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PA's PR 13th January 2016

PA's PR 13th January 2016



Stephen Lotinga to be new PA Chief Executive

The Publishers Association has appointed Stephen Lotinga as its new Chief Executive and will assume the role on Monday 18th January 2016. Lotinga joins The PA from The PArliamentary and Health Service Obudsman but was, until May 2015 Director of Communications to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.  He will replace current chief executive, Richard Mollet, who leaves The PA to take up a role within the RELX Group. To read more please click here.
The PA responds to SOA letter on author contracts
On January 5th 2016 The Society of Authors, released a letter addressed to the Publishers Association and Independent Publishers Guild regarding unfair terms in author contracts.  The PA has since responded to the letter highlighting the deeper market factors as the source of the problem. To read the comments in full please click here


 Reading for Pleasure Roadshow

The first 2016 Reading for Pleasure Roadshow will take place on 14th January 2016 at Transworld. The RfP Roadshow initiative brings together charities and organisations in the UK; dedicated to encouraging reading and increasing levels of literacy amongst both children and adults. To truly encourage reading for pleasure across the UK, The PA is keen to take the Roadshow to as many publishers as possible. If you are a publisher looking to help boost literacy in the UK or know one that does, please get in touch with Seonaid MacLeod for more information.   


Become a Publishing Ambassador Today

Do you love publishing? Want to inspire the next generation?  Then we need you! The PA is calling on people working in publishing to become publishing ambassadors and represent the industry by giving careers talks in schools, colleges and universities. We want ambassadors to share their passion for publishing as well as the exciting job opportunities available. To get involved, simply contact your local school, college or university (or even ones that you attended previously.) Alternatively, it will be possible to register on The PA’s people database to receive updates on upcoming opportunities to hold a session.  The PA has created a wide variety of digital resources that can be tailored an adapted to the content and style that you would like to deliver in a session, including; PowerPoint presentations, scripts, leaflets and tips for presenting tips. The resources can be accessed via Dropbox. For more information about becoming a publishing ambassador, please contact Seonaid MacLeod.  


Book Fairs

The PA offers guidance and support for publishers looking to attend book fairs. Through our TurnKey Exhibition Services™ division we provide businesses (members and non-members of The PA), with an easy one-stop service at all major book fairs, which includes all stand arrangements. Upcoming Book Fairs for 2016 include:-
Bologna Children’s Book Fair                           4th April – 7th April 2016
The London Book Fair 2016                            12th April – 14th April 2016
BookExpo America 2016                                  11th – 13th May 2016
Beijing International Book Fair                         24th – 28th Aug 2016
Frankfurt Book Fair                                           19th – 28th Oct 2016
China Shanghai Int Children’s Book Fair           tbc
Guadalajara International Book Fair                 26th Nov – 4th Dec 2016

For more information about the service and funding opportunities please contact Gloria Bailey.  


International Excellence Awards Nominations Open

Nominations for the International Excellence Awards are open! If you have excelled in an area of publishing, or know a company that has, we want to hear from you. The London Book Fair and the UK Publishers Association are seeking entries from non-UK publishers to recognise excellence in all areas; from Adult Trade publishing to Copyright Protection. The awards are a fantastic opportunity, to be recognised by your peers and encouraging excellence throughout the industry. The deadline for nominations is January 15th 2015.  A shortlist for the awards will be unveiled in March and the winner announced at a gala awards event on Tuesday 14th April 2016. For a full list of the awards available please click here.
Independent Bookshop Week Submissions open for 10th Birthday Book Award 2016
The 10th Annual Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Awards submissions are open including three categories: Adult, Children’s and Picture Book.   Entries can be submitted until the deadline of 6th February 2016, with the shortlists announced in the middle of May. The winners will be announced on 18th June (the first day of IBW 2016) which next year runs from 18th to 25th June 2016. Publishers are invited to submit titles that they would like to see championed by independent booksellers during IBW. There is no fee for entering or a limit on the number of books a publisher can submit (though there is a charge for each shortlisted title), though obviously publishers should enter books they feel will truly appeal to the independent sector.  To qualify for the prize, nominated titles must be available in paperback on 18th June 2014 and have been published in hardback or paperback between 18th June 2015 and 18th June 2016. Submission forms, with a writable PDF, can be downloaded from here. Further information is available from or


Calder Valley Primary Schools Book Appeal

Calder Valley is appealing for help to put books back into the hands of children whose lives have been devastated by recent floods. Three primary schools have been severely damaged and depleted of books and basic reading materials. The local community are urging people across the UK to help by donating resources including reading books , textbooks, colouring books and activity books to help rebuild school libraries and bring back the joy of reading to children. For more information and to help with the appeal please contact: Michael Prior (01422 845 792) or Di Seymour (01422 846554).  More details can also be found on the Facebook page.    


Digital Publishing Forum, 27th January 2015 

The first DPF of the year will explore the key question; What metadata do wholesalers and retailers want from publishers? Publisher metadata is a perennial focus of industry discussion, and is often seized upon as the solution to many problems for the trade – not least that elusive ‘discoverability'. This Forum seeks to demonstrate the detail of why particular data fields are important and how accuracy issues in that data can cause problems, and explores the wider possibilities of even the most basic metadata in solving complex and awkward problems in markets where readers seldom even see the book before they buy it. Tickets are free for students and cost £30 for PA members and £60 for none members. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Around the World in 8 Hours, 27th January 2016
The second edition of Around the World in 8 Hours will extend the London Book Fair’s new Quantum conference concept into the virtual arena. Starting at 9:00 am it will pack the latest news, trends and analysis of international book publishing into a single day by placing the spotlight on to eight key global publishing markets. Join the conference for free to: Meet some of the world's most innovative publishers and best-selling authors Learn from the leaders of the world's largest and most successful publishers Learn how publishers from New Zealand and the Phillipines to South Africa and the US are turning today's digital realities to their advantage Gain insight and analysis into how publishing markets around the world work Building on the hugely successful inaugural edition in March 2015, which engaged over 900,000 people on Twitter alone, the virtual conference will bring together leading publishers from around the world. Tickets are free. Register for your place here.
31st International Publishers Congress, 10th – 12th April 2016
Organised by The PA, IPA and LBF; the 31st IPA Congress will be held 10th – 12th April 2016 during the London Book Fair. The event will feature leading publishers, authors, technologists, policy makers and influencers from the entire book chain. Further details about the programme will be published here. Information about last year’s speakers and talks will be available here.  Members are entitled to an early bird discount, for further details about the code, please contact Emma House .
London Book Fair, 2017
With plans underway for London Book Fair 2016, dates for the 2017 Fair have been announced. LBF 2017 will take place at Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th March, at Olympia, London. For more details on the dates and times please click here