Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA has launched a 10-point industry-wide action plan and targets which aim to tackle inclusivity within the publishing workforce, submissions for the Parliamentary Book Awards are now open to publishers, #workinpublishingweek is returning this year from Monday 13 November and the PA is organising the UK Pavilion at the Taipei International Book Fair. Meanwhile the PA has two upcoming workshops for publishers, the Anti-Piracy Breakfast at the Frankfurt Book Fair will be returning this year under a new name, World Book Day has announced the list of £1 book titles for 2018 and booksellers are preparing for Bookshop Day.
PA & INDUSTRY NEWS
Inclusivity Action Plan
The PA launched a 10-point industry-wide inclusivity action plan and targets this month, to drive progress towards a more representative publishing workforce. The plan includes a commitment to undertake an industry wide survey of the UK publishing workforce, which will be published annually. Based on initial workforce figures, PA members have agreed to employ at least 50% of women in senior leadership positions and executive level roles and ensure 15% of employees are from a Black, Asian and ethnic minority background within the next five years. Read the interview with PA President Lis Tribe on the announcement here
and full details about the plan here
. Pledge your commitment to the plan here
Parliamentary Book Awards
The Parliamentary Book Awards, which was first set up by the PA and the Booksellers Association in 2016, is returning this year, with submissions now open to publishers. Titles can be submitted across four categories: best memoir by a parliamentarian, best non-fiction by a parliamentarian, best fiction by a parliamentarian, best political book by a non-parliamentarian. Publishers can submit titles here by 16 October. The shortlist will then be chosen by booksellers and the winners will be voted on by parliamentarians. The awards will be presented at the House of Commons on 5 December, at a ceremony hosted by Margaret Hodge MP.
#workinpublishingweek The PA is running #workinpublishing week again this year from Monday 13 November, and would love to hear from publishers who want to help highlight the careers and opportunities available in publishing. As with previous years this week aims to promote publishing as a career option for 16+ students, particularly to those from under-represented backgrounds. We’re looking for members to provide top tips, blogs, interviews and to host Twitter chats leading up to, and throughout Work In Publishing week. Please e-mail Eliza Kavanagh for more details and take a look at last year’s campaign on our website or via @PublishersAssoc.
Taipei International Book Exhibition The PA in partnership with The Department for International Trade (DIT) is organising a UK Pavilion at the Taipei International Book Exhibition which is being held from 6 – 11 February 2018. Participation is open to all UK companies looking to break into or expand their business in the Asian market. The stand package costs £2,600.00 and DIT is offering qualifying SME’s a grant of £2,500 to help with their stand costs. If you would like details or more information, please contact Gloria Bailey. This event saw the number of exhibitors increase by 10% in 2017, with both more international and local publishers taking part.
The PA has two workshops coming up for publishers: a three-hour workshop on building a publicity strategy with Jacks Thomas and an unconscious bias workshop led by Femi Otitoju, Training Director of Challenge Consultancy. The publicity workshop will take place on 14 November and cover building a network, running promotional events and creating a clear brand. The unconscious bias workshop will run on 22 February, and will cover the concept of unconscious bias, its impact on staff attainment and creative output and developing a strategy for individual action. This workshop is suitable for all staff and is particularly relevant for HR professionals, recruiters, managers and Learning and Development specialists.
Frankfurt Book Fair
The PA will be hosting the popular Anti-Piracy Breakfast again at Frankfurt Book Fair his year, which is returning under a new name, the Global Copyright Enforcement Forum. Topics include an update on copyright in South Africa, from the South African PA's Mpuka Radinku and a case study on Elsevier's global anti-piracy campaign. Tim Kuik, Director at BREIN, will meanwhile give a talk called "Berne bunt? Piracy in ashes". More details here. This year the PA's stand will be at Hall 6.0 B125. Whether you are already a member or considering becoming one, pop by to see the team, or join us at our stand party on 11 October from 5.30pm at our stand.
World Book Day
World Book Day has announced the list of £1 books for 2018, which includes special editions of the Mr Men and Paddington Bear, alongside books from award winning author Kes Grey and celebrity authors such as Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Broadcaster Clare Balding. The illustrator for WBD 2018 is Jim Field, while the theme of next year's event is Share a Story, encouraging adults, parents and older siblings to participate by reading and sharing stories. World Book Day has also announced two new trustees: How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell and Scholastic's UK Co-Managing Director Steve Thompson.
Bookshop Day is taking place this Sunday as part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, with this year's campaign promoting bookshops as the perfect destination for a date. Books Are My Bag has partnered with eHarmony, which willshowcase ten selected retailers to users of the site as "perfect bookshops for a date". The Booksellers Association is asking book lovers to get involved on the day by Tweeting using the #MyBookshop hashtag to share their bookshop memories, best bookshop purchases etc. and to use the #BookshopDay hashtag on the day itself. The BA is also looking for authors to blog or tweet about bookshops in support of the day.
InDesign Course - 15% Discount
Book Machine is offering 15% off their new InDesign skills workshop for those who register by 6 October, using the promo code PA15. The workshop will be held on 19 October and is designed to help publishers brush up their InDesign skills and learn how to build a book from scratch. The workshop will include creating an InDesign page template, placing and formatting text in InDesign, building an index and table of contents, designing and laying out a print ready cover and more.
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