The Independent Publishers Guild is set for its biggest ever Annual Spring Conference after launching the full programme and opening bookings.
The event, to be held from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 February 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, will feature a jam-packed programme of more than 30 expert speakers sharing their knowledge and insights. It will also incorporate the 11th annual IPG Independent Publishing Awards, to be presented on Thursday 9 February.
Keynote speakers at the event will be innovation expert, thought leader and author Terence Mauri and Joe McEwan, head of digital and communities at Innocent. Other speakers include copywriting expert James Spackman, recruitment specialist Jo Howard, web search guru Glynn Davies and Influence at Work’s Steve Martin on the art of persuasion. They will be complemented by case studies from independent publishers including Kogan Page, Nosy Crow, Gill Books and Do Book Company, while bookselling will be well represented by leaders including Waterstones’ James Daunt, and Bertrams’ Justin Adams.
Following their popular launch in 2016, the first morning of the Conference will again present a selection of training workshops in subjects including rights, publicity, websites and analytics. A programme of break-out sessions across both days will meanwhile focus on specific sectors of publishing, with topics including rights, commissioning, sales trends, reps, North American markets and textbooks. Click here
for the full programme.
Other highlights of the event include ample opportunities for networking and socialising at lunches, dinners and coffee breaks, an exhibitors zone featuring leading publishers suppliers including Conference gold sponsor Ingram, and the gala dinner for the Independent Publishing Awards, at which the 2017 Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year will be unveiled. Shortlists for the Awards will be revealed on Friday 20 January.
Last year’s Conference drew a record number of delegates, and the IPG is anticipating another bumper attendance in 2017. IPG chief executive Bridget Shine says: “We are proud to launch the programme for our Annual Spring Conference, and delighted to have attracted such a wide variety of outstanding speakers. We are really looking forward to a great few days in Oxfordshire in the company of IPG members.
What our delegates think—feedback from our 2016 Conference
“Totally brilliant atmosphere and organization.”
“The best Conference ever!”
“A very well planned and organized conference which sent me away with lots of useful ideas and insights.”
“Fantastic and inspiring… this event just keeps going up and up.”
“A very enjoyable few days and everyone was so friendly and kind.”
“The sessions were sensational, and the networking is always great.”
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