I have been a member of the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) for several years, and have found their events to be interesting and useful. I came across the SYP on Facebook just in time to apply to their 2014 mentoring scheme, and was allocated to have Kirstin Lamb, who later became the society’s co-chair, as my mentor. I have been set on a career in publishing ever since discussing my future prospects with her.
Last year, while I was interning with HarperCollins, I decided to apply to join the Scottish branch’s committee, as I had found SYP events useful, and wanted to get more involved. I was selected as a general committee member, which gave me the opportunity to help out where ever necessary. My role has primarily involved writing posts giving overviews of events for the blog, helping out at events, and, more recently, taking responsibility for the Instagram account.
So, what kind of events does the Scottish branch of the SYP host? In the past year we have covered a wide range of topics, including the following, alongside a variety of socials:
- Agents uncovered
- Coding workshop: XML and InDesign
- Comics Publishing: Concepts to Cons
- Editorial: First Draft to Finished Book
- Freelancing 101
For the second year running, the SYP hosted an Edinburgh conference, which ran smoothly, had brilliant speakers, and was a lot of fun to be involved in. Both students and industry professionals gave excellent feedback. I really enjoyed the day (though there were a few talks I wish I could have attended, but had to miss to help out elsewhere), and was delighted to hear that my peers were of the same opinion. If you missed the conference, and would like to know more, you can read about each session here.
Involvement with SYP Scotland is an excellent opportunity for publishing students in the region, providing truly informative events, fantastic mentoring schemes, and a chance to network with professionals and other aspiring publishers.