This is an interview with Tahira Rahemtulla, a senior editor at Unambiguous Edit. Tahira is hosting a writing contest, That’s Write!, as a lead of Unambiguous Edit, in collaboration with TLAC Printing and Publishing, BookMachine, and Wildfire Studio.
1. Tell us a little bit about Unambiguous Edit. Is it a book editing company?
Unambiguous Edit is an online editing service; we used to focus just on books, but our clients were so pleased with the quality of edits and service, we had a lot of demand for other editing services. So now we offer editing for all documents.
November 6. London, New York, Oxford and Brighton – Meet and collaborate with the most inspiring people in the publishing industry today.
A few people have asked, what’s with 4 events? Why on the same day?
We used to stagger events throughout the year, but have now realised that there’s a certain magic around the buzz of hosting them on the same day. From hosts being able to share tips to speakers in different cities realizing that they are part of the same event – it’s definitely a better way to do it.
This time we have some truly inspirational speakers involved, and are basing the event series around just that. Inspiration.
Inspired Selection are kindly sponsoring BookMachine London with Sam Missingham on Tuesday 22nd July. This is a guest post from Suzy Asbury, Managing Director, about the changing world of publishing.
While some sectors within publishing are changing quicker than others and in different ways, it’s safe to say that all are changing fairly rapidly.
Publishing is becoming content creation and content is becoming interactive rather than words on a page. Roles are changing too; marketing is ripening into a data and product driven team and editors are evolving into more technical versions of their former selves. It is almost impossible to move into a job that you’ve already done and the advice I was given at the outset of my career is now the very essence of publishing careers – do something to stretch yourself, not just something you can already do. Take it by the horns and don’t be afraid; a new challenge whether it’s with your current employer or a new one, is the best way to keep on top of the industry and to get ahead.
The market post recession is a completely different place to be in the jobs market. We are finding at Inspired Selection that our candidates are much more focussed on company’s strategic direction, digital plans and growth opportunities. They want to be surrounded by inspirational and visionary people. They are not just looking for more money but an opportunity that is going to stretch them. Career progression is EVERYTHING now.
There has never been a better time to be in publishing. Publishing is pushing all its boundaries. Inspired are sponsoring this event with the BookMachine as it exhibits a great example of how innovative publishers are becoming. Sam Missingham is going to demonstrate how challenging a traditional model can gain you immediate and new access to talent in authors as well as to the readers themselves by creating a virtual community who gather in cyberspace, drawn by their interest in the books.
Inspired are very excited to be in our 15th year. With such a strong team in place at Inspired, we too are growing in the UK and Internationally. This year will see more consultants start with us; coming from publishing backgrounds we train our consultants in recruitment skills. The mix of skills, passion and knowledge makes us a great place for you to come and talk to us about your career and how to get ahead.
Laura from BookMachine also asked what we thought the top skills were that publishers are looking for so I have included a link to our blog where we summarised this following #lbf14.
To get in touch do visit our website www.inspiredselection.com or call us on 02036686733 for a confidential chat.
Curious readers, writers and journalists gathered at The Swan pub on the Southbank last night, for the launch of Filthy Creatures, a poetic tour of some of God’s best loved and most hated creatures.
Following the heartily read readings in which David Williams, the author, was described as: “The Chaucer of the 21st Century”, guests were entertained by the arrival of some live creatures…. Owls, bats and tarantulas; not for the faint-hearted.
A great launch by LiterallyPR
Sam Missingham is Head of Events at HarperCollins. She organised the Romance Festival, which was the first publisher-agnostic virtual event organised by a publisher. She is kindly presenting it as a case study at BookMachine London on 22nd July. We wanted to find out a little bit more before the event.
1) What initially sparked the idea to host the Romance Festival as a virtual event?
Talking to the editorial team from HarperImpulse and Avon – they told me that romance authors and readers were very digitally engaged – which got me thinking as to how we could connect with them and add value to the conversation.
2) Do you think we’ll be seeing many more virtual events over the next few years?
Certainly from HarperCollins, I’m hoping to run similar publisher-agnostic events in crime, fantasy, teen and possibly some other areas too. The Romance Festival showed that if you focus on what readers and authors would like out of an event, delivering a virtual festival with these elements is a fairly easy way to connect, engage and add value.
3) How could the book industry and rights networks adapt to, use and benefit from virtual events?
I’m sure more of our interactions and deals could be done using online platforms like Google Hangouts. As an industry, I’m not sure we are maximising the potential offered by these free communication channels. But, I’m also a great believer in touching the flesh, so long live Frankfurt and London Book fair as far as I’m concerned.
4) What is next for the events team at HarperCollins?
I’m organising an event with George RR Martin and Robin Hobb. To say it’s an exciting event to work on is an understatement.
5) Finally, could we please have a sneak peek of what you’re going to talk about at BookMachine?
I’m going to talk about the Romance Festival as a case study, so what our objectives were, how we went about it, things we learned and then results. Very happy to be very open and answer any questions along the way.
