We’ve had an amazing (if exhausting!) three days at the London Book Fair 2018 this week. We’ve had really productive meetings with clients new and established, met some brilliant new candidates, been to fascinating seminars and walked far too many steps (I wish I’d had a pedometer to keep count)!
Our Highlights from the London Book Fair 2018
We had a comfortable booth in the Club at the Ivy, which acted as our base and a venue for meetings on all three days of the fair.
The excitement of the fair was contagious, and it was really fun to walk around soaking up the atmosphere and looking at the stands. It was great to see what new releases are coming out soon as well as new developments in the industry as a whole, including a big focus on technology and audio.
The big talking point this year was the recreation of the Oval Office, built to publicise the release of Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s new novel,The President is Missing。我的另一个最喜欢的是美国斯特的立场，看起来像树房子！孩子们的部分与以往一样有趣和丰富多彩。
The Bookcareers Clinic
Christina and Alison had a great time at the薄okcareers.com clinic supported by The Publishers Association。They met enthusiastic future publishers and gave them our best tips as well as explaining a little more about what we do, including our temps service, which is a great way for aspiring publishers to gain (paid!) work experience. If you missed it, you might want to have a look at our工作经验和入门级资源我们博客上的页面。
Helen particularly enjoyed meeting interesting people in academic and professional publishing at thealpsp.(Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers)drinks on Tuesday. She would like to thank them for organising such a good networking opportunity!
There were too many excellent seminars to name all of them, but here are some of our highlights:
Anna went along to the年轻出版商社会’seminars on进入和Getting Ahead in Publishing.These seminars were broadcast live on Facebook and if you missed them, you can still watch them这里。他们同时推出了他们的新指导计划，Sypinto - 查找更多信息这里和get your applications in quickly! The main take-aways from the seminars were: tell the recruiter why they should hire you, don’t include irrelevant or negative things and the cover letter is as important, if not more important than the CV. Networking and making contacts is the thing and that’s partly what LBF is about!
Helen went to the seminar‘Academic Research: How Free Should it Be?’It was very interesting and opened her eyes to the complex drivers behind Open Access (OA) publishing and the complexity of the issues surrounding it, including the differing perceptions of OA in different markets. For example, Indian researchers are generally suspicious of OA but China tends to have less of a problem with it and will be happy to go OA with a prestigious brand. It’s a complex global picture and the lines of communication between publishers and researchers are not always clear, which leads to difficulties. Researchers often take a narrow view and are focussed on how publishing affects their funding but publishers have an overarching view of the complex issues and other drivers of the change to OA, so they aren’t always “on the same page” and that is a challenge that needs to be addressed.
从学术出版物的出版物：艾莉特别兴奋地看到她童年的英雄之一，Jacqueline Wilson。她去听她发表一个伟大的问答课程，在那里她谈到了在经历了非常困难的情况的弱势背景上写下儿童的挑战和回报。她还谈到了回归旧的人物（如在她的新书中，我的妈妈特蕾西烧杯) and the new challenges facing children growing up today compared to when she first started writing. Apparently she finds it much more difficult to write a text-message conversation than an in-person one!
在更严重的票据时，克莱尔去了谈话‘A Bookish Brexit’, which covered ideas on what the international publishing community might expect from a post-Brexit UK publishing industry and what policy positions the UK will need to adopt. The Publisher’s Association released their Blueprint for UK Publishing which you can see这里。
Claim to fame…
Our very own Senior Recruitment Consultant Claire Carrington-Smith was featured in the Bookseller Daily on the Wednesday for ‘My Job in Five’! If you missed it you can see it again这里。