publishing professionals to advance their careers while also expanding their network in the creative industries. The SYP currently provides a wide-ranging series of events and seminars aimed at those who are entering the publishing world for the first time, including a very popular talk at London Book Fair – ‘How To Get Into Publishing’. The SYP also organises a similar event for publishing professionals who are trying to move forward from their first job: ‘How To Get Ahead In Publishing’, once again at London Book Fair.
In 2014 we launched a mentor scheme to address the needs of another
group of young publishers – those reaching for the next step in their
career. The scheme, whose aim was to provide a set of tools to guide
career progress, the experience and expertise of a successful publishing professional and the support of peers is now renewed for 2015.
Unlike other schemes, instead of being a one-to-one session each
SYP mentoring meeting is built around a small group of young
publishing professionals (5–10 people per group).
Each group is assigned a mentor, a young, dynamic publishing
professional who has already achieved a remarkable level of success in
his or her career. The mentees are assigned to a specific group based on
their job description and interest, which then allows us to pair them up with a mentor who has experience in that particular field.
The scheme will provide mentoring in the following areas of publishing:
• Digital and Publicity
• Sales and Marketing
• Design and Brand Management
• Author representation
Each group will meet their mentor roughly every two months beginning in
March, for a total of five meetings throughout the year. Each mentor
will be completely free to organise their mentoring sessions as they see
fit. The SYP will provide a rough outline for the scheme.
The scheme will be open to young publishing professionals who are
already working in the industry and need advice on how to further
advance in their career. To be eligible, prospective mentees will have
to meet the following criteria:
• Be an SYP member
• Be under 30 years of age
• Have worked in publishing for at least one year, but no more than five
• Be able to attend meetings in London
Details of how to apply are listed below. All applications will be
reviewed by the SYP, who will then select the members of each group.
Confirmed mentors include:
Auriol Bishop, Creative Director at Hodder > Mentor in Design and Brand Management
Sophia Blackwell, Marketing Manager at Kogan Page > Mentor in Marketing and Sales
Tom Chalmers, Founder and Managing Director of Legend Press > Mentor in Marketing and Sales
Laura Summers, Cofounder of BookMachine and Head of Marketing at YUDU > Mentor in Marketing and Sales
Anne Perry, Editor at Hodder & Stoughton > Mentor in Editorial
Hellie Ogden, Agent at Janklow & Nesbit > Mentor in Author representation
Laura Macaulay, Publisher at Daunt Books > Mentor in Editorial
Tom Bonnick, Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow > Mentor in Digital and Publicity
Mentor scheme announcement (social media & trade press)
Mentees recruiting (deadline for application 9th March)
March– November: 4–5 mentor meetings
SYP members under the age of 30, who have been working in publishing
for between one and five years, will be able to apply for the scheme by
emailing a CV and a short paragraph, explaining why they would like to
take part in the scheme and which stream they would like to be
considered for, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 March 2015.