Announcing the Book Marketing Society Mentorship Scheme

POSTED ON: 26/11/19 TAGS:

by katie

We’re pleased to announce our first cross-publisher mentorship scheme for marketers.


Mentoring is a relationship, usually between a senior mentor and a more junior mentee, designed to provide a neutral and confidential space for discussion, to help with shaping careers and navigating areas of development.

The BMS scheme is designed to be reciprocal, with much of the steering coming from the senior partner, but advice on offer where appropriate from the junior partner. While some larger publishers run their own mentorship schemes, this is designed to be complementary – there is a benefit to cross-industry links and different ways of approaching challenges.

The aim of the scheme is to build networks and support best practice across publishers’ marketing teams.

There are 12 places available in the first year.


The mentorship is designed to last for 1 year and each pair commits to meeting at least 3 times over the year. The onus is on the mentee to request a meeting with the mentor checking in if necessary to move things on. We suggest you choose a neutral venue and meet for a coffee –this may need to fall outside work hours but we will leave it to each pair to arrange a suitable time. The suggested meeting duration is 60 to 90 minutes.

For those based outside of London, we recommend arranging meetings via Skype (or equivalent) or by phone.


Mentees should apply by 10th December 2019. Matches will be announced by mid-January 2020.

To apply as a mentee

NB Mentee applicants should have at least six months’ experience in an entry level marketing role

Email by 10th December 2019. Please include in your email:

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Experience to date
  • Location
  • What you would like to gain from a mentorship – please be as detailed as possible in order to help match you
  • Any specific challenges you’d like to address

To volunteer as a mentor

NB Mentors should be of Marketing Manager (or equivalent) level, or above

Email by 10th December 2019. Please include in your email:

  • Name
  • Job title
  • Experience to date
  • Areas of expertise
  • Please let us know if you have mentored before
  • Anything else you think it would be helpful for us to know

If you have any questions, please email

The BMS Mentorship Team are:

  • Niamh Murray, Marketing Director, Profile Books
  • Matt Clacher, Marketing Director, Fourth Estate
  • Celeste Ward-Best, Deputy Marketing Director, Little Brown

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