#SYP101: The Brexit Question: “The inevitable will happen so stay true to yourself.”

syp101-brexit-qOriginally written for SYP Scotland | We couldn’t tackle the good, the bad and the ugly of the publishing world without really looking at the B word: Brexit. We were joined by an incredible panel to dive behind the headlines – Alby Grainger of indie comic shop Little Shop of Heroes; Derek Kenney of Printer Bell & Bain; Gráinne Clear of indie children’s publisher in Dublin, Little Island Books; Janet Archer, CEO of Creative Scotland and Timothy Wright of Edinburgh University Press – and explore the reality of June 2016’s vote.

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#SYP101: Internships Anonymous

internsssOriginally written for SYP Scotland | The publishing industry has a complex relationship with internships. How can those of us trying to break into the industry gain experience, but ensure we are not being exploited? When we picked our theme for this year’s conference, it seemed natural to include a session on the subject. What was less clear was how we could best organise a session that would encourage participation from those who had completed placements with flying colours, those who had horror stories, and those who were unsure what to expect from internships. Continue reading

#SYPedit: Editorial: From First Draft to Finished Book

sypedOriginally written for SYP Scotland | When you consider a career in publishing, working in the editorial department is usually at the top of your list, so for our October event we wanted to offer a crash course into what the roles entail and how to prepare for a potential career in the field.

Meet the panel:
Chaired by Rosie Howie, Publishing Manager of Bright Red, we were joined by freelancer Camilla Rockwood, Jo Dingley of Canongate Books and Robbie Guillory of Freight Books for an hour and a half that got into the nitty-gritty of editing.

First, their backgrounds. Rosie is the only one to have undertaken a Masters in Publishing. Camilla studied drama, worked in pubs and bars for years and then decided to make a move for a career: she became the PA for a commissioning editor as Elsevier. From there, she found herself working in several areas of the field, and in turn decided to go freelance, working around her family life.

Jo studied English at St Andrews before undertaking internships at publishers including Penguin Press and Luath before starting as an Editorial Assistant at Canongate and working her way up to Editor across seven years.

Robbie studied European Literature at Glasgow and whilst there got involved with the creative writing scene, which was thriving. Alongside non-publishing jobs, he started a small literary journal and began freelancing for HarperCollins before landing the job as Publishing Assistant at Freight, moving up to Assistant Publisher in his few years with the company. Continue reading

#TCMC: Mapping Data, Building An Audience

The art of building a content masterpiece through data-driven decisions as well as incorporating real audience engagement patterns. Originally written for The Children’s Media Conference.


  • Help boost the profile of your videos by understanding how to utilise YouTube data
  • A user’s understanding can be vital in shaping design and tells you where and why users are dropping off your product so you can fix it


Ten years ago it was said that data was the new oil, but if data’s the new oil then it’s only useful when it’s refined. A panel of ‘refinery’ experts discussed how data can be used for good across YouTube, publishing and gaming. Continue reading

#TCMC: Representation

Does the children’s industry across both TV and toys represent diversity? Should global television and toy brands with cultural sway have any moral duty to do so? The speakers debated on how disability is viewed across the sector, how we can move away from stereotyping and what key brands are doing in this area. Originally written for The Children’s Media Conference.


  • Disability should be incidental, not the focus of a person
  • It is so important for children to see themselves represented

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