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Associate Membership

Associate Membership

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Associate Membership of the Publishers Association is open to non-publishers who want to work closely with us and our members, and build their business profile in the publishing community.

As an Associate Member, you will be able: 

  • Stay up-to-date with current developments in the publishing industry   
  • Develop productive relationships with industry professionals    
  • Increase the visibility of your business    
  • Benefit from events, meetings and networking opportunities we provide

Associate Membership is open to Individuals (freelancers, sole traders and self-employed) and Businesses with membership fees based upon turnover.

Subscription Rates

The annual subscription is based upon business turnover:



< £50k*


£50k – £250k


£250k – £1m


£1m – £5m


£5m <


*For individuals only. Individuals with a turnover of more than £50k are requested to apply for the higher membership bracket.

All fees exclusive of VAT. Membership is for a term of 12-months. Membership is continuing unless 60 days’ notice is given in writing or via email of intention of resigning from membership.

How to Apply

Download the application form.

To apply for Associate Membership, please email your completed application to or post it to the following address: The Publishers Association, First Floor, 50 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN.

Once your membership is approved by PA Council, we will supply a welcome pack with login details for our website and the Associate Member logo.


  1. Be recognised as a Preferred Supplier. Applications are approved by PA Council.
  2. Entry in the Associate Member directory on our website with your logo, a 100-word profile and contact details.
  3. Use of the Associate Member logo on your corporate stationary and website.
  4. Attendance at our events on same terms as members (either free-of-charge or at a discounted rate) including our AGM and Summer Reception.
  5. Member rate on our Book Fair Service, an easy one-stop service for all major book fairs. Our Book Fair Service offers an efficient and cost-effective way to make the most of your participation in an overseas fair.
  6. Attendance at a range of our technical and community publishing committees and groups where applicable.
  7. Promote your products or services on our Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook channels.
  8. A copy of the PA Publishing Yearbook – the definitive source for statistics on the UK book publishing industry and the learned journal market.
  9. Use our meeting space in central London. AV facilities and refreshments provided.
  10. Access to free and discounted products and services, including Simply Docs for template business documents and legal contracts, and our GDPR toolkit for publishing.
  11. Display promotional material on our stands at various book fairs, including London, Beijing, Frankfurt or Shanghai**.
  12. Banner advert on our website. Promote your business, service or products on our homepage for two-weeks at preferential rates*.
  13. Advertise your business in our monthly member newsletter every six-months*.
  14. Advertise in our PA Publishing Yearbook at preferential rates. Copies of our annual publication are sent to PA Members, MPs and civil servants, and the launch of the Yearbook regularly receives national coverage across print, digital and television media outlets.
  15. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities for our events, including our AGM and conferences. In exchange for whole or part sponsorship, receive exposure to our members and delegates*.
  16. Promotion of your product or service as a Member Benefit. Offer a discount for our members and we will promote your product or service as a Member Benefit on our website and any other relevant membership materials.

*Subject to availability.
**Shipping costs to be incurred by you.

Our Associate Members

  • Bluebird ConsultingHeather O'Connell is an experienced publishing professional offering a broad spectrum of expert services to the print and publishing industries, using a people focussed approach to help her clients realise their vision and improve business performance. She specialises in optimising production...
  • Contracts PeopleKevin Stewart and Jackie Wilson of Contracts People offer services to publishers and others on all aspects and types of publishing agreements from making an offer, through drafting, vetting and negotiating the agreement, and including advising on and implementing termination procedures. Kevin...
  • SupaduSupadu is an e-commerce and website provider for trade and academic publishers of all sizes from HarperCollins to Cornell University Press. They have 220 trade customers and 40 University Press customers from all around the world. Publishers use their Supafolio website and metadata management...
  • Prepare to PublishPrepare to Publish is a publishing agency which offers professional editorial and typesetting services specialising in books and magazines (consumer, trade and contract publishing). They are based in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, but they've had clients in the US and Europe as well as across the...
  • Lynette Owen ConsultingLynette offers a range of services in the fields of rights and contracts, including commentary on and drafting of contracts as well as advice and training on contracts, rights negotiations and rights sales strategy. Lynette has long experience in the promotion and sale of rights, with a...
  • Nielsen BookNielsen Book provides a range of services to the book industry internationally, aiding the discovery and purchase, distribution and sales measurement of books. They are proud to run the ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland as well as providing search and discovery services for booksellers and...
  • The RQ ConsultancyHere at The RQ Consultancy, we provide IT support and consultancy for micro, small and medium sized businesses throughout the UK. We have been looking after The Publishers Association for over 10 years, advising and support them through the changes in technology over the years. We have...
  • OpenAthensOpenAthens makes it easy for people to access knowledge through single single-on. Their mission is to enable people to achieve great things by connecting them to knowledge and information, whenever and wherever they need it. They strive to be the world's most user-friendly single sign-on...
  • River DesignRiver Design offer a bespoke book design service, creating covers and laying out interiors to produce engaging and memorable books. A husband and wife design team established in 1994, our client list includes publishing houses and university presses throughout the UK, Ireland and USA. We also work...