The Life Cycle of the Book: What Publishers Do
'What Publishers’ Do' is the third talk in The Lifecycle of the Book series. The talk aims to give a insight into the role of the publisher in the creation of a book and to dispel misconceptions about the publishers aims in the process.
The Life Cycle of the Book is a series of short evening talks on the different aspects of the publishing process, aimed at both established and aspiring writers and all those interested in how books come to life behind the scenes. The idea is to break down the stages of publishing, from putting pen to page, right through to books coming to our attention through the media. There will be four talks in total, covering ‘The Writing Process’, ‘Getting Published’, ‘What Publishers Actually Do’ and ‘Reaching the Reader’. Each talk will include a panel of three experts, who will discuss their respective experiences with an audience Q&A to follow.
Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has worked in publishing design in Britain and Ireland and for twenty years. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She is also the writer of Irish Thatch (The O’Brien Press 2016).
Brendan Barrington is an editor at Penguin Ireland, where he has published fiction and non-fiction by authors including Molly McCloskey, Brian Dillon, Greg Baxter, Caitríona Palmer, Lia Mills, Tim Robinson and Selina Guinness. He is also the founder and editor of The Dublin Review.
Paul joined Gill Books in 1989 and has over 25 years experience in sales and sales management in the publishing industry.
As Sales Manager, he is responsible for leading the sales team in selling new and stock titles for both Gill Books and agency publishers. He works closely with the marketing and publicity departments on promotions, publicity and jacket design for new titles, and with the editorial department in the development of new products. Paul also coordinates Tourist Books Express, a book merchandising service for the tourist trade.
Prior to joining Gill Books, Paul worked for Harrap Columbus Publishers, London, and Veritas Publishers, Dublin. He is a graduate of Commerce from University College Dublin, and has completed the Marketing Development Programme (UCD) and the UK Export Marketing Programme (FÁS). Paul also has a research MBS degree in Marketing from Dublin City University on the importance of book jacket design for the sale of Irish-interest tourist books. He is a recipient of the Irish Goods Council Marketing Award, and has worked as a mentor to marketing students in the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.