Publishing Insights Day 2024 at Manchester Metropolitan University

If you live in the UK and are considering a career in book publishing, Publishing Insights Day 2024 is an event you don’t want to miss. This affordable, one-day event on June 6, 2024 is put on  by Comma Press and Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester UK). It’s a day to learn about the publishing industry and some of the roles within it.
Event highlights include:
  • A keynote by Sam Missignham, founder of The Empowered Author.
  • A panel discussion by UK publishing professionals on how to develop your career in book publishing, even if you live outside of London.
  • An introduction to publishing by Ra Page, founder of Comma Press.
  • A series of discussions on the various roles in publishing including, editorial, book design, sales, publicity and marketing, agenting, and rights.
  • A discussion on how to start your own press by Bookseller Small Northern Press of the Year winner, Isabelle Kenyon., and how to start your own publishing company.
  • A 30-minute talk that provides tips on what publishers are looking for during the job interview process.

Anyone interested in entering the world of book publishing and those early in their publishing careers are encouraged to attend. Do events like this open doors? Just ask George Forster, Marketing and Publicity Officer for Comma Press. “Speaking as a MMU Publishing graduate who got their leg up into the industry through another Comma partnered event, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from the pros and kickstart your career in publishing.”

Here are additional event details:
Date and Time: Thursday, 6 June (9:00 – 17:00)
Location: Grosvenor East Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Price: £49.46 for non-students and £30 for students. Discounts are also available for students and those underrepresented in publishing.and those underrepresented in publishing. To express interest in the discounted tickets, contact
Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets.

I've been in the book publishing space for 20 years as a two-time founder, CEO, and board member. I just completed 5+ years on the board of directors of DropCap, a company I co-founded in in 2018. DropCap's software platform helps book publishing companies in the US, Canada and the UK market, monetize and manage the translation rights for their titles. From 2006-2016, I was CEO/Founder of Hillcrest Media Group, a book publishing technology company that grew from an idea I had rollerblading in 2006 to a 30-person business that published more than 11,000 titles. In 2016, I sold Hillcrest to Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM). You can reach me at

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