‘The O’Brien Press have been members of Clé/Publishing Ireland since its foundation. It’s essential for an industry like publishing to have a vibrant and active trade association – we are all stronger when we stand together. Publishing Ireland organises quality training, networking events and conferences as well as providing a range of valuable services ranging from weekly industry newsletters to assistance at the world’s major book fairs. The more you put in, the more you get out, and we would encourage all publishers in Ireland to be active members of Publishing Ireland.’
– Ivan O Brien, The O Brien Press
‘Publishing Ireland runs a range of subsidised training and events which are invaluable to Irish publishers who could not afford the time or money to access CPD in the UK. Since the Covid lockdowns, it has also pivoted to offer training online, which makes it even more accessible, and which I hope will continue in some form even when face to face training resume. The really crucial overriding benefit I have drawn from sustained engagement with the organisation, however, is the relationships I have built with other Irish publishers. Fellow members of Publishing Ireland are generous with their time and expertise and happy to share experience and advice on an ad hoc as well as a formalised basis, and while my time on the board has come to end for the moment, those friendships and support networks will endure.’
– Mariel Deegan, General Manager New Island, Books DAC
Publishing Ireland is a membership organisation that supports members through services, resources and training.
- Members range from larger, well established Publishers to smaller Publishing Houses. A full list of current members can be found here.
- We welcome membership from publishers who are based in Ireland, have published at least two titles to professional standard and agree to adhere to the Publishing Ireland Members Code of Practice.
- Membership is also open to those working in or with a connection to the publishing industry in Ireland via Associate Membership.
Requirements for membership
- Publishing Ireland offers both Full and Associate membership of the organization.
- Applicants for membership in Publishing Ireland must complete an online application form below.
- To qualify for FULL MEMBERSHIP of Publishing Ireland you must be:
- Actively publishing, a minimum of 2 titles per calendar year
- Trading for more than one year
- Actively offering the minimum 2 titles for sale
- A minimum of two titles must be written by an author other than an employee of the publisher, including the publisher themselves
- The publisher must have undertaken the financial risk associated with the publication of the two minimum titles
People who are engaged in related activities (e.g. freelance proofreading, editorial, publicity or illustration work) may apply for associate membership of Publishing Ireland.
Benefits of Membership:
- Access to member-exclusive events, such as our Spring and Autumn Virtual Fever Pitch with Bookseller and Books to Screen Event
- Publishing Ireland represents publishers on an international level as a member of the International Publishers’ Association and the Federation of European Publishers. These organisations provide comparative information as well as representation in legal and industry specific matters
- Publishing Ireland lobbies, on behalf of the industry, with Government bodies and agencies, especially in the areas of copyright and defamation
- Member companies receive a discount on all Publishing Ireland Training undertaken by themselves and/or their employees
At all times membership of Publishing Ireland is at the discretion of the Publishing Ireland board.