David Shelley and Jonny Geller to appear at SYP conference

David Shelley and Jonny Geller to appear at SYP conference

The Society of Young Publishers is to host its annual conference this Saturday (26th November) around the theme of bestsellers.

Taking place at the London College of Communications, the line-up will include David Shelley, c.e.o. of Little, Brown and Orion, literary agent Jonny Geller and Sam Missingham, head of audience development at HarperCollins. More than 50 other speakers from across the industry will be appearing at the conference, discussing the "magic ingredients that go into making a popular title really take off in today’s competitive market". Delegates will also hear from recruitment experts on how to turn themselves into "bestsellers" and stand out when applying for jobs in publishing.

The event is being organised by SYP UK chair Zara Markland, vice chair Emily Finn, head of events Louise Newton, and events co-ordinators Zoe Portway, Katrin Krusch and Phoebe Morgan.

Morgan said: "Every now and then, a certain kind of alchemy seems to happen in the publishing industry and a book catches fire. With this year’s conference, we wanted to go behind this and try to investigate what really makes a bestselling book – who are the key players? How can we look at market trends to try to predict success? How big a part does the author play?

"We are so thrilled to have such a brilliant line up of publishing experts from across the industry – from booksellers to jacket designers, editors to authors, we are incredibly grateful to everyone who is taking part from large and small publishing houses, Waterstones, Foyles, and all the recruitment agencies as well. It’s a fascinating topic and hopefully will encourage more people to join and progress in this exciting and ever-changing industry in which we’re lucky enough to work."

Tickets for the conference and more information on the event can be found on the SYP website.