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3 Lessons I learned from organising a publishing conference

This is a guest post from Serena Ugolini. Serena is currently a student of the MA Publishing at London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). She is also a part-time bookseller at Oxfam.

Every year a team of students from the MA Publishing course at London College of Communication organise a Publishing Conference sponsored by Macmillan. The team decide on the theme, the programme structure, pick the speakers and plan the marketing campaign. This year’s conference – New Frontiers – focused on how publishing is changing storytelling. It was my first experience managing an event, and as the PR and Marketing lead, this is what I learned from it.

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Charly Ford

Tips for conference organisers from the IPG [SPONSORED]

This is a guest post from Charly Salvesen-Ford. Charly is Membership and Events Officer for the IPG (the Independent Publishers Guild). With a publishing background including editorial and digital experience, she also organised and hosted BookMachine events in Oxford until the end of 2014. She continues to write the BookMachine Oxford newsletters and is on the committee of the Oxford Publishing Society.

“It’s difficult to think of a reason not to come to the IPG Annual Spring Conference… it actually does live up to the pre-Conference claim that each year will be bigger and better than the one before.” Andrew Johnston

The IPG is very pleased to have this reputation, and it drives us to organise brilliant Annual Spring Conferences. But what makes our flagship event run as smoothly as it does, and what tips can we give to fellow event organisers? Let’s take a peek.

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BookMachine needs you! TOC Conference Startup Showcase semi-finals [ANNOUNCEMENT]

TOCCON2013We’re excited to announce that BookMachine.me, the new people discovery site we’ve been working on for the past year, has made it to the semi-finals of the Startup Showcase at O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

What does that mean? Well, if we get through this round, the site will be presented to leading lights of the US publishing industry in New York. We hope BookMachine.me will become a great visual tool that helps all you talented publishing-types out there to find each other online and collaborate on new projects, and this is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word.

If you’d like to help us get to the final, please head over to the TOC site and rate us, we’d really appreciate it. Voting closes tomorrow (Friday) so there’s not much time left!


Vote here


The site was backed with seed funding from the British Council, and you can check out the story behind BookMachine.me over on their site.

We’re also happy to see fellow UK startup Valobox reach the semis: they were featured at our Publishing Now event with City University back in 2011, and these guys are definitely worthy of a vote too.

BookMachine.me is currently in private beta, but if you’re signed up to our upcoming Brighton, NYC or Unplugged events, your invite will be on it’s way to you very soon. We’re looking forward to your feedback.

Here’s that voting link again, thanks folks!

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