and distract you from the dismal weather. Most importantly, September sees the launch of the annual SYP Conference, hosted this year by SYP Oxford! During the next few months, we will be sharing more information about this exciting event, but for now, just save the date: 21st November 2015


SYP Conference 2015
We are pleased to announce the SYP Oxford Conference 2015

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Saturday 21st November, Oxford Brookes University
To stay up to date with the latest conference-related developments, sign up to our conference mailing list and keep checking the conference page on our website. And remember to 'like' our SYP Conference Oxford Facebook page as we'll be sharing the conference news and updates on there too!

One of our key conference sponsors is Inspired Selection - a leading publishing recruitment agency, based in Oxford and London, recruiting for the industry since 1999. They will be bringing to the conference a team of specialist recruiters who help entry level candidates and second job moves to find their perfect role in Publishing. To find out more about them, read on for our interview with their Managing Director, Suzy Astbury.
Suzy Astbury, MD, Inspired Selection
What was your path into recruitment?
I was working in a Foreign Rights role in trade publishing, having a wonderful time travelling all over Europe and attending the book fairs. I had two office administrators to manage in my role and when one of them got snapped up as the new Editorial Assistant in Adults Editorial (the dream job) then it meant that I would need to recruit a replacement. I realised how much I loved recruiting new people into their first jobs in publishing, but this was only a tiny bit of my role so when an opportunity came up for me to recruit for publishers across all sectors, I simply couldn’t resist and as it turned out – My dream job!Read more
Upcoming events
We've had a great event-filled summer, starting with our Summer Book Swap where we all picked up some new reading recommendations, followed by our event on freelancing and finishing off with our pub social - a chance for SYP members to meet in a relaxed setting.

And here's what we have coming up...

September Book Club

When and where: Tuesday 8th September, 6.30pm at Jericho Tavern
We're reading: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Read more here!


This newsletter will feature a Q&A with an established publishing professional to give those who have just started their careers (or studies!) something to aspire to. After SYP's tour of Acorn Press in May, we interview their Sales Director.
Mark Clarke, Sales Director, Acorn Press

How did you get into your current role?

I left school at the age of 16 (1987) and had my place booked at the local sixth form college to do A-levels. A few weeks before I was due to start, I decided to look for a job at the local careers centre and was interviewed at Acorn Press for a production assistant role. 28 years later – I’m still here!

Read more

Other publishing events in Oxford


Thursday 24th September - 6.30pm

Our friends at BookMachine will celebrate their 5th birthday on 24th September and will be hosting simultaneous events in Oxford, London, Cambridge and New York. The first 3 SYP members to register for the event using the code BMOXFORDSYP will receive FREE ENTRY. Don't miss out, register here!


Hello me, it's you
What would you say to your sixteen year old self? An Oxford Brookes student is compiling a book of letters by young people to their sixteen year old selves, intended to tackle the stigma around mental health. Read more and submit your letter here!