When I started out in the publishing industry, I quickly learned that it is a community filled with people just like me. People who’d rather stay in on a Friday night with a book than go out dancing. People who found solace in traveling to far away places in the comfort of their home. I also learned that there is an association with a group of people who put time and effort to ensure that our little publishing community has opportunities to meet new friends and to network. They go by the name of Canadian Book Professionals’ Association and if you’re not following them on Twitter, on Facebook or if you haven’t visited their website, there is no time like the present.
This is also a great time to promote their upcoming event. As the title of this post suggests, if you’re a publishing students and interns, you’re going to want to come out to this event. It’s called the Mentor Mash Event and yours truly will be one of the people present to answer your questions and help “mentor” up-and-coming publishing professionals. A description of the event is quoted below from the CanBPA website,
On May 21st, the Canadian Book Professionals’ Association will be hosting an evening event at the Cadillac Lounge, designed to facilitate introductions and networking opportunities for those new to the industry. In what can be best described as a “group speed date,” students, up-and-coming professionals, and individuals hoping to get a foot in the door of Canadian publishing will have the opportunity to meet with industry veterans and virtuosos.
We’ve recruited experts from as many fields within the publishing industry as possible. Below, our star-studded list of experts:
Production: Valentina Capuani (Random House of Canada)
Sales: Sarah Labrie (Scholastic Canada)
Agent: Ali McDonald (The Rights Factory)
Publicity: Evan Munday (Coach House Books)
Design: Ingrid Paulson (Ingrid Paulson Design)
Digital Marketing: Lindsey Reeder (Random House of Canada)
Editorial: Alana Wilcox (Coach House Books)
How it will work:
There will be 8–10 of tables with five people at each table. Attendees can settle in with a drink while our
experts move from table to table, meeting with each group for fifteen minutes. Each of them will give a short talk about their area of expertise, followed by an informal Q&A session.
This event will cost $10. Pre-registration is necessary. To secure a spot, you must reserve a ticket through Eventbrite (http://mentormash.eventbrite.ca). Payment will be at the door on the night of the event (cash only).
For more information, please see our website or the event page, or email us your questions and someone will get back to you shortly.
REMEMBER This is just one of many fun events that CanBPA organizes, so be sure to keep up to date with them online for continued innovative and interactive events.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you on May 21st.