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How to Join Publishing Ireland


Member Testimonials:

‘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.

Publisher members of Publishing Ireland agree to adhere to Publishing Ireland’s Publishing Ireland Members Code of Practice when working with authors. As a Full Member, you will be eligible to stand for the Board of Publishing Ireland, and have a direct involvement in the way in which your industry is shaped.

A full list of the benefits that come with Full Membership is as follows:

  • Right to attend and vote at the Publishing Ireland AGM
  • Eligible for Board Membership
  • Eligible for Committee Membership
  • Subsidised Training (Full Member discount)
  • Free promotion of book launches and publisher events
  • Free listings for job postings
  • Discounted advertising in Books Ireland and History Ireland (20%)
  • Company profile (including link) on website
  • Inclusion in international publishing events, including The Bookseller Irish focus & Dublin Book Festival Trade Day
  • Access to Members Only area of Publishing Ireland website
  • Subsidised stand space at London and Frankfurt Book Fair

Membership fee: Prices in bands based on turnover



Membership Fee

Network Level


€160 plus VAT

Band A

€0 to €200k

€275 plus VAT

Band B

€200k to €400k

€400 plus VAT

Band C

€400k to €600k

€525 plus VAT

Band D

€600k to €800k

€650 plus VAT

Band E

€800k to €1m

€775 plus VAT

Band F

€1m to €1.5m

€1,100 plus VAT

Band G

€1.5m to €2m

€1,500 plus VAT

Band H

€2m plus

€2,200 plus VAT


Associate Membership is open to all those with a connection to the publishing industry but who may not be currently eligible for full membership. 


A full list of the benefits that come with Associate Membership are as follows:

  • Right to attend the Publishing Ireland AGM
  • Eligible for Committee Membership
  • Subsidised Training (Associate Member discount)
  • Free promotion of book launches and publisher events
  • Discounted listings for job postings
  • Discounted advertising in Books Ireland and History Ireland (10%)

Membership Fee: €160 + VAT per calendar year