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SYP Scotland Networking Event at the Mad Hatter, Edinburgh: “With a Foil Finish”

September 28th, 2015 | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on SYP Scotland Networking Event at the Mad Hatter, Edinburgh: “With a Foil Finish”

For many of us new Publishing students here at Stirling, the networking event of SYP Scotland at the Mad Hatter was our first chance to meet people from or interested in the industry outside of university – and we were eager to use this opportunity! A warm welcome by the members of the SYP awaited us, accompanied by a friendly atmosphere, tea and lovely little cakes.

I had the chance to speak to several members of the committee, as well as fellow students from Edinburgh Napier. I can‘t go into detail about all the discussions we held yesterday, but I would like to give those of you who couldn’t make it a small example selection at least! A particularly interesting topic for me was comparing the designs of German bookcovers to the designs of UK bookcovers: I always found most book designs of my home country to be dull and uncreative, and was surprised to hear that several German publishers have voiced the same concern on occasion… but why not change something about it when you are in charge of design? This is a question I will certainly have to investigate further in the course of my studies! 

We also discussed the shrinking number of editorial departments of publishing houses. As more literary agencies now offer substantial editing work before sending a manuscript to a publisher, some publishers open their own literary agencies (including not only book, but film and other media agents as well). An internship at a literary agency could therefore be another valuable experience.

 I would also like to point out a great opportunity that was announced yesterday, and is now online on the SYP Scotland Twitter as well: “The Society of Young Publishers Scotland are thrilled to be partnering with the Saltire Society to give you the chance to be on a shadow judging panel for four of their Award categories this year!” To apply, just follow the link and submit your application. Try to do this as soon as possible, as the deadline is Sunday, the 4th of October.

Another announcement that is interesting for Publishing students is the SYP’s mentoring scheme (this year’s MLitt students might remember Heather McDaid telling us about it during our induction session). Applications should include a CV and information on your field of interest in the publishing industry and will be open sometime in November, so keep an eye on the SYP Scotland homepage and Twitter for more information!