My final report from the IPG Annual Spring Conference is now officially live on the Society of Young Publishers’ Press Forward blog! Here’s an excerpt, but head over to Press Forward if you want to keep reading.
It’s emerging that one of my favourite things about working in Publishing are the conferences. There’s a great sense of community around them, most particularly, perhaps, at the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Spring Annual Conference. The Conference, which took place on the 4th-6th of March just outside Oxford, was a place for Independent Publishers across the UK – and for some internationally – to come together and discuss the state of the industry from our point of view.
Kicked off by a talk from Amazon’s Russell Jones, with what is becoming the company’s signature social media ban and delicate handling of question time, there ensued three days of sessions, talks and round-table events on everything Independent. From Facebook and handling online followings to the latest legal legislation that will impact publishers in 2015, few stones were left unturned as we were whipped through every aspect of the industry at top speed… [READ MORE]
This year, I am attending my very first Independent Publishers Guild (@ipghq) Annual Spring Conference, live-Tweeting the whole event on behalf of the Society of Young Publishers (@SYP_UK) and representing Periscope (@periscopebooks), the new international literary fiction imprint I’ve just started as Editorial Assistant at.
With a welcome by IPG Chair Oliver Gadsby and hosted through an afternoon of events by IPG patron Jonathan Harris, Day 1 of the Conference has already been jam-packed. With insightful sessions from Amazon’s Russell Jones, Toppsta’s Georgina Atwell (@magnocarta) and Nina Peregrine-Jones (@_bookrights_), George Banbury of Perseus Book Group and the gadget man Dean Johnson (@activrightbrain), there’s far too much to cover in one blog post. These are just three the highlights and thoughts I’ve taken away so far.
1. Publisher’s are fans of transparency
It is very rare that Amazon will speak publicly, so it was an unusual and thought-provoking privilege to have listened to Russell Jones at the #ipgsc today. As is the Amazon way, however, there was a total lock-down on discussing the contents of the talk in the media. This was really unfortunate because a few of us felt that what Jones was saying was not only incredibly positive, it could help to mend the breaches between the tech giant and the Publishing industry.