Last Friday we were lucky enough to secure a stand at the Society for Young Publishers Scotland conference. Our aims in having A Voyage to Arcturus presence at the conference was to secure a list of contact details for those interested in being the first to know when our e-book comes out, conduct a small piece of market research about holding a book launch event and, of course, for the networking opportunities and to hear some amazing speakers from the publishing industry.

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Left to right: Julia & Ruth G (project managers), & Sophie (head of editorial) manning our stall.

Imagine our surprise when, at 9am, the first visitor to our stand, and first sign up to hear about the e-book download was none other than Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival! This was the beginning of a really successful day for the team, and it was wonderful to have so much support and positive feedback from so many people in the Scottish book industry.

We’ve also learned some really valuable lessons from the day’s speakers. The entirety of the design & production team settled in to the ‘Design in Discussion’ session to pick up some tips; and the ‘Coding Workshop’ was a big hit with everyone on the team who is trying to improve their digital skills (particularly marketing manager Isobel)! We all had a fantastic day – big thanks to SYP Scotland for organising such a great event!

If you’d like to be one of the first in the know when our e-book download goes live, you can still sign up here.

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