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From book blogger to independent publisher

This is a guest blog by Thom Cuell. Thom is the Managing Director of Dodo Ink, an independent publisher specialising in difficult and daring fiction. His writing has appeared in 3am Magazine, The Weeklings and The Literateur, and he has an MA in English and American Literature from The University of Manchester.

From the outside, the publishing world can seem like a scary place. The image of the stuffy Old Boys’ club might be a little outdated, but breaking in is still tough. Moving to London, or taking an unpaid internship, isn’t for everyone. But are there alternative routes into publishing? I’d like to tell you a bit about how I went from amateur book blogger to Managing Director of an independent press.

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Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency: Karen Brodie interview

Karen Brodie is Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency and was recently picked as a BookSeller Rising Star. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Karen about her career so far, and some of the work she is responsible for at The Reading Agency.

1. Please introduce yourself and give an overview of your career so far.

I’m Head of Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency. I started in publishing in Edinburgh and then worked at HarperCollins and Penguin in the rights departments. I expanded my international experience at the British Council, working on literature projects overseas to strengthen cultural relations for the UK, including the first literature festival in Kurdish Iraq, a language-learning radio programme where I interviewed authors for broadcast across Africa and an Arabic-English translation conference. I moved to Istanbul to manage the Turkish partnerships and programme for Turkey Market Focus at The London Book Fair and stayed a second year in Turkey as Head of Arts extending my arts experience to work on film, fashion, visual arts, music and digital projects. I returned to London with the Iran team to develop the British Council’s UK-Iran programme. Nine months ago I took the job at The Reading Agency. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had such interesting experiences and have met lots of inspiring people.

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Transferable Skills in Creative Industries – A photo/twitter blog

Top professionals today are able to apply their skills to a range of industries, helping them to become the best in their chosen field. In an environment where adapting to new markets and industries is the new normal, how do you go about transitioning into a new role? What are the best ways to gain new expertise? Does the publishing industry have a skills gap to fill?

Speakers Stephanie Hall (Resourcing Manager at Harper Collins), Jon Ingold (Co-founder of inkle) and Louise Rice (Touchpress) addressed these questions and more in a lively talk in this sell-out event.

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16 Transferable skills to think about

Bookcareers.com , the careers consultancy for the book industry, has helped numerous people move into publishing from other industries and transfer from sector to sector within publishing. Bookcareers is 16 years old this month (you can watch their birthday video here http://bit.ly/1MmuKnc). Its founder Suzanne Collier celebrates by identifying 16 transferrable skills for BookMachine readers, ahead of tomorrow’s event.

If you are looking to make a shift in your career, the key is to focus on your transferable skills. These are skills that are key to any industry, and not unique to book publishing. Here is a quick run through of a few:

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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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