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SYP Going it Alone: Freelancing or Starting Your Own Business in Publishing

  • Bloomsbury Publishing 50 Bedford Square London, WC1B 3DP (map)

For this panel event, the Society of Young Publishers Alumni want to help those thinking about starting their own business or going freelance. Whether you’ve ever thought of leaving your current publishing position to take on this challenge, or have already done so, they want to inspire you and give you the tools to succeed.

Their speakers have each made the leap for themselves and bring their own unique experience to the panel. From setting up their own literary agency, growing a platform to include over 1,500 freelancers around the globe, to taking the editorial skills they’ve developed and going freelance for the world’s leading publishing houses, this evening’s speakers have a wealth of knowledge to help you take the next step.

Speakers include:

  • Ella Kahn (@elladkahn): Co-founder of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, Ella worked at Andrew Nurnberg Associates for three years. She has an MA in Publishing from University College London and was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2011, and a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013.

  • Marija Krasnopjorova: Marija is the Community Manager of Reedsy, the freelance platform. For Reedsy she runs the team that has helped grow it to a community of over 1,500 freelance publishing professionals. She's also working on a guide about how to start your freelance career in publishing.

  • Hannah Todd (@PalindromeTodd): Hannah has recently ventured into the freelance world, doing so after leaving Canelo, a leading digital publisher founded in 2015. She has over five years’ worth of experience within the publishing industry, which includes commissioning bestselling authors and structurally editing a diverse range of novels. Hannah is also the creator of ‘hello me, it’s you’ project, which is a book for Young Adults by Young Adults discussing mental health.

  • Karen Ball (@speckledpen): Karen is a 2017 Bookseller Rising Star and publishing consultant with a long list of high-profile clients. Her roll call includes editing Carnegie-longlisted novels Liccle Bit, Joe All Alone and This is Not a Love Story, and commissioned the bestselling Beast Quest (over 11 million copies sold worldwide). As a freelancer Karen works for Head of Zeus, Orion, Penguin Random House and Bloomsbury amongst others.

Each will be able to bring fresh perspectives on what are the best steps to take in the process. Topics likely to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • - How much experience do you need to go alone?

  • - How important is networking when venturing out alone, and what are the best ways to promote your business as being the one to choose?

  • - What forms of marketing will help you stand out?

  • - It’s got to be asked, so how much capital do you feel is important to possess to get the ball rolling?

  • - Do you need a dedicated office space to be taken seriously?

  • - How do you know when to find, or hire, others to help you?

There will also be a chance for you to ask your own questions and network with fellow people in the industry who are looking at new opportunities to strike out on their own.