What do you think? Join us on 9th July from 11am GMT to discuss online during #BookMachine Booksylibros. Sign up here.
“Even though we communicate through email nowadays, the fact that book fairs and events are all year round shows us just how important it still is to meet face-to-face. I believe that even in an online era in the future, when we are even more engaged in a digital way of life – that real events, and gatherings, will gain more power and meaning than ever.”
Maria Cardona Serra, Agent, Pontas Literary & Film Agency
I genuinely hope so. With so many online communication channels available, I think we should be using them all more often, certainly. They offer untold opportunities for engaging with our many different audiences. However, I am also a huge fan of meeting people in real life. The book industry is full of fabulous people who are mostly very sociable. Nothing can recreate real interaction and the odd glass of wine.”
Sam Missingham, Head of Events, Harper Collins
“Books have a subjective value and so require conversation and this will always work well face-to-face – which is why the industry is seen as a personal one – therefore there will always be a place for face-to-face meetings. However, this is no longer restricted to those with the time and financial resources to attend book fairs etc around the world and business no longer needs to be restricted to when those events happen – online platforms completely open up the market for business to be completed. Therefore, online platforms will provide the main current of business with face-to-face events operating on a smaller scale providing centres for closing business.”
Tom Chalmers, Managing Director, IPR License
What do you think? Join us on 9th July from 11am GMT to discuss online during #BookMachine Booksylibros. Sign up here.
Not long to go until our face-to-face meetings at London publishing events are replaced by virtual meet-ups. Where the familiarity of shaking someone’s hand is replaced by the opening of a Webcam.
This idea is just evolving. In June 2014, HarperCollins hosted its first ever virtual Romance Festival. If you were lucky enough to take part you’ll know that it was attended by several of the biggest authors in the world, as well as a number of industry experts.
Sam Missingham, Head of Events at HarperCollins, who organised the festival is kindly presenting it as a case study at a new London Publishing Event – BookMachine London on 22nd July. It was the first publisher-agnostic virtual event organised by a publisher ever, and we are chuffed that Sam will be joining us to present and answer questions about the London Publishing event.
We would really like to thank Inspired Selection for sponsoring this event. Inspired Selection is a specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to serving the publishing industry, across all markets, both in traditional print and digital media. The Inspired Selection team will also be attending BookMachine London on 22nd July.
In one of our more lucid moments we decided that today is Praise a Publisher day. There’s now a search feature on BookMachine.me, which means that you can find people you have worked with and recommend them. Every time someone is recommended on the site, they get listed higher on the page.
To enter the competition, all you need to do is:
- Find someone you want to recommend on BookMachine.me
- Recommend them (140 characters maximum)
- Click on ‘Share’ and tweet the recommendation using #BookMachine
- At the end of the week we will pick a winner at random
(prize tbc – we promise it will be good!)
BookMachine.me is the only spot on the Web designed specifically for finding and recommending publishing professionals. It allows you to build a profile to show off your skills and then to build lists of people you might want to contact in the future.
We would also like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has given feedback on the site. Please keep it coming!
Last week, 10 outstanding authors presented their novels at CompletelyNovel and LiterallyPR‘s ‘One Big Book Launch‘.
Even the tube strike didn’t stop hoards of existing fans, and curious readers attending the event which gave the independent authors the opportunity to simultaneously launch their books.
Being read to is somewhat cathartic. When we read to ourselves, we are taken on a journey, but we dictate the speed and impact of the words. When someone who has written a novel or a play reads the text, as it was meant to be communicated; as a listener you have no choice but to relax, and take in the story.
So #OBBL was inspiring. It was moving to hear authors themselves reading through their own work. I was slightly in awe of the way each author took something so close to their heart; and read it to a room full of strangers – seeing their reaction to the final version.
I’d like to go to more events like #OBBL, more events where authors get to ‘go on tour’ and get the kind of publicity that can only be achieved by an event of this scale.
I took home The Clean Collection by Sabrina Mahfouz. A collection of plays and poems that Sabrina eloquently and expertly read from at the event. Not something I would have normally picked off the shelf as I tend to read non-fiction, but I was influenced by the sheer impact of hearing the spoken word.
Well done to all the organisers. It was a great evening and there’s plenty to think about in terms of raising the profile of independent authors.
If you’ve ever organised an event in London, you’ll know that the list of possibilities is endless. With publishing types travelling in from all corners, we try to keep BookMachine events as central as possible. So far, at our London publishing events, we have congregated in edgy Soho, media-centric Fitzrovia and Islington; we’re now moving to Covent Garden, to the Adam Street Club.
There’s lots going on at Adam Street for technology-types working around the media industry. Having our events there will help us attract non-publishing-types with interest in the industry, and readers who are keen to find out more.
Below are the dates we’re hosting our next events at the club. Get them in your diary, and sign up to our mailing list to find out more about speakers, themes and other publishing-related banter.
Thursday 22nd May (Blook launch – tickets available)
Tuesday 22nd July
Tuesday 23rd September
Tuesday 18th November