The Northern Fiction Alliance and Publishers Association have joined forces to launch a series of online workshops, designed to "upskill and inspire" small publishers this autumn.
As part of their ongoing three-year partnership, the organisations will launch three workshops, run from September to October, to address topics including how to break into the audiobook market (23rd September), maximising title visibility online (1st October) and the process of hiring a publishing apprentice (7th October).
Stephen Lotinga, chief executive of the PA, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Northern Fiction Alliance again in our joint mission to support the vibrant publishing scene that exists outside London. “We want every publishing business – no matter their size or sector – to thrive in the post-pandemic economy and ensuring that small and medium-sized enterprises have access to high-quality training is foundational to that growth.”
The workshops will feature experts including Dominic Gribben, audio publisher at Hachette and representatives from web designing and e-commerce company Supadu. The sessions are free for PA and Northern Fiction Alliance members.
Sarah Cleave, publishing manager of Northern Alliance member Comma Press, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Publishers Association on more training opportunities. As a collective, we’re committed to developing the creative workforce across the North of England, and these workshops are a fantastic addition to our programme.”
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