THE first ever conference from Society of Young Publishers Scotland was a roaring success: reaching 500,000 people with more than two million impressions online in just 24 hours and doubling their Scottish membership.
There were over 150 attendees, 33 speakers and 14 sessions, with huge industry names and a diverse agenda across all aspects of publishing books, magazines and comics as well as authors, illustrators, booksellers and literary festivals represented.
The day-long event on March 18th was a success, trending on Twitter for over 16 hours.
Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, gave the keynote; speaking of his belief that books can change the world and the need for conviction and bravery in the publishing industry.
Other sessions saw Hugh Andrew, MD at Birlinn Ltd, talking about intellectual property disputes; a coding workshop from Canongate’s Cat Dean; Sha Nazir, founder of Glasgow Comic Con; Marie Moser, owner of the Edinburgh Bookshop; award-winning author, Lari Don; and more.
The closing panel saw six publishing juggernauts discussing Scotland’s Publishing Landscape.
Chaired by Marion Sinclair (CEO, Publishing Scotland), the panellists were Aly Barr (acting head of Literature, Languages and Publishing, Creative Scotland), Laura Brown (editor-in-chief of Comics, DC Thomson), Katy Lockwood-Holmes (publisher and CEO, Floris Books), Nikki Simpson (business manager, PPA Scotland) and Jenny Todd (publisher, Canongate Books).
A lively debate included discussion about print quotes, choosing between locally and abroad, taking into account not just price (the lower the price, the potential for a greater marketing budget) but also carbon footprint.
The headline sponsors were Glasgow-based printers, Bell & Bain Ltd.
Watch out for a new Print Local campaign forming to support the UK industry!
Robbie Guillory: “Had a great time yesterday at #SYP2020 – such great passion and eagerness and it was utterly inspiring. Thank you @SYPScotland!”
Jason O’Neill: “Great day out at @SYPScotland #SYP2020 conf, genuinely excited & optimistic about a future in publishing. Lots of great speakers too!”
Melissa Jones: “Thanks to @SYPScotland for an amazing #SYP2020 -getting into publishing often feels like an uphill battle- today is a reminder it’s worth it”
Stevie Marsden: “Can honestly say this is the 1st pub’g conference I’ve been to that has inspired rather than depressed! I’ve lots of new ideas…! #SYP2020”
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