The annual Independent Publisher Conference and Awards Ceremony 2017. We are very proud to be sponsoring the event and hope to see you there!
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We’re very excited to be attending the PPA IPN Conference & Awards on 28th November – all the details about the day can be found here: http://www.ppa.co.uk/events/ipn2017
Karine and Kellie will be attending the morning conference which is always hugely informative with a great line up of talks including key industry trends, events, GDPR, developing subscriptions and media models of the future. We’re looking forward to the round table – we’ll be hosting the one focussed on Talent (we do know a thing or 2 about this!).
Good luck to all the nominees – for a full list of the Awards and all those shortlisted check out: http://www.ppa.co.uk/en/Events/IPN2017/Awards We’re pleased to be sponsoring the award for Editor of the Year!
Here at Atwood Tate, we work closely with many independent publishers across a wide range of markets and sectors. Coming from publishing backgrounds ourselves, we understand the culture and ethos of all our clients – one of our favourite parts of the job is getting to know people and building lasting relationships. That and of course working with our candidates to help them find the right job and develop their careers.
We hope to see you at the conference and awards and do get in touch if you have any Talent / recruitment queries in the meantime.
Karine Nicpon, Lead Consultant
t: 020 7034 7905
On 10th May two of our consultants, Helen and Lucy, will be attending the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2017 ceremony.
The Prize, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing, is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. Founded in 2003, the Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn, who was Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and who died in 2002 at the age of 45. The Prize is run in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) and the Publishing Training Centre (PTC). The winner of the Prize receives £1000, sponsored by the SYP, and a two-day training course of their choice at the PTC. Shortlisted candidates also receive a one-day training course courtesy of the PTC and a book token courtesy of National Book Tokens.
The keynote speaker for this years event is Mary Beard. It is a set to be a fantastic evening and we can’t wait to attend and see who wins!
You can more about the prize and this years shortlist here.
Common Symptom #2: Networking
Speak Softly and Carry a Big Book
You’re at a fancy venue. You have a glass of wine in your hand, maybe some food or maybe only the fond memory of food at this point, you’ve been standing here so long, watching, waiting, trying to find an in, an opening, a shot – that’s right, you’re networking.
Networking in publishing can be a fairly daunting prospect, especially for young graduates. It’s difficult to be assertive when you don’t claim to be an expert on anything this early in your career. And if you’re quiet and retiring, you’re not exactly going to make a lasting impression. But it’s a worthwhile endeavour so it’s important to try.
As we’ve previously covered in our work experience blog, publishing is a saturated market so you will always have to run a little faster, climb a little higher, work just that little bit harder, to make any headway. It can be bitter pill to swallow but it comes back to how badly you want it.
The important thing to remember is that, believe it or not, networking in the publishing world can actually be quite fun! It’s a chance to mingle with like-minded people who know your struggle and are usually quite helpful in offering advice or tips. A memorable conversation can go a long way. What starts as an observation about the venue or your journey there can lead to suggestions and introductions you could not have come across in any online search you might try. Take a business card, take two! Take as many as you can until you have a winning hand. And if you have your own cards, even better.
There are great events happening all the time, from Christmas parties to pub quizzes, hosted by a variety of societies and institutes, all of them masters at bringing people together for a night of fun and games while also creating an ideal space for networking.
And don’t worry, if networking doesn’t come naturally to you, remember that, like everything it gets easier the more you do it. You don’t need to own the room, you can be yourself and let your passion show through. Think of talking points in advance to help break the ice, familiarise yourself with publishers and who their authors are so you can show you know their company and what they’re about.
Next step? Sign up to newsletters, check out websites like the SYP, Bookseller, BookMachine, then pencil in some dates – who knows, it’s possible you could bump into one of our staff making the rounds and we might be just the person who can help you!
Three weeks ago Claire and I attended the annual ALPSP conference, which brings together a large number of scholarly and professional publishing professionals from across the UK and overseas. The conference was hosted over three days (14-16th September) and delegates were treated to a packed schedule of presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities.
The key discussion points at the conference were:
- The disruption caused by digital developments, which affect the publishing industry as a whole, and how companies can future proof their brands and products. We should let technology lead, not disrupt.
- Metrics and the ever-expanding range available. How can Metrics be used to measure publication performance as well as other research outputs and activities. What is the future of research evaluation?
- The evolution of peer review and its relevance today. How can peer review be used effectively in different communities, if at all. How is peer review used outside of scientific publications and what specifics should it address.
- The data revolution and the implications this has. Publishers can’t solely be content businesses. They need to be innovative and become technology companies to stay relevant.
On the second night of the conference the ALPSP Awards were hosted. The Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing was given to Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement and Support at ORCID. Awards for Innovation were given to Cartoon Abstracts by Taylor & Francis and Wiley ChemPlanner.
