This year’s Publishing Ireland Trade Day offered an impressive variety of speakers from across the publishing spectrum.
A lively discussion on how to predict the pitfalls of publishing called “Winners Vs Losers” was led by Michael O’Brien, O’Brien Press, Fergal Tobin, Irish Times Books and Michael McLoughlin, MD, Penguin Ireland.
Since taking over Books Ireland, Wordwell have been working hard to revamp this great resource for Irish books and the Irish publishing industry. Following their talk “Books Ireland: Working for Irish Books”, Books Ireland were available for a short Q&A session to maximise its relationship with Irish publishers.
Stephanie Boner and Maeve Convery (Publishing Directors with Roads Publishing) were joined by Sarah Davis Goff and Lisa Coen (co-founders of Tramp Press) for a session on what it takes to establish yourself in the industry today called “The Same but Different: The Thrills and Spills of Establishing a New Company and Making Your Voice Stand Out”
For the key event of the day – “Innovate/Create”, Paul Young, CEO and founder of twice Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon spoke on the benefits of thinking outside the box with your business model. Frank Scott-Lennon (founder and publisher of Management Briefs) and Rowena Neville (Director Of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships with Business to Arts) also offered practical business insight into the role of innovation and creation in publishing.