Demystifying the Business of Books

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Demystifying the Business of Books

An Interactive Webinar Series

Date: Begins January 31, 2023
Cost: Free with registration

What kinds of roles exist in publishing? And what do they involve day to day?

The Canadian Publishers’ Council is opening our doors to introduce you to some of our colleagues from different publishing companies who all work in the creation of books, from design to editorial to distribution. A career in publishing is both challenging and rewarding. It combines a love of books with a keen sense of business and offers a variety of work environments in large or small publishers, with interests ranging from literary to academic, children’s, educational, and commercial. Speakers will cover a wide range of experience from various trade and educational publishing houses across Canada, including Penguin Random House Canada, HarperCollins Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Scholastic and more.

Doors Open Publishing is an interactive webinar series curated by the Canadian Publishers’ Council in a commitment to transparency, accessibility and diversity within Canadian publishing. We welcome all participants, including those who identify with communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the Canadian publishing industry including, but not limited to, those who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of colour; members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community; and persons with disabilities.

This webinar series will:

  • Provide an overview of a wide range of publishing departments, including editorial, sales, marketing, contracts and permissions, digital, and more, from industry professionals of all levels of experience, before entering an interactive Q&A session.
  • Promote publishing as a career option to those just starting their careers, those looking for a career change, and anyone who previously believed that publishing didn’t hold a space for them.
  • Demystify the publishing industry in order to foster a more inclusive Canadian publishing landscape for years to come.

How You Can Participate

All Doors Open Publishing webinar sessions will take place over Zoom and are free of charge to all participants who register, using the links below.

The series will begin on January 31, 2023 and will run through February 8, 2023. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Exact dates, times and topics are outlined in the program description below.

Please note that there will be multiple sessions per day, and that registering for one day will grant you access to any and all sessions scheduled that day, but you can attend however many sessions you choose (i.e., there is no issue if you would like to attend only one session). Registering for all four days will grant you access to all nine sessions. Recorded sessions will be available on the CPC website following the conclusion of the event.

For more information, including details about the sessions, and to register visit Doors Open Publishing.

Want to learn more about starting a career in publishing? Doors Open Publishing is a 9 session webinar series where speakers will provide insights into different publishing departments, including editorial, production, contracts and permissions, and more! | To register and learn more, visit


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