IPG to host new International Publishing Forum in March 2021 

The Independent Publishers Guild will help publishers connect with new partners and grow their sales and at a virtual International Publishing Forum on 9 and 10 March 2021.

The new event will see the IPG facilitate one-to-one meetings with a wide range of UK and international retailers, publishers, distributors, suppliers and experts. There will be special hours set aside for networking and informed discussions in specific areas of publishing including trade, children’s, academic and professional sectors, and online content to help members improve their knowledge of markets. As well as structured networking sessions, the state-of-the art event platform will have interactive features that are designed to encourage chance meetings between attendees over the two days.

The International Publishing Forum aims to fill a gap in publishers’ opportunities for new business development, following the cancellation of book fairs and much-reduced international travel over the last 12 months. It builds on the IPG’s long experience of connecting publishers with retailers, experts and international partners at its conferences and on collective stands at the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs, and follows the IPG’s delivery of very successful online Spring and Autumn Conferences in 2020.

The International Publishing Forum will be free to attend for all publishers, with members of the IPG receiving priority access to meetings and other features. Various sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available for suppliers and service providers who are seeking to connect with publishers.

IPG Chief Executive Bridget Shine said: “We know that many IPG members badly missed book fairs in 2020 and have been short on chances to connect with current and potential customers and partners. Our International Publishing Forum is an excellent new way to combine the IPG’s strengths in networking and online event delivery, and help publishers strengthen their contacts and do better business.”


One-to-one meeting slots for the International Publishing Forum will open in February, and details of participants will be announced over the coming weeks. Any business that is interested in participating in the event should contact the IPG at nikki@independentpublishersguild.com

Dates for your diary

  • Diversity and Inclusivity Action Group meeting: Tuesday 26 January
  • Rights Meeting: Wednesday 27 January
  • Sustainability Action Group meeting: Thursday 25 February
  • IPG International Publishing Forum: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March 
  • IPG Spring Conference: Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May

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