New Partnerships launch for BookMachine Members

The idea behind BookMachine membership is to offer you something you can dip in and out of throughout your publishing career, whether you want to expand your network, learn something new, or just have a good time.

At the launch back in April, we promised you discounts and offers from industry-related partners. So here we are with 3 new partners, offering you their services. We hope to see you all at the next event!

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Longlist unveiled for 2015 Man Booker Prize

The initial round of nominees for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been revealed with the unveiling of the 13-strong longlist. Now, for the second year in a row, open to any author writing in English and published in the UK (as opposed to writers from the UK, Ireland, Commonwealth and Zimbabwe alone), the list has a decidedly international bent, featuring a mere three nominees from the UK and five from the USA.

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Go Set a Watchman tops 1.1 million sold in US and Canada

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee’s unexpected companion piece to her sole previous novel, To Kill a Mockingbirdhas sold 1.1 million copies across print and digital in its first six days on release in the US and Canada alone. After going on sale last Tuesday (14/07/2015), the book became the fastest selling title in the history of HarperCollins, with the publisher saying on Monday morning (20/07/2015) that it had gone back to press for a further 1.3 million copies. With an initial run of 2 million, that puts the total number of copies in print at 3.3 million.

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On writing for children: Claire Barker interview

Claire Barker is author of the Knitbone Pepper series for children. The first book comes out on 1st August 2015 (Usborne Children’s Books). Here Stephanie Cox interviews Claire about writing for children and the background behind Knitbone Pepper.

1. Please introduce yourself and give us a brief overview of your career.

Hello! I’m the author of Knitbone Pepper –Ghost Dog. I live on a small farm in North Devon with my husband, daughters and an assortment of animals. In the past I’ve lived in cities, on boats and in townhouses, but I always gravitate back to the countryside. I’ve done lots of different jobs including being an illustrator and a teaching assistant. I suspect my most important writing influence has been being a parent, because it has taught me so much about what children like to hear about. The natural extension of this was to pick up a pen and start writing.

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Open access matters to more than academics, and here’s why

This is a guest post from Alison Jones. Alison is a business and executive coach, content consultant and publisher. After a 23-year career in trade and scholarly publishing working with major publishers such as Oxford University Press and Macmillan, during which she pioneered digital publishing, she set up Alison Jones Business Services and the Practical Inspiration Publishing imprint in 2014.

Scholarly publishing – the making public of research across the various fields of science, social sciences and humanities – has been in a state of disruption for decades now. The classic outputs, little changed for centuries, have been the journal article and the monograph, and the traditional customer and curator of the content remains the university library, but the World Wide Web – originally designed for the communication of scholarly material, of course – disrupted the established print models, and publishers and academics alike have been exploring, exploiting and expanding the possibilities ever since.

But why should you as a non-academic pay any attention? Well, if you care about communicating your ideas, and the most brilliant minds in the world are focused on communicating their ideas in new and innovative ways, it’s probably worthwhile seeing what they are coming up with.

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Junior Designer

Junior Designer [JOB POSTING]

Do you have a passion for good book design and a meticulous eye for detail?

Do you have never-ending ideas and a host of design solutions up your sleeve?

Do you see text as more than just grey matter?

If so, this could be the job for you. Quintessence Editions, part of the Quarto Group, is seeking a talented junior designer to join the young and lively team that produces the highly successful 1001 … Before You Die series and the critically acclaimed … Whole Story series, among many other high-quality illustrated reference books within the fields of art, design, music, film, fashion, literature and history.

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