The Variety of Publishing
Thanks to Anna Slevin for this blog post!
The SYP recently hosted a panel discussion entitled The Wider World of Publishing, Alison and Anna went to find out what it was about.
An all-female panel discussed pay transparency, diversity (or perhaps more accurately inclusivity within the industry) and Brexit. Each panellist gave a rundown of their organisation and a day-in-the-life for their job. Discussion ranged from big publishing houses poaching talent from small presses and the size of the UK market in foreign publishing – and both Germany and Italy can give big book advances
The big takeaways were that there are opportunities whether in job openings in organisations you might never have thought of, audiobooks, or the fall of the pound sterling seeing a rise in foreign publishers buying UK books (for now at least!). Book to film and TV adaptations are increasing in recent years too.
Help with funding for those starting in entry-level roles from the Booktrade Charity or support like the Spare Room Project with accommodation for people to come to London exist. They really do but public awareness of these are low so please let the publishing industry know where you were looking for advice when you were starting out!
Most importantly think outside the box!
The Panel were:
Aki Schilz – Director at The Literary Consultancy
Sheerin Aswat – Head of Sales & IRC Relationship Manager for The London Book Fair
Zoe Plant – Senior Scout at Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting
Eliza Kavanagh – Campaigns Executive at The Publishers Association