The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) is a volunteer-led membership organisation dedicated to helping aspiring publishers get into the industry, and helping those within the first ten years of their careers get ahead. SYP Ireland’s small but dynamic committee operates online at the moment, hosting a variety of events such as webinars, book clubs and workshops.
The Irish committee has recognised that what many of their members want is information, insight and connection to the world of publishing in Ireland and abroad. They have hosted webinars with leading and independent publishing houses in Ireland such as The O’Brien Press, Lilliput Press, Little Island Books, Skein Press and many more. Throughout the series of webinars, they chat with professionals in the field, learn what they do on a daily basis, what steps (and side-steps!) have taken them there and hear their wisdom and reflections.
SYP Ireland also hosts a monthly book club on zoom and all are welcome to join. They lead discussions on books published or written or have a connection with Ireland, some of which were game-changers or even banned. They delve into riveting conversations about books like A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa or Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney.
Additionally, there is the SYP Ireland Mentorship Scheme which is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to get into and ahead in publishing. The scheme is held in collaboration with Publishing Ireland and offers seven publishing hopefuls the opportunity to connect with an experienced member of the publishing community. Over a period of six months, the mentor and mentee pairs hold around five one-to-one online meetings. Mentees are provided CV advice and answers are given about the publishing industry.
Make sure to follow SYP Ireland’s Twitter account @SYPIreland, to not miss out on any of their upcoming events.