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Training Courses

The Publishing P&L: Finding the Sweet Spot

Friday, 10 May

Royal Irish Academy

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There are many different ways to cost out a book. Three publishers talk through how they explore a book’s feasibility, using examples from four-colour illustrated, international narrative and academic.


The Art of Editing


Tickets via Eventbrite, Coming soon!

A practical workshop covering structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading.



Academic Publishing: The Opportunities and the Challenges

Tuesday, 4 June

Irish Writers Centre

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Hear from three Irish academic publishers as they discuss topics such as open access, co-editions, turning theses into books and the challenges and opportunities facing this section of the industry.

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Brexit, Copyright & The Big Issues Facing Publishers

with William Bowes

William Bowes, The Publishers Association

6 November, 10-1pm

Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St. Dublin 2

with William Bowes, Director of Policy and General Counsel, The Publishers Association.

With Brexit looming, how will decisions around customs and the Irish border affect Irish publishers and what happens to territorial rights for IP? What are the logistical and cost implications of changes to borders and customs regimes? What is the status of copyright in Brussels and where is it going? And what else should publishers be thinking about? What are the things we should be REALLY worried about? An unmissable presentation and Q&A session on the issues facing our industry.

Book Now:  (Brexit session only)



Rights 102

with Ivan O’Brien, O’Brien Press

6 November, 2-4:30pm

Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dawson St. Dublin 2

Tickets onsale via Eventbrite

Ivan O’Brien, O’Brien Press

Post-Frankfurt, Pre-London, what do you need to know and do to maximise your rights sales?

Includes a special section on picture research and image rights.

***Special Package Deal for BOTH Sessions : (Brexit and Rights package deal- recommended!)

Members’ Resources

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Sell More Books with Better Data with Graham Bell (Editeur), Simon Skinner (BDS), Alex Murphy (Stison)


Friday, 18 January , 10:00am-4:30pm

Royal Irish Academy

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We all know that better information helps sell more books, but “metadata” can sound difficult and abstract, we don’t always know what we need to do. This comprehensive workshop will look at everything from the key standards (Thema, ONIX and ISNI: Editeur), to how your data is used (BDS), to what is actually involved in achieving best practice (Stison) – and getting your whole company on board with the process.

  • Onix – what it’s for, how to use it, examples of good data
  • Thema – evolution from BIC, international aspects, Irish national extensions, examples of good use
  • ISNI – role, scope, use
  • eBooks – appropriate data
  • Distribution of bibliographical data – tools, places to send to
  • Data management systems – available tools, examples, implementation, costs, benefits
  • Data quality management – pre-flight
  • Sales implications of good data
  • A potential solution to your data quality challenges



Members Resources: Click below to access materials from the day.




The Package: How to Brief Design and Write Compelling Copy

with James Spackman, The Book Pitch Doctor

14 February, Poetry Ireland

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Cover Design: A practical workshop for publishers who brief covers, helping them understand how to create briefs that will yield brilliant results in an efficient way. James will focus on:

  • Understanding the dynamics of a creative collaboration
  • Working with a designer’s needs and priorities
    Turning a publishing strategy into a creative brief, detailing communication objective and tone of voice
  • Briefing tightly yet keeping an open mind
  • Using comparisons constructively
  • Feeding back constructively yet candidly

Copy Lab: A workshop for publishers who write cover copy, in which we explore new ways to work together to create persuasive blurb. Understand how:

  • Better copy sells more books
  • Good copy flows from a book’s publishing strategy
  • Copy, like a publishing strategy, and like cover art, should be collectively “owned” and championed
  • Copy creation process should be collaborative, and high-status


Members’ Resources- Click below to access materials from the day:

The Package: How to Brief Design and Write Compelling Copy