Sponsors donate tickets to 'Get a Job in Publishing' conference

Comma Press, with the Northern Fiction Alliance and The bks Agency, have announced their inaugural ‘Get a Job in Publishing’ conference, partnered with The Publishers' Association and Manchester Metropolitan University, which will take place on Saturday the 27th April 2019.

More details on the course, which is open to those with no previous publishing experience, as well as those who are considering a career-change later in life, or those already working in publishing but wanting to learn more about how the industry works and the specifics of what’s required to work in each department of a publishing house, and will help participants understand the UK publishing industry from every angle; its economics, its disciplines and career paths, its rewards and challenges, here.

We called out for sponsorship of tickets for low income, aspiring publishers, and we are extremely grateful to the following sponsors each offering tickets to a new entrant of the industry who is unable to afford the £50 ticket fee for the conference. If you would like to apply for a sponsored ticket, please email zoe.turner@commapress.co.uk indicating which of the below tickets you are applying for, with some information about why you are applying. Please include your age, and city of residence. You must be over the age of 18 to apply, and you must have the right to work in the UK.

 

Sponsored tickets available:

Lighthouse Bookshop x 1 (+ £30 travel expenses): for one low income, aspiring publisher based in Scotland. BAME/disabled applicants particularly welcome

Caroni Clarke (Canongate) x 1 (+ £30 travel expenses): for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North. BAME/disabled applicants particularly welcome

Orange Beak Studio x 1 (+ £30 travel expenses): for one low income, aspiring illustrator or designer 

The Printing Charity x 2 (+ £25 travel expenses): for two low income, aspiring publishers based in the North 

The Literary Consultancy x 2 (+ travel/access costs, such as wheelchair or carer support): for two low income, aspiring publishers based outside of London, with no upper age limit (career switchers welcome) and all disabilities and additional needs considered. BAME applicants particularly welcome (travel within England, standard advance tickets only)

A.M. Heath Literary Agents x 2 (+ 20 travel pp): for two low income, aspiring publishers based in the North

Bluemoose Books x 2 (+ travel expenses): for two BAME, aspiring publishers (travel within England, standard advance tickets only, must be residents outside of London)

Canongate x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North

HarperCollins x 2 (+ £30 travel expenses pp): for two low income, aspiring publishers 

Yellow Kite x 2 (+ a 30 minute Skype call for each successful applicant/attendee with a Yellow Kite editor after the event to ask follow-up questions): for two low income, aspiring publishers based in the North

Manchester University Press x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher who must be local to Manchester. BAME/other minority applicants particularly welcome

Hachette x 2 (+ travel expenses): for two low income, aspiring publishers who must be based in the North (travel within England, standard advance tickets only)

Anna Vaught x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher with no upper age limit (career switchers welcome). Applicants who are carers or with mental health issues particularly welcome

Kit de Waal x 1 (+ £20 travel): for one working class or marginalised aspiring publisher. Priority will be given to someone based in the North (travel within England, standard advance tickets only)

Head & Heart x 1 (+ travel and food allowance up to £50): for one low income, aspiring publisher. Applicants based in Wales particularly welcome (travel within England, standard advance tickets only) 

Jenny Colgan (Jo Unwin Literary Agency) x 1 (+ childcare expenses): for one low income, aspiring publisher

The Society for Editors & Proofreaders x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North. Applicants with a specific interest in an editorial career are particularly welcome 

Anonymous sponsor x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North

Golden Egg Academy x 1: for one low income/working class, aspiring publisher. BAME, disabled or LGBTQ+ applicants particularly welcome

Writers & Artists x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North. Applicant must be a woman or female-identifiying 

Jo Unwin (Jo Unwin Literary Agency) x 1 (+ £20 travel): for one low income, aspiring publisher based in the North

Julia Silk (Kingsford Campbell Literary Agency) x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher from outside the South East

Clays (book production specialist) x 1: for one low income, aspiring publisher

 

If you are applying for one of the above sponsored places, you must be able to declare your financial circumstances with one of the following examples:

Jobseeker's allowance; Disability benefit; Income support; Working tax credit; Proof of being a full-time student; HMRC self-assessment.

If you are on low-income for other reasons than those outlined here, please get in touch and we'll see if we can support you. Apply to: zoe.turner@commapress.co.uk 

Interested in sponsoring? If you or your organisation would like to sponsor a free ticket for this event, to allow someone unable to afford the ticket fee to attend, please email Zoe Turner at the above address.