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Building Inclusivity in Publishing

Building Inclusivity in Publishing 2018 is a half day conference, building on the success of the past two years’ full day events. Much has been achieved in the book industry, from charters, new Inclusion Director roles and new imprints, to BAME traineeships, spare room projects and increasing number of role models. But there is  much more to be done to achieve full inclusion.

All credible analysis  indicates that more diverse teams lead to better problem solving, greater innovation and ultimately, competitive advantage. There is a striking connection between strong commercial performance and cognitive diversity. It’s the right thing to do ethically, but also it’s the right thing commercially.  The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, remains committed to keep this important topic on the publishing agenda. The cost to attend the half-day includes a number of free places for unemployed publishing professionals; highly discounted tickets for students and sole traders/ consultants and very competitive prices for businesses in the book and wider creative industry worlds.  Topics under discussion this year will be regional diversity, children’s entertainment, and the class ceiling. In addition, for each full price ticket bought, The London Book Fair will make a contribution to the Spare Room Project.  The format will include case studies, inspiring talks, and panels, and speakers will be new voices from books and aligned creative industries.

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Rewriting the (Rule)Book: Innovation and Disruption in Publishing

Too often publishing gets a bad rap for being averse to change – the dinosaur of the creative industries. But is this really the case? Audio is booming, VR is the next big thing, and more and more companies have finally begun to walk the walk on access and inclusivity.

A period of significant change is underway. Organisations and professionals turning to the old rulebook are finding that it is no longer fit for purpose… but those daring enough have decided to write their own.

Under the streams, Write Your Own StoryRulebreakers and By the Book, the SYP’s 2018 Autumn Conference will shine a light on the movers and shakers, big and small, that are changing the face of the industry and carving new paths for publishing success.

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Why remote working is the key to diversity

Many areas of publishing are anxious to innovate and, quite rightly, want to increase the diversity of their workforce. Innovation usually focuses on solutions to improve publishing’s outputs—the revenue-generating products and services which pay the bills. But the tendrils of innovation should also reach out to address the needs of that most crucial of inputs—the […]

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Spare Room Project is launched

The Spare Room Project has recently launched, which is designed as a practical initiative aimed at helping regional diversity in publishing, and led by James Spackman of Pursuit Agency. The Project will match students from outside publishing with a publishing professional in the capital (London), offering them accommodation for a week in July or August. […]

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Are Publishers Born or Made?

Are publishers born or made? Was the question asked at an insightful symposium at Kingston University where Course Directors, Lecturers, Publishers and Trade Associations (including the Publishers Association – Richard Mollet gave a brilliant presentation) and interested parties discussed the relevance of publishing degrees and education to the publishing industry. This was the first forum […]

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