“The Society of Young Publishers is delighted to announce a new mentoring scheme for
young publishing professionals in 2014.
Intended to help young SYP members to build contacts and advance in their chosen
field, the scheme will feature successful, dynamic young mentors from five different areas of publishing. In a departure from traditional one-on-one mentoring arrangements, each will mentor 5–10 young professionals in their own area of expertise over five group sessions, meeting in London roughly every 2 months for the remainder of the year.
Confirmed mentors include: Auriol Bishop, Creative Director at Hodder (design and
brand management); Sophia Blackwell, Marketing Manager at Bloomsbury (marketing
and publicity); Chrissy Charalambides, Key Account Manager at Penguin Random
House (sales); Hellie Ogden, Agent at Janklow & Nesbitt (author representation); Max
Porter, Senior Editor at Granta (editorial skills); and Mark Richards, Editorial Director
at John Murray Press (editorial skills).
SYP Vice Chair Federico Andornino said: “Talking with our fellow SYP committee
members – all young publishing professionals in the early steps of their careers – we
realised we needed a tool to help those who find themselves in a similar situation.”
SYP Chair 2014 Helen Youngs added: “The SYP’s aim has always been to inspire and
help people learn and progress in this ever-changing industry, and we could not be more thrilled to have such a fantastic group of mentors on board.”
SYP members under the age of 30, who have been working in publishing for between
one and five years, will be able to apply for the scheme by emailing a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 March 2014.
More information on the mentor scheme and how to apply will be available on the SYP’s
website: thesyp.org.uk/mentor-scheme. Press enquiries should be directed to Rebecca
Needes at email@example.com.”