2016 was a very successful year for us, with numerous training, networking and social events held throughout the year. We intend to make 2017 just as eventful by planning tons of training and other events in order for all of our members to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and with others in the industry.
We will kick off 2017 with two days of InDesign training on the 18 and 26 of January. InDesign is a great tool for designers, advertisers, and publishers to master. This training will be great for entry level staff that may be using InDesign for the first time or even for those among you who are eager to brush up on your skills and find some short cuts and tricks to make everyday use of InDesign much easier. Make sure and book early with as this is always a popular course. February and March are both set to be busy months for us with an Academic Publishing workshop geared towards PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers who are interested in having their research made into a fully published work and our much anticipated The Life Cycle of the Book series,
four evening talks that break down the entire process book publication. The four talks will be held from the 7 to 28 of February, taking place every Tuesday at 6pm. You can book tickets for this event here. Tickets for non-members are priced at €15 each or €50 for all four talks and €10 for PI members.
A Marketing and Publicity workshop will also be held in February. Marketing and publicity has always been an important aspect of publishing but the way books
make it out into the public eye has changed so much in the last few years it is always worth taking a course like this. On 22 March we will be holding an Introduction to Editing course, aimed at entry-level staff, fledging editors and students as well as a Meet the Freelancers Speed dating event, hosted by Averill Buchanan of AFEPI. Following the success of our Meet the Illustrators Fair in 2015, our training committee decided to arrange this networking night as a way to get freelancers and publishers connected. Freelancers should bring a long some of the pieces they have worked on, not only as a way of displaying their work but also as a gentle ice-breaker.
March will be extra busy for Publishing Ireland this year as this year’s London Book Fair is scheduled for 14-16 of March, a month earlier than usual. We will have our annual table at the Fair and encourage all of our members to utilise this and give themselves the best opportunity to connect with the international publishing industry. A Book Jackets and Blurb Writing workshop will take place in April. This is one of the most important aspects of promoting any published work and shouldn’t be overlooked. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.
Our summer schedule is also filled with events and Training. We will have a two part Photoshop Course on 2 and 9 May. Also scheduled for summer is a much anticipated second ‘speed-dating’ event for Publishers and Graphic Designers hosted by Maeve Convery of ROADS Publishing. The event will create much needed links between the graphic design and publishing industry. More details on this event will be available soon. A Non-Fiction editing course in June will be followed in September by Fiction editing. Both of which will no doubt be two very popular courses among both our members and non-members. Keep an eye on our website for booking information. In October we will have our annual stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Last Year’s Fair received positive feedback from lots of our members. This Year’s Frankfurt Book Fair will take place on the 11 to 15 of October 2017, so make sure and mark it in your diaries.
In November we will have a training course in Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is a useful tool for all kinds of media from print to mobile, so whether you are looking into enhancing your website, eBooks or creating graphics for your printed works this will be a very useful tool to learn more about. We will also be holding a workshop on how to edit in Microsoft Word, which in today’s publishing industry is essential. November will of course be the month we host our annual Trade Day. 2017 will be the fifth year of our Trade Day, which is run as part of the Dublin Book Festival and we plan on making it the most successful yet.
Of course there will be plenty of other events throughout the year including table quizzes, social events, launches, and training. We will also be supporting the eir Sport Sports Book of the year. You can keep up-to-date with all of our events and training by visiting our website or through our weekly newsletter, Clémail. We also post details of all events and training on our Facebook and Twitter.
Our full training schedule for 2017 can be found here.