When I worked in house, I saw the rights people flying off to book fairs, the sales and marketing folks going to trade fairs, and the digital people attending conferences to geek out and speculate about where publishing is headed. Never did I see the managing editor or production staff—those who actually made the books real—meeting professionals in the same role from other houses to talk shop. That was a real pity, because I’m sure we all had a lot to learn from one another.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, I’ll be facilitating an event that I hope will redress that imbalance. EAC-BC and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing will be co-hosting PubPro 2013, an unconference-style professional development event for managing editors, production editors, publication directors, editorial coordinators, and everyone else who performs essentially the same role: publications project management. The agenda is set at the start of the day by the participants, who are invited to consider giving a presentation or leading a discussion on a topic of interest.
You’ll find more information about the event on the EAC-BC site here. In the meantime, save the date, spread the word (official hashtag #PubPro2013) and, if you’re interested in getting event updates, contact me to be added to a mailing list. I promise not to spam you.