Why every member should join us for our big event on Tuesday 19 September
1 Top keynotes
We will be bookending the Conference with two expert keynotes: Richard Huntington of Saatchi & Saatchi on branding and communications, and the Future Laboratory on fast-evolving working environments and practices. They will be just two of the many voices from beyond publishing we’re bringing to the Conference to stimulate debate.
2 Hear from Facebook
Facebook has become an essential part of many publishers’ marketing, and is a great way to engage with young readers in particular. We are delighted to welcome its director of agency partnerships Ed Couchman to the Conference to share advice for marketing on mobile platforms and streaming content on Facebook Live.
3 Meet booksellers
We’re looking forward to welcoming around 30 independent booksellers to this year’s Autumn Conference with the help of our friends at the Booksellers Association, and some of them will be taking part in a session about retail trends and issues. Independent publishers and booksellers have so much in common, and this is a great opportunity to strengthen our links.
4 Make the most of the media
One of the themes of the day will be selling more books through the media. Di Spiers of BBC Radio 4 will join us to share advice for getting books featured on prestigious slots like Book of the Week and Open Book, while John Lomas-Bullivant of Kickback Media will provide tips for pitching content to film and TV execs. From print media we will have Nick Sidwell of the Guardian Bookshop and Leena Normington, formerly of Telegraph Books, to tell us how to promote and sell titles through newspapers.
5 Brilliant breakouts
The Conference will have its usual range of breakout sessions to choose from, tailored to the needs of academic, professional and educational publishers as well as those operating in the trade. Highlights here will include a case study from Tim Williams of Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year Edward Elgar Publishing and David Morris of Higher Education community Wonkhe on important developments in universities.
6 Work out how to bring in outside help
Being small doesn’t mean you can’t act big in business. White Fox’s John Bond will tell the Conference how members can take advantage of the army of experienced freelancers at their disposal in publishing, while IPG Patron Martin Woodhead will consider how to recruit outside help of another kind—board members and advisers who can ensure good governance.
7 Suss out the supply chain
With new technology and Brexit both impacting the global books supply chain, the Conference will take a timely look at issues including exchange rates and pricing. David Taylor of Conference sponsor Ingram Content Group, which has just completed its acquisition of NBN International, will discuss how print on demand technology is reengineering wholesaling and third party distribution.
8 Learn what you can get out of the IPG Skills Hub
If you've not yet explored the IPG Skills Hub
, you’re missing out! Nosy Crow’s Tom Bonnick and Bloomsbury’s Nina O’Reilly will be on hand at the Conference to tell members about some of the best professional development content on the Hub and how it can help everyone brush up their skills.
9 Great networking
Our Conferences are renowned for their networking and socializing, and we will be setting aside plenty of time for members to meet old friends and make new ones over tea, coffee and a good lunch. There will be drinks afterwards too, so stay and chat about what you have learned from your day out.
10 It’s a bargain
We keep the cost of attending the Autumn Conference as low as we can, and it provides exceptional value by comparison to other publishing events. Our three-for-two deal makes it even more competitive by giving you a free place for someone under 30 with every two tickets you buy. Take a look at our range of ticket options here
The IPG Autumn Conference, sponsored by Ingram Content Group and the Publishers Licensing Society, takes place at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London on Tuesday 19 September. Exhibitors at the Conference will include BDS—click here to learn more about the company. Click here to download the full Autumn Conference programme and book your places.
Feedback from previous IPG Conferences
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“Well worth every penny”