The Bookseller is looking for this year’s Rising Stars for its annual feature on the next generation of movers and shakers in the book industry.
Nominations are now open to anyone across the industry, with a deadline of Friday 8th May.
“We are looking for people who are approaching the trade with flair, energy and enthusiasm and has successfully translated that in their own business”, The Bookseller’s features and insight editor Tom Tivnan said. He added: “Credit will also be given for innovation—the people in the trade who are responding to seismic changes and are building new models, products and ways of working, telling stories and reaching readers." The Rising Stars list is about the ‘young guns’, but it is not necessarily about age, as it can include a trade veteran who has changed roles or a seasoned professional from outside the industry who is new to the business.
For the second time Rising Stars will be run in association with The Frankfurt Book Fair, who will be joining together with The Bookseller in a series of events, promotions and social gatherings to support and champion the collection of skilled young professionals. For the first time this year the FBF will also provide a bespoke package of support to 2015’s Shooting Star, including a funded trip to FBF 2015, €500 towards an international business trip to help expand overseas dealings; a weekly pass to The Business Club at FBF (worth €990) and a one-on-one consultation with an expert of their choice. The Shooting Star will also receive invitations to receptions, get-togethers and networking opportunities at the fair and throughout the year, as well as a host of other exclusive benefits.
And, for the first time, the Rising Stars list will be sponsnored by book trade recruitment specialists Inspired Selection.
Please respond to either Tom Tivnan or Felicity Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) with a testimonial as to why you or your Rising Star candidate deserves to be on the list, sketching out achievements and any examples of going above and beyond the call of duty. Supporting material can include testimonials from colleagues and managers and any form of documentary evidence (sales figures, deals brokered, revenue generated etc).