Book talk

<p><i>SYP chair, Jon Slack introduces the society's first blog</i><br />
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The Society of Young Publishers is a voluntary network that runs regular events&mdash;from pub quizzes to book clubs&mdash;and informative speaker meetings for anyone already working in publishing, or for people looking to find their way into the industry. Like any career there is a lot to learn to succeed in publishing, which might explain why our group has been engaging with publishers in this way since 1949. It's been nearly sixty years of talking about books, how they are made and the passionate people who make them. But the most important thing under discussion is what it's actually like to get somewhere on that overused but inescapable analogy known as the career ladder. <br />
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As anyone in our organisation will point out, talking is where publishing begins and ends. So at our speaker events, we practically insist you come early and stay late to talk to people, and we'll even arm you with a glass of wine by way of encouragement (although we are of course naturally fierce advocates of responsible drinking, as indeed are all publishers!). Chatting with the people who already work in the industry is invaluable as the &lsquo;who you know&rsquo; principle is quite often the cornerstone of any new job or promotion in books. <br />
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Whether it's your first, second or third job it certainly helps to know what you want to get out of your publishing career. When publishers&mdash;from junior editorial assistants to senior production directors&mdash;sum up their day to day experiences as &quot;hard work, but rewarding&quot;, you might be wondering what the hard part really involves, and what makes it so rewarding. That is where we can help&mdash;whether you&rsquo;re discussing how to get in, get up or shift sideways in your career, it&rsquo;s the gritty advice dispensed from those who&rsquo;ve been there that&rsquo;s worth learning about. <br />
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So here&rsquo;s where the our blog comes in. Each month, the SYP will cast its all-encompassing net across the publishing pond and drag well-placed insiders back to this blog to report on how to knock down those career doors everyone else is trying to get their foot into. Whether it's editorial, publicity, production or sales you can expect opinionated, informed, and in the interests of candour&mdash;completely anonymous accounts of what it&rsquo;s like to work in these areas, what the issues facing each sector are, what it takes to get ahead in them. <br />
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As for the SYP, in the real world that is, we&rsquo;ve got events happening every month so your next natural step is to come along and discuss the subject at hand, or just catch up on what&rsquo;s been happening over the month. This year we&rsquo;ve covered what it takes to commission books, what it&rsquo;s like working for a children&rsquo;s publisher and whether or not e-books are actually any greener. But whether the speaker topic on the night is just right for you or not, remember it&rsquo;s the bit after that counts as much.<br />
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And if you can&rsquo;t make the next one then drop us a comment or email, let us know what you want us to talk about, and be sure to get involved in the conversation. &nbsp;&nbsp; <br />
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For more information on the SYP and its events visit <a href="http://www.thesyp.org.uk" target="_blank">http://www.thesyp.org.uk</a>.</p>