We have launched a series of free, virtual events called ‘Opening the Book’ to demystify publishing as we mark the fifth anniversary of our diversity and inclusion programme, ‘Changing the Story’, with a renewed drive to make publishing more transparent and accessible to under-represented groups. The first part of ‘Opening the Book’ will focus on sharing the realities of working in publishing with people who want to break into the industry, while the second part will focus on aspiring authors.
We have 10 panel discussions hosted and chaired by Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher at Dialogue Books and Patron of ‘Changing the Story’. Each panel focuses on a particular department, with three of our colleagues sharing their first-hand experiences of entry level, mid-level and head of department roles, bringing to life the opportunities and challenges of working in publishing today. Some of the panels are followed by a live Q&A, where attendees will be able to ask the panellists questions on how to get into the industry.