Is Publishing Inclusive these days?
Diversity or inclusivity in publishing is very much in the industry news and I went along to the Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference organised by the London Book Fair and the Publisher’s Association. It’s really good that the industry is addressing this, but it does feel like it’s a particular issue within Trade book publishing. We work with a wide range of sectors in publishing (academic, educational, professional, trade, STM, B2B) and there is a much more mixed demographic across the other sectors.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Creative Industries said diversity is a moral imperative and our social and economic responsibility which I’m sure we all agree with. Everyone also seemed to agree we need to have more role models from diverse backgrounds and it’s vital that there is diversity in senior leadership. Simon Dowson-Collins, General Counsel and Company Secretary at HarperCollins acknowledged that all people are different – some are extrovert, some introvert but it’s important to speak out so people can see BAME people in senior roles and aspire to it.
In terms of recruitment, it’s important to have processes in place that avoid what’s called the ‘halo / horns’ effect – where you immediately warm to people like you and are less keen on those who are different. Some of our publisher clients are on top of this, for example using new processes that strip out names in the application process so hiring managers are not biased in their selection process. There have also been some recent strides including the HarperCollins BAME scheme, Little Brown’s new imprint Dialogue Books (publishing books by people under-represented in publishing).
Broadening Inclusivity in Entry-Level Recruitment
The afternoon session looked at broadening inclusivity in entry-level recruitment in publishing and there has been some progress in this area – it’s no longer the case that an English lit degree and a love of books is enough! Initiatives like Penguin no longer requiring a degree and offering help with accommodation and HarperCollins using video interviews and having a BAME grad scheme are helping. But it needs more work like us going in to schools to encourage publishing as a great career for all.
The Publisher’s Association has a 10-Point Inclusivity Action Plan that publishers can sign up to and is definitely worth a read to get some good ideas!
On the 15th March a group of SYP (Society of Young Publishers) and the representatives of the Publishing Interns (@PubInterns) will be gathering at the Cumberland arms near the London Book Fair for a chat and a glass of wine.
This is the perfect place to network with your fellow interns, work experience publishing people and also others within the publishing field.
A free event which is guaranteed to be a great night it is worth attending. Some of our consultants may pop in for a chat as well.
Make sure you follow us on twitter, @AtwoodTate, to keep up to date with what is happening.
We will be attending the London Book Fair this year! From the 14th-16th March this is your opportunity to attend an exciting event and learn about the inner workings of publishing. You can attend seminars, network and meet fellow publishers!
We will be on Stand 3B26 (in Tech) if you want to come and chat with us. We’re happy to answer your questions! You could even attend the Career’s Clinic on the 16th! Two our consultants – Karine & Alison – will be offering advice about how to enter the world of publishing!
For more information about the London Book Fair make sure you check out the official website! You can view the Insight Guide for further details about Seminars as well as register to attend!
You can also follow London Book Fair on Twitter and keep an eye on the official hashtag #LBF17! Over the course of the three days everyone in publishing will be tweeting like crazy!
We’ll be blogging about the event before we attend, having currently blogged about 5 Reasons Why you should attend the London Book Fair! But there is plenty of information about there about what to expect and what to bring!
We’re available via social media to answer any questions you may have about attending and about where to find us for a chat or discussion!
Things to Bring to the London Book Fair 2017
The London Book Fair 2017 is fast approaching! It’s only 2 weeks away! And it’s time to get prepared.
Whether you are a publisher, a candidate, an author or a reader you need to remember to bring certain things to the London Book Fair. Not only your ticket but items which will make your day much more enjoyable!
Remember to bring:
- We are the only recruitment company attending the fair with a stand, come say hello at: stand 3B26 (in Tech). We are also taking part in the Careers Clinic on the Thursday. Bring your CV to talk to help you talk to one of our consultants and to show at the Career’s Clinic. We may even take a copy of your CV, so print more than one – but don’t bring a folder. The majority of the people at the LBF are there to make deals with other publishers, not to recruit. Network with publishers at stands, but don’t force your CV on them. Instead offer…
- If you’re an author, candidate or a client and have a business card, be sure to bring them. People don’t have that much time to stop and chat at the fair, so give them a business card with details on how to get in touch. This is a great way to get noticed and remembered.
- Take some photos of the event! Whether to share on social media or simply to keep track of companies you are interested in. The London Book Fair is a social event as much as an industry one, so why not take a few snaps.
- Do not underestimate the size of the Olympia – where the LBF takes place. The floors are crowded with people, stands and cafes. You will need to walk everywhere so make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes.
Bottle of Water:
- Water is imperative at events like these. You will be walking a lot in large crowds and the queues for the café get astronomical by lunch time. Be sure to bring some water with you to stay hydrated and comfortable all day.
- If you’re attending an event, be it a seminar, an author event or the Careers Clinic, so bring a notebook with you. Taking notes is encouraged. There’s a lot to remember and a lot to see. Keep track of all of it to stay informed.
- If you’re meeting people you will need to communicate to find them, as shouting across the hall will not work. You can also use your phone to live-tweet and follow the London Book Fair twitter account and the official Book Fair hashtag #LBF17! People will be live-tweeting all day! Following the events on twitter is a great way to keep track of events and new throughout the day.
Make sure you keep note of these things to make the most of your attendance at the London Book Fair.
Have you bought your tickets yet? Printed off your map? Finalised which Seminars you want to attend? Found out where the seminars are and what time they start?
Visit the website for more details! And feel free to contact us on any of our social media with your questions: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.
Our consultant Helen Speedy will be attending the Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference run by the Publishers’ Association and the London Book Fair. The day-long conference will look at each component of the publishing industry and the representation of people in each area, from authors to consumers.
You can read more about the event and the speakers attending at our blog here. As an equal opportunities employer and business we feel this is a very important event and one we can’t wait to hear about in further detail. Expect a blog post shortly after the event to summarise the main points featured.
If you are attending the event let us know via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. And be sure to say hello to Helen if you see her!
It was a busy and buzzy London Book Fair this year – the last one at Earl’s Court before the move to Olympia. We had a fantastic time seeing all the publishers displaying their new and exciting books and products. Our stand was in the newly renamed Tech (aka Digital) zone and was busier than ever.
As well as the chance to meet some of the candidates we hadn’t managed to see at our office, it was a great place to catch up with our clients, and make lots of new contacts. This was the first year the Bookseller magazine had a specific jobs / careers section which we sponsored and this really focussed Atwood Tate as the go to publishing recruitment agency. They also launched the new Jobs page on their website and look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.
We also enjoyed going along to some of the seminars, I got to be on the panel for the Publisher’s Association seminar ‘The Changing Face of Publishing’ which looked at how the workforce is changing and the skills we need to make sure we’re keeping up.
There was also lots of opportunity for some essential networking with drinks by ALPSP, Bytethebook, Bookmachine, the IPG and many more – hope you got along to a few of these too.
All in all it was an exhausting (no voice left, aching feet) but very positive book fair and we hope you enjoyed it too!
We will be at the London Book Fair – please come and say hello 🙂
If you would like to arrange an appointment, drop us an email on email@example.com, or contact one of the consultants directly