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Laura Summers

Laura Summers

Laura co-founded BookMachine and is Head of Marketing at YUDU Media. She is into digital marketing, social media and EdTech. You'll find her tweeting @laurasummersnow
How to set up a publishing house

How to set up a publishing house: Red Button Publishing

Caroline Goldsmith and Karen Ings founded Red Button Publishing in 2012. Like many professionals working with books, the idea of running their own publishing house had always appealed to them. Red Button published their fourth novel last summer. We wanted to find out some of the challenges and lessons learned from starting up from scratch, so here’s our interview with Caroline.

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Design an image [COMPETITION]

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Everyone we know is either super frantically busy with end of year deadlines or twiddling their thumbs, nursing hangovers and waiting for that last day of work to arrive. There are those who fall somewhere in-between of course, and this competition is aimed at all of you. Well, all of you with design talent.

On your BookMachine.me profile you’ve got a cover image a bit like on Facebook, but they are the same for all profiles. (see this one designed by HLStudios after our 2013 competition). If you have a promoted profile, you can change the image, otherwise they are set for all users.

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Tahira Rahemtulla

An exciting contest for writers [INTERVIEW]

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.

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Laura Austin BookMachine

Inspiration for publishers in 4 cities

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.

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BookMachine Talks to Inspired about the Changing World of Publishing

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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.

http://inspiredselection.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/what-do-publishers-want/

To get in touch do visit our website www.inspiredselection.com or call us on 02036686733 for a confidential chat.

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Tarantula spotted at book launch last night

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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

 

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5 Questions for Sam Missingham, Head of Events at HarperCollins

 

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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.

Eventbrite - BookMachine London with Sam Missingham of HarperCollins Publishers

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