Next year’s conference is being hosted in the Netherlands. We’ll see you there!
The PPA Independent Publisher Conference and Awards 2015 took place at The Brewery on 9th December.
The morning offered a huge range of presentations across two streams focusing on strategy and content. Afterwards, 400 publishing professionals attended the glittery lunch at which the 2015 winners were announced and the awards presented. These included our own Atwood Tate MD, Claire Law, who presented the Business Media Brand of the Year award to The Drum, Carynx Group.
The strategy stream kicked off with a series of case studies examining how publishers are tackling the area of live events, digital publishing, retail and mobile. Highlights included Rhinegold’s MD Ciaran Morton talking about Rhinegold Live, an innovative (free) rush hour concert series. We also heard from Alex Beaumont, Cogora MD; Andy Salter, Road Transport Media MD; Dan Sims, Retail Director, Seymour; and Jonny Kaldor, Kaldor’s CEO.
Later sessions included “How to build and retain a strong team to drive business success”, offering top tips on two contrasting approaches from Terry Grimwood (Publishing Director at DJ Murphy) and Marc Hartog (Founder & CEO, Apptitude Media). An insight into native and programmatic Advertising was offered by Richard Johnstone, Editorial Director, The Drum and Carole Jordorson , Digital Strategist at Digital Heights.
The morning closed with a fascinating panel presentation on “20 Things you need to know about Digital Publishing” delivered by five leading experts , Jonathan Collins, CEO, Affino; Fiona Evans, Director of Publishing Partnerships, Collective; Esther Kezia Harding, Digital Editor and Designer, Page Lizard; and Michael Kowalski, Founder, Contentment.
Altogether a great day!
The nominees for the New Venture Award for pioneering work on behalf of under-represented groups in society are Teika Bellamy of Mothers Milk Books, and Bel Greenwood & Lynne Bryan of Words and Women.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 9 Dec at a networking and buffet event at The Betsey Trotwood.
Order your tickets online. Members free, non-members £3. 7pm-9.30pm. Buffet food provided, pay bar. All women welcome.
Good luck to all the nominees!
We’re very excited to be involved with Futurebook as it approaches its fifth anniversary.
The conference on 4th December will be the culmination of a week of activities and brings together leading thinkers in publishing, retail, editorial, writing, marketing and tech, along with speakers from other industries.
It’s ‘aimed at those invested in and passionate about the future of books’ which is all of us so hope to see you at the conference!
To kick things off, the shortlist for the awards was announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the evening of Thursday October 15th. See the full shortlist here and Atwood Tate is delighted to be sponsoring Best use of Digital in a Marketing/Publicity Campaign.
Very best of luck to all the teams involved in these campaigns:
- Harry Potter Jonny Duddle Relaunch/ Harry Potter Book Night, Bloomsbury
- “Naked on Snapchat”, Fjeldbraaten & Waage
- Scrabble Week, HarperCollins
- The Sick Bag Song, Canongate
- Summer of Penguin, Penguin Random House
- Tim Weaver’s MISSING, podcast campaign, Penguin Random House
- My Brother is a Superhero, Nosy Crow
- Shazam partnership, HarperCollins
- Ingrid Winter—the bookseller game, Fjeldbraaten & Waage
- Little Black Classics, Penguin Books
It was my 3rd time at the annual ALPSP Conference (9-11 September) and as usual, it was a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people (both our candidates and clients) and hear the latest thoughts from scholarly publishers worldwide.
If you weren’t able to get there, I’m not going to summarise all the sessions I attended as the lovely team at ALPSP has done a superb job of adding audio and slides to their Conference Programme, which means you can have a look yourself! (Thanks Suzanne, Audrey, Lesley, Dee and Sabia)
Sessions I thought particularly of interest:
Smart ways for small publishers to go global: Peter Richardson, Managing Director, British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery told us the answer lies in strategic partnerships with other organisations and talked through pros and cons of outsourcing and maintaining editorial control.
Have I got standards for you? chaired by Laura Cox: we had some interesting perspectives from a small publisher perspective with Leighton Chipperfield, Director of Publishing and Income Diversification, Society for General Microbiology and the other end of the scale with Laird Barrett, Senior Digital Product Manager (Journals), Taylor & Francis outlining how they implement publishing standards.
I thought I’d list the finalists for their Awards for Innovation in Publishing – the winner was Kudos.
Bookmetrix from Altmetric and Springer SBM
CHORUS – advancing public access to research
eLife Lens open-source reading tool from eLife
Impact Vizor from HighWire Press
JSTOR Daily online magazine
Kudos toolkit for researchers and their publishers
Overleaf authorship tool
RightFind XML for Mining from the Copyright Clearance Center
The Xvolution board game from NSTDA
More info about the winners: http://www.alpsp.org/Ebusiness/AboutALPSP/ALPSPAwards.aspx