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IPG Autumn Conference 2018

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Event Details
End date: 18 September 2018
Venue: The Mermaid
Address: Puddle Dock
City: London
Post code: EC4V 3DB
Contact e-mail:
Telephone: 01437 563335
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The 2018 IPG Autumn Conference, Tuesday 18 September
18 lively sessions…22 top speakers…10 focused break-outs…5 big networking opportunities…19 great exhibitors to meet…it's the 2018 IPG Autumn Conference!
We are delighted to unveil the programme for our 2018 Conference on Tuesday 18 September, and do hope you will join us for a memorable day in the company of IPG members.
The schedule is jam-packed with content—all of it tightly focused on helping you make your publishing even more successful. We will be starting the day with a bang with a keynote on growing a business and branding from serial entrepreneur and marketing genius David Hieatt. Following it will be three success stories from independent publishing: Rowman & Littlefield International’s Oliver Gadsby, Short Books co-founder Rebecca Nicolson and Martin Casimir of Maths – No Problem!
Hot on their heels comes James Daunt of Waterstones, who will be providing us with an update on the bookseller’s strategy and priorities. Other plenary sessions across the day include top advice on analytics and AI from SearchStar’s Dan Fallon and HighWire’s Mike Allen respectively. Peter McCarthy, director of digital services at Ingram Content Group, will discuss audience research, PLS’ Sarah Faulder will focus on copyright, and Annie Lydford of the Creative Industries Federation will discuss the future role of publishers.
In between the plenaries we will have 10 break-out sessions, all carefully tailored to different sectors and disciplines of publishing. For academic and professional publishers they include Professor Roger Kain on universities and Taylor & Francis’ Barry Clarke on growing sales in Asia, while educational specialists can hear from TES editor Ann Mroz.
If you work in trade publishing, pick up advice for targeting new routes to market from Bookspeed’s Lewis Dawson and The Book People’s Sarah Walden. We will hear from Bradford Literature Festival’s Syima Aslam about increasing festival sales. Children’s publishers can also learn how to generate more media coverage with Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones.
Our Autumn Conference break-outs have got lots more bases of publishing covered. We’ll be learning from a film agent about selling screen rights to books; about audio with experts including Bookwire, W.F. Howes and Zebralution; and about making great podcasts with podcaster Mark Leruste.
On top of all that we will be arranging speed-dating-style meetings with publishing experts for any delegates who would like some advice, and will be hosting a great Exhibitors Zone where you can meet leading suppliers including Conference gold sponsors Ingram and PLS. And we’ve set aside plenty of time before, during and after the Conference for the all-important networking and socialising opportunities—so from pre-Conference breakfast through to evening drinks we’ve got your day completely covered!
Whether you are a seasoned Conference-goer or attending one for the first time, you are assured of a very warm IPG welcome to the Mermaid theatre, our spectacular venue by the River Thames in London. Come for an unbeatable day out of the office with the UK’s best independent publishers and experts.

You can read the full Autumn Conference programme here. Booking options are at the bottom of the page.

Do join us.

What our members say about the IPG Autumn Conference
“A very stimulating and thought-provoking day - thank you” John Beaufoy, John Beaufoy Publishing
“I really enjoyed my first experience. I loved the networking element of IPG.” Nicola Hornsby, Company Globe Law and Business Ltd
“A really good schedule, a buzzy crowd and great networking.” Emily Labram, Bibliocloud
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