International Book Trade Advice
6 May 2020
These sessions were due to take place in Edinburgh
on 6 and 7 May but dates and times for video calls
will now be arranged individually to suit.
Consultant Simon Littlewood will be meeting with
publishers to provide individual advice about international book
trade. Publishers will be asked to complete a pre-meeting
questionnaire so that the advice can be tailored to their
Most of the 45 minute slots have now been
confirmed but if you want to register your interest in case a slot
becomes available, contact Joan Lyle firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
About Simon Littlewood
Now an adviser, consultant and coach to a range of
book industry companies and government organisations, Simon has
held positions in trade, academic and professional, educational,
and illustrated publishing in the UK for over 30 years.
A member of Macmillan's Graduate Recruitment
Scheme, where he gained experience of sales, marketing and
editorial management both at home and overseas, he later took
senior roles at Phaidon Press and Headline Book Publishing before
becoming International Director of The Random House Group (now part
of Penguin Random House) in 1997, a post he held until 2014. During
successive phases of expansion at Random House he oversaw strategic
developments in Europe and East Asia as well as leading the
start-up of Random House India in New Delhi. Under his stewardship
Random House won the British Book Award for Export in three
successive years from 2005 to 2007.
From 2009 to 2011 Simon was Chair of the UK
Publishers Association's International Board, leading copyright
protection campaigns jointly with the PA's International Director.
He has been closely involved in publishing education for many
years, giving seminars on a range of courses, and sitting on the
Industry Advisory Board of the Oxford International Centre for
Since 2014 he has represented the UK PA on the
Executive of the Federation of European Publishers in Brussels, and
from 2014 to 2019 he fulfilled the same role at the International
Publishers Association in Geneva. He is a trustee of the Orchestra
of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, and lives in Oxford.