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  • Writer's pictureBelle Kenyon

Uniting Authors and Aspiring Publishers: The Success of the Latest Northern Publishers' Fair

The Northern Publishers' Fair, organized by Isabelle Kenyon of Fly on the Wall Press, has become a highly anticipated event for both book lovers and industry professionals in the North. The latest fair, held at Manchester Central Library on the 29th of April, saw an increase of one-third more attendees, with many appreciative readers, authors and aspiring publishers in search of connections and opportunities.

One significant finding at the fair was the number of authors seeking a northern publisher who aligns with their values. The North has a rich literary history, and many writers are looking for publishers who understand and appreciate the region's unique voice and perspective. As the publishing industry becomes more diverse and inclusive, authors are also seeking publishers who reflect those values.

Another finding at the fair was the increasing number of people looking for career pathways into publishing. The industry can be notoriously difficult to break into, with many entry-level positions requiring previous experience or internships. The fair saw a surge in attendees looking to connect with publishers and learn about potential job opportunities.

Though many publishing houses are opening branches in the North, many aspiring publishers find it challenging to secure internships due to a lack of available positions. Some publishers at the fair acknowledged this challenge and offered advice on alternative paths into the industry, such as developing freelance skills.

The Northern Publishers' Fair is a shining example of how a community can come together to celebrate literature and support the industry. By bringing together publishers and authors from across the North, the fair provides a much-needed space for connection and networking. It also highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in the publishing industry, as well as the need for more accessible career pathways. We can't wait to see what the next fair holds.

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