Carly Watters

On being a VP and Senior Literary Agent and blogger: Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent at the P.S Literary Agency. Since joining the agency in 2010 and becoming a VP in 2014 Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad with acclaimed women’s fiction author Taylor Jenkins Reid being published in 14 languages around the world. Her blog has thrice been awarded the Writer’s Digest distinction of ‘101 Best Blogs for Writers.’ You can follow her @carlywatters – this is an interview led by Norah Myers.

1. Please take us through a day in the life of your work as an agent.

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Publishing: the next 5 years [OPINION]

In the run up to Publishing: the next 5 years, BookMachine will be featuring a number of opinions about what might be next for the industry. This is a guest blog from Ami Greko. Ami recently relocated from working for Goodreads in New York to working for Penguin Random House in London. Outside of the office she founded Book Camp NYC, an unconference for publishing types, and co-created a soup zine (called Stock Tips) that was well over-funded on Kickstarter. 

In the next five years, I think we’ll see a wildly successful book-ish tech startup. I don’t mean a startup oriented around books. I mean a publishing startup created by and for those of us with towering stacks of books taking over every flat surface of the home.

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Publishing Scotland launches a £25k Translation Fund

Publishing Scotland is launching a new Translation Fund, on behalf of Creative Scotland. Designed to encourage international publishers to translate works by Scottish writers, the fund will be launched this evening at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The purpose of the fund is to support publishers based outside the United Kingdom to buy rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers. The funding will be received in the form of a grant.

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Short Story, Tall Order: On adapting short fiction for digital audiences

This is a guest post from Jasmin Kirkbride. Jasmin is a regular blogger for BookMachine and Editorial Assistant at Periscope Books (part of Garnet Publishing). She is also a published author and you can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride

There’s no way around it: short fiction is having a moment. With events like the London Short Story Festival growing an extraordinary amount each year, the publishing industry’s liminal little brother is taking its fair share of the limelight. And it’s got a few things to teach us into the bargain.

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Bookseller Rising Star

On working at Nosy Crow and organising events: Tom Bonnick interview

We last interviewed Tom Bonnick, Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow, after his big win at the IPG awards earlier this year. We clearly can’t get enough of him! Here Stephanie Cox interviews Tom about his role at Nosy Crow and his recent nomination as a Bookseller Rising Star.

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

I’m the business development manager at Nosy Crow, where I’ve worked for the past four years. It’s quite a wide-ranging role: I work on all of our digital and audio publishing, web development, digital marketing and social media, event planning, and other kinds of new business.

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New to publishing – a journey

This is a guest post from Amber Bullingham. Amber is 26 and has been working in the publishing industry as a desk editor for nine months. She originally studied biology and has a keen interest in science communication. You can follow Amber on Twitter @sciencythings13

A career in publishing was never on my radar, and my route into it has been a little unorthodox and taken a few years, but now I am here I cannot imagine doing anything else!

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Trends in Publishing

BIC’s New Trends in Publishing Seminar 2015 [EVENT]

Having spent just over a year in my position as Business Manager at Book Industry Communication, it’s pleasing to find that conversation within the book industry remains as lively and stimulating as ever.

At BIC, we want to help shape debate; debate generates ideas and ideas lead to progress. The book industry, as it currently stands, is arguably still in a transitional phase and is, as a result, frequently changing. These transitional periods are bound to throw up challenges and also opportunities – for people new to the industry and old-hands alike – as one wave of ideas is superseded by another. So if, like me, you’re hoping to keep abreast of everything going on in the book industry of late, we have an event for you to help inform you about some of the latest trends out there.

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Publishing focuses on Chinese market for BIBF

The Chinese book market continues to generate much interest amongst IPR members and with the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) only weeks away these conversation are inevitably becoming more and more frequent.

Even with economic changes, it remains a huge marketplace and continues to court attention from a raft of international publishers. While the publishing industry has become stagnant in established western markets such as the US, UK and Germany, according to data collected by industry consultant Ruediger Wischenbart, the Chinese market grew 9 per cent in 2013 year-on-year. With more than 444,000 titles in 2013, publishing become a $12.4bn industry in China which, according to the China Publisher’s Yearbook, was the largest in the world after the US.

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On launching an independent press: Jamie McGarry interview

Valley Press is an independent publisher of poetry, non-fiction and fiction, founded in 2008, and run as a full-time business since January 2011. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Valley Press founder Jamie McGarry about setting up a new press and how it all came about.

1. Tell us the story of how Valley Press came about.

The short version: after an unsuccessful attempt to become a Primary School teacher, I fell into an English Literature degree, and then realised this was not a subject that was going to make me highly employable. I had been making books of various kinds since the age of 6, so decided to start doing that a bit more purposefully, to enhance my CV – using the name Valley Press, as I lived on Valley Road at that time. It was the summer of 2008.

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