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PA's PR 16th August 2017

PA's PR 16th August 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA has worked with the Bookseller to publish internship guidelines for publishers, two new SME publisher workshops have been launched and a Turkish publisher and a Turkish publishing house have been awarded the International Publishers Association's Prix Voltaire. Meanwhile the deadline is approaching to enter the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, the UK government has committed itself to new data protection rules, Unison has dedicated its "Save Our Services" day to supporting local libraries and the Man Booker Prize has released its 2017 long list.  


Internship guidelines
The PA has worked with The Bookseller to produce a best practice guide to internships for publishers with advice on recruitment, communication, management, pay and outcomes. The guidelines are nested within the PA's broader aims to make the industry more accessible to underrepresented communities, particularly to those who cannot afford to work without pay. If you'd like to see how your company measures up, or you're thinking of implementing an internship for the first time you can read the guidelines here. For more information, please contact our Campaigns Executive Eliza.

PA launches SME workshops    
The PA has launched two workshops for members, the first in a series of practical workshops for SME publishers. The first on 26 September will be on how to build an export strategy. Topics will include how to draw up an action plan and researching potential markets. It will be run by Simon Littlewood, a consultant to a range of book industry companies and government organisations. The second workshop run by The London Book Fair's Jacks Thomas on 14 November will be on how to build a publicity strategy, covering building a network, running promotional events and creating a clear brand.

IPA Prix Voltaire   
Turkish publisher Turhan Gunay of Cumhuriyet Books and Turkish publishing house Evrensel have been awarded the International Publishers Association's Prix Voltaire, in recognition of the"immense courage of Turkish publishers who dare to keep working despite the huge risk". Gunay is currently on trial for terror related charges, while Evrensel was forced to stop trading when its assets were seized after the July 2016 coup attempt. Kristenn Einarsson, chair of the Freedom to Publish Committee, said both "embody the determination to publish freely in a country where the authorities will apparently stop at nothing to silence them".        

Queen's Awards for Enterprise    
The deadline is approaching to enter the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, which we would encourage publishers to apply to. Applications are open until 1 September. Businesses can apply under the following categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. The latter category would be suitable for publishers with active inclusivity strategies, and is open to businesses which have had a social mobility programme for more than two years and which can prove the programme benefits their organisation. More details here.        

Data protection rules    
The UK government last week committed itself to new data protection rules, which will put UK law in line with the EU's General Data Protection Regulations. The rules will impact any publishers which collect cookies on their website or collect names and contact details for marketing purposes, or education publishers running online platforms holding student information. We are running a half-day seminar, sponsored by the Publishers Licensing Society, to give publishers a legal and practical overview of the new legislation and how to will impact their interaction with consumer or author data. The seminar will be held on 8 September. More details here

Save Our Services day for libraries    
Trade union Unison is dedicating its "Save Our Services" day on 19 October to supporting local libraries. The day aims to highlight the "devastating impact" cuts have had on this service and to call on decision makers to take action and ask councils to commit to providing comprehensive library services. Unison will ask its members to show their support by joining and visiting their local library. The body is also asking the public to take a photo or short video showing the most helpful or unusual thing their library does and share it using the hashtag #SOSlibraries. More details here.         

Man Booker Prize 2017 long list   
Arundhati Roy (pictured), Zadie Smith and Colson Whitehead are among the authors who have been listed for the 2017 Man Booker prize. Roy, who won the prize 20-years ago for her debut novel The God of Small Things, has been listed for her novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Smith, whose novel On Beauty was previously shortlisted for the prize, has been nominated for Swing Time, while Whitehead has been listed for The Underground Railroad. The longlist also includes first time novelists Fiona Mozley, a part-time bookseller, and Emily Fridlund, a Cornell professor. The full list can be seen here.        

Sharjah International Book Fair    
This year the UK will be the Guest of Honour at the Sharjah International Book Fair, which will take place on 1-11 November 2017. Partnering with the British Council, The London Book Fair and the Department for International Trade (London), the PA will be organising a trade mission for London based SMEs. The mission offers the opportunity to participate on a stand for two dedicated trade days and will offer a number of other networking opportunities, including a reception hosted by the British Ambassador. For full details and information on how to register for the fair please click here.        

August issue of Aid Projects Alert now available    
In this month’s issue there are nine new projects, four loan approvals and one tender. Members need to login to access.         


BIC's New Trends in Publishing Seminar, 5 September 2017, London
Scholarly Publishing: Crossing the Rubicon, 7 September 2017, Oxford
Introduction to Collective Licensing , 7 September 2017, Birmingham
GDPR and Implications for Publishers, 8 September 2017, London
BA Conference, 10-12 September 2017, Birmingham
Metadata Power , 14 September 2017, London
ALPSP 10th Anniversary Conference & Awards , 13 -15 September 2017, Noordwijk
Commissioning Content: Working effectively with authors and editors , 21 September 2017, London    
How to Build an Export Strategy, 26 September 2017, London
How to generate and implement new ideas in scholarly publishing, 4 October 2017, London    

STM Early Career Publishers Speed Networking Event , 5 October 2017, London
Publication ethics: fraud & misconduct, 8 October 2017, London
BIC's Implementing Therma training course , 18 October 2017, London
How to Build a Publicity Strategy , 14 November 2017, London
China Shanghai International Book Fair , 17-19 November 2017, Shanghai
Guadalajara International Book Fair , 25 November - 3 December 2017, Guadalajara 
PA BESA Conference 2017, 29 November 2017, London
Unconscious Bias Training , 22 February 2018, London

Academic Book Trade Conference 2018 , 10-11 May 2018, London