Joe Williams, Cicerone
This will be my third straight Spring Conference and it looks like it will be the best yet. The content of the sessions appears to be very forward-thinking, and highly applicable to the modern publisher. Specific sessions on newsletters, social media and ebooks will appeal to my marketing side, while I expect the business strategies and keynote speeches to do as they have always done: inspire me to try new things.
Sonny Leong, IPG Patron
I've lost count of the number of IPG Conferences I've attended, but I still look forward to it every year. It's a perfect place to catch up with old friends, make new ones and network. Perching at the bar until the wee hours is no longer for me, and I envy those who can—this is where the deals are done! So come prepared for late nights, early starts and dozing off at the back of the hall!
Jude Brooks, Veloce Publishing / Hubble & Hattie
As a new IPG member I’m looking forward to meeting up with like-minded people in my ‘tribe!’ I’m especially keen to learn more about children’s publishing, as this is a new area for us, and to networking in general. Meeting booksellers will also be good, so we can better understand our roles in relation to each other.
Helen Kogan, Kogan Page
The Conference is a unique event in the publishing calendar. Not only does it have a programme that is completely relevant to practice and current issues, but it offers a fantastic opportunity to meet peers, exchange ideas and learn about some of the most innovative publishing companies around, whether they be small start-ups or established global brands.
Martin Hickman, Canbury Press
I came back from my first Annual Spring Conference last year bouncing with enthusiasm, so I will once again be taking a pitstop from my quest for world domination at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in March. It’s an especially friendly event, with plenty of opportunities to meet the astute, warm folk who gravitate into publishing, and the sessions are an artful mix of practical tips and brand inspiration.
Amy Carothers, SPCK, IVP, Sheldon Press & Marylebone House
I’m looking forward to the marketing and publicity sessions and sharing ideas on how to stay relevant in a changing industry. As the sector moves towards digital communications and online sales, it’s essential to find innovative ways to connect with authors, bookstores, customers and influencers, and to use social media effectively.
Louise Boland, Fairlight Books
I’m really looking forward to the Conference—to meeting lots of fellow indies and hopefully picking up a few tips from the speakers and break-out sessions.
Alison Jones, Practical Inspiration Publishing
The Conference is always a highlight of the year for me. This year’s programme looks as good as ever—I don’t quite know how they do it—and I’m particularly looking forward to the helpful GDPR session and Amol Rajan’s keynote. As well as the formal fun of the Awards dinner, which is always very special, I’m looking forward to those life-enhancing, business-building, inspiring ad hoc meetings with old friends and new contacts that you see happening all over the Crowne Plaza over the Conference. That’s where the magic happens.
Sara Lovejoy, Hardie Grant
I’m always looking for ways to improve my approaches to my work in digital marketing, so I’m really looking forward to the training sessions at the Conference. It’s always good to pick up new knowledge and top tips from people in our industry and to find new ways of doing things.
Miranda West, The Do Book Company
My first experience of the IPG Conference was attending as a speaker last year—so this year I’m very much looking forward to giving all the talks my full attention rather than doing last-minute rewrites! It will be good to attend the workshops as I don’t do as much training as I should these days, and to chat to more of the delegates. What I liked most about last year’s event was the sense of community, and I came away with the realisation that, as independent publishers, so many of us were going through the same trials and tribulations. We have two authors speaking this year, so if you hear any whooping and hollering, that will probably be me—apologies.
Gareth Swain, The History Press
I'm hoping to improve my understanding of how professional publishing can thrive in a world of fake news and disinformation. Exemplary editorial standards are the distinguishing characteristic of a publisher, but how do we get that message across?