Location: Thames Room, EC1
Address: Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road
Postcode: SW5 9TA
How to set up a Publishing House
Join the Independent Publishers Guild and Nielsen at The London Book Fair for an essential guide to making a successful start in publishing.
For anyone taking their first steps in the industry, this special hour-long session will outline the dos and don’ts of launching a publishing company. Revealing the secrets of success and pointing out the pitfalls to avoid, the seminar will help publishers work out what they need to do to get started and when. Whether you have just launched a new company, are planning a start-up or just think you might like to strike out on your own one day, this event is sure to sharpen your thinking.
The seminar will open with tips for starting a publishing business from IPG Executive Director Bridget Shine, who will introduce ten things all independent publishers should be thinking about. Bridget will also outline some of the benefits of belonging to the IPG and the ways it can help new businesses. Copies of the IPG’s invaluable handbook—The Insiders’ Guide to Independent Publishing—will be available.
Bridget will be followed by Meike Ziervogel, founder of Peirene Press, a specialist in contemporary European literature in English translation. She will talk about how she set up her company, and highlight ways to ensure success from the germination of your idea to your business plan and beyond. Peirene was named the Newcomer of the Year at the IPG’s 2011 Independent Publishing Awards, and a year later Meike was voted one of Britain's 100 most innovative and influential people in the creative and media industries in the Time Out and Hospital Club hClub100 list. There is more about Peirene Press at www.peirenepress.com.
The third and final presentation will come from Simon Skinner, Sales Director of Nielsen BookData, who will run through the services provided by his company that all new publishers should be aware of. Providing a quick guide to essential publishing issues like the supply of ISBNs from the Nielsen ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland, the importance of metadata, the dissemination of book information via Nielsen BookData, order transactions from Nielsen BookNet and sales measurement tools from Nielsen BookScan, Simon will show how Nielsen can help all new publishers to hit the ground running.
Wrapping up the seminar will be a question and answer session—a great chance to put publishing and business queries to the experts.