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The Spare Room Project

“I am delighted to accommodate a bright young student in our spare room over the summer. It is little or no effort, it will be great to have somebody learning about publishing staying with us, and what a great way of opening up our London-centric trade to people coming from elsewhere." Andrew Franklin, founder and MD of Profile Books and first publisher to host a Spare Roomer.

The London-centric reality of publishing acts as a major barrier to aspirant publishers from outside of the capital. In response to this, James Spackman (publisher and consultant) with the support of the Publishers Association set up the Spare Room Project. Since 2016, we have been matching interns from outside of London with publishers who can offer a spare room. Not only is it a great opportunity for mentorship but it also means that young people without the means to pay for expensive temporary accommodation can take up opportunities in the city. Since November 2018 the project has been generously supported by Penguin Random House.

Take a look at the blogs below to hear from interns and hosts and read our FAQ. If you have a spare room you can offer, or if you're in need of one, just email James Spackman.


Spare Room Project Blogs

  • Rachel Wade.jpg Rachel Wade supports the Spare Room ProjectThe Spare Room Project is a simple, community-based idea to help with publishers' diversity problem – and also a way for people further on in their career to give something back. So: everyone wins!
  • Emma Axelsson headshot.jpg Emma Axelsson on her Spare Room Project experienceSuffolk is hardly another world away from London. A train journey from my local station directly to London Liverpool Street clocks in at just under an hour. However, in the world of publishing work experience and internships...
  • Spare Room Project Sian Devine (square).jpeg Sian Devine on her Spare Room Project experienceBorn and raised in the city of Manchester – I am fortunate in so many ways. But unfortunately, a large proportion of publishing opportunities arise in London, and when it comes to internships and work experience...
  • Square photo of Connor Brown.png Connor Brown on his Spare Room Project experiencePublishing in the North is alive and well. Thriving, even. But it's fair to say that London, as it is in many industries, is the place to be for job opportunities.
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FAQ

FAQs – Guests

 

 

Q: Is there any legal admin to do?
A: A little bit. We ask guests to confirm their placement and give assurance that all the info they’ve provided is correct. Then guests and hosts are both asked to agree to some basic terms and conditions. Finally, we as that guest and host sign another basic agreement between themselves (which we provide) when they meet.

Q: How long can I stay with one person?
A: Most hosts offer one week, so if you have a six week internship, you may end up with six hosts, or even some gaps between hosts

Q: What happens if something goes wrong with the SRP placement?
A: Email James@TheSpareRoomProject.co.ukto discuss it

Q: Are background checks required, for guests or hosts?
A: No. It’s down to individuals to make sure they’re happy with the situation, so we don’t require special checks.

Q: How do you connect guests and hosts?
A: We simply email both of you to make the introductions, then it’s over to you to agree the details, like arrival time.

 

FAQs – Hosts

Q: I work in the book industry in London. How do I pledge a room?

A: Click here to sign up as a potential host (no firm commitment is required!)

Q: I can’t offer a room now, but might be able to in future. Shall I still sign up?

A: Yes! Once you sign up, you’ll start getting email updates from the SRP every few weeks. When you spot someone you can help, let us know. There’s no time pressure.

Q: Do I have to provide work experience as well?

A: No. The aspirant publisher should arrange their own placement.

Q: Do I have to feed them?

A: You can if you like, but there’s no obligation.

Q: Do I have to hang out with them?

A: Ditto. Your call.

Q: I can only do particular dates, is that ok?

A: Yes, we’ll work with whatever you can offer.

Q: How long will the guest stay?

A: Most hosts offer one week’s accommodation. You can offer more if you want, but it’s not expected

Q: I have small children/yappy dogs/loud neighbours/live in zone 6/live on a houseboat/share with friends/only have a sofa to spare … will anyone want to come to stay??

A: So far yes! The scheme has matched up interns with hosts in all sorts of living arrangements.

Q: Is there any legal admin to do?

A: A little bit. We ask guests to confirm their placement and give assurance that all the info they’ve provided is correct. Then guests and hosts are both asked to agree to some basic terms and conditions. Finally, we as that guest and host sign another basic agreement between themselves (which we provide) when they meet.

Q: Has the project worked?

A: Yes! More than a dozen SRP guests have already secured jobs in London publishing houses since interning, and staying with hosts.

Q: What happens if something goes wrong with the SRP placement?

A: Email James@TheSpareRoomProject.co.uk to discuss it

Q: Are background checks required, for guests or hosts?

A: No. It’s down to individuals to make sure they’re happy with the situation, so we don’t require special checks.

Q: How do you connect guests and hosts?

A: We simply email both of you to make the introductions, then it’s over to you to agree the details, like arrival time.