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Tahira Rahemtulla

That’s Write! [COMPETITION]

This is a guest post from Tahira Rahemtulla, a senior editor at Unambiguous Edit. Tahira graduated from City University London in 2012, with a Masters in International Publishing. She is now hosting a writing contest, That’s Write!, as a lead of Unambiguous Edit, in collaboration with TLAC Printing and Publishing, BookMachine, and Wildfire Studio.

Writers: you have 102 days!

What’s at the end of 102 days?

The close of the first That’s Write! contest submission!

What is That’s Write!?

That’s Write! is a fiction writing contest organized by four different collaborating groups from the publishing industry.

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miral

5 Questions for Miral Sattar from Bibliocrunch [INTERVIEW]

Host of November’s BookMachine NYC, Bree Weber, talks to speaker on the night Miral Sattar, founder of BiblioCrunch.

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1. What’s your background and how did you get involved in the publishing industry?
I’m an engineer by background, love to write and publish, and also love help other people publish. So, obviously, a natural fit for me would be to combine all three into my own company.

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joe

5 questions for Joe Regal from Zola Books [INTERVIEW]

Host of November’s BookMachine NYC, Bree Weber, talks to speaker on the night Joe Regal, co-founder of Zola Books.

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1. How did your background as a literary agent lead to Zola Books?

What I saw as an agent was that with the rise of digital books, authors were stuck with a royalty rate I didn’t feel was fair – 25% of net – but the problem came not from publishers as much as a retail environment where publishers were being squeezed by an increasingly small group of increasingly powerful retailers, and the publishers were passing on that pain to the writers out of self-preservation.  It seemed really clear that in order to continue to serve writers, I needed to become involved in an effort to bring more diversity to retail, so that publishers would have more outlets for their books, enabling them to continue to nurture writers struggling to start careers…or struggling to maintain careers.

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Chris

3 lessons writers can learn from the music industry

This is a guest blog from Christopher Russell, author of Mockstars, a music novel inspired by his international tour diaries for rock/pop band The Lightyears.

As someone who has spent over a decade in the trenches of the music industry, when I migrated into the book world last year I was delighted to find that everyone in publishing is spectacularly nice to one another. By contrast, rock ’n’ roll is rather less cuddly – and in fact it’s largely for this reason that I think it has prepared me well for life as an aspiring writer.

With this in mind, here are a few of the transferable lessons:

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Evie

On the digital learning platform from Blackwell’s

This is a guest post from Evie Prysor-Jones, Digital Publishing Executive, Blackwell’s Learning platform. (host of next month’s BookMachine London)

Blackwell’s Beginning

On New Year’s Day in 1879 Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened the doors to B.H. Blackwell’s, a 12-foot square bookshop on Broad Street in Oxford. On Tuesday 8th April 2014 Blackwell’s announced to the publishing industry that it was building a digital learning platform for students and academics, and on Monday 15th September 2014, we turned it on.

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PLS

Publisher Relations Administrator at PLS [JOB POSTING]

PLS was established and incorporated in 1981. The role of PLS is to manage collective licensing of copying from print and digital publications including books, journals, magazines and websites.  PLS is currently expanding its scope of activity to respond to publishers’ needs for more central management of their rights as appropriate.

Purpose of role
To clear for distribution the monies held in trust on non-mandating publisher accounts; primarily through researching, identifying, tracing and contacting publishers and inviting them to sign up.  You will work in a small project team reporting to, and working alongside, the Publisher Relations Executive as well as working closely with the Operations team to ensure that the appropriate payments are made.

For more information on this job please click here. To apply, email a CV with covering letter through to s.beynon@pls.org.uk

 

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Justine

5 Steps To Marketing Your Book Now

This is a guest post from Justine Schofield, Development Director, at Pubslush (sponsor of next month’s BookMachine NYC).

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In reality, if you’re still in the process of writing a book that you hope will one day reach a widespread audience, you’re not quite at the point where you should be marketing your book. You are, however, most certainly at the point where you should be marketing yourself as an author.

What do I mean by marketing yourself as an author? You should be building your author platform, which includes finding, engaging and building connections with your audience. Here are 5 steps that will help you do just that and, before you know it, you’ll be marketing your book to the people who actually want to read it. Sounds like a good plan, right?

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Toby Hopkins

Social Media at Getty Images

This is a guest post from Toby Hopkins, Senior Account Manager at Getty Images (sponsor of next month’s BookMachine London).

“Does Getty Images have a social media strategy?” Sam Missingham asked me after one of her tour de force appearances at BookMachine or a similar event.   Myself being new to Getty Images at the time, I couldn’t answer. So I talked to a woman who could. Jen Stanley, based in London, is a member of the global Getty Images social media team.

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Tips on Interviews Using Video and Web Conferencing

More and more, interview via web or video conferencing is becoming commonplace for publishing managers to screen applicants for positions their companies have openings for. Most of the interviews take place, using video, as some candidates may be coming from diverse locations. This is quite usual now as many publishing houses continue to expand their businesses globally, allowing them to also look at candidates from diverse locations outside of their country.

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