This is a very basic introduction to XML (extensible markup language). If you think that XML is exclusively for techie people or you don’t really know what it is at all, this post is for you.
This is a guest post from author Judith Summers, who is currently storming the Kindle charts with her book Dear Sister. I’ve been a No.5 bestseller in the past, I’ve been a No.4 bestseller – but it’s taken thirty years of being an author, ten published books and the advent of Kindle for me to […]
Tom Chalmers is Managing Director at IPR License. Are all authors fully aware of all the rights they hold to their work? Are too many missing out on potential revenue streams by ignoring overseas markets? How many understand their ownership of worldwide book rights? The sometimes apparently mysterious art of book rights can often be […]
Co-instigator of BookMachine, Gavin, is running the London Marathon on 21st April in support of Book Aid. It’s very tempting, when training for a marathon, to spend as much time reading about the theory of running, as actually running. If you’ve fallen in to this trap, and I certainly did for a while, you’re as […]
Many design companies, like us here at HL Studios, come from a print or web-based background and have had to do some serious upgrading (of software, equipment and especially skills) to keep up with the multitude of digital devices available on the market today. Designing for these devices is quite complex, as each device has […]
This is a guest post from Arundati Dandapani, who has degrees in English and Publishing and has studied, worked and travelled in India, USA and the UK. Today she finishes a fixed-term tenure at Lion Hudson as an ebooks assistant in Oxford, and is gearing up for the e-launch of her first novel and the […]
In an ambitious attempt to target those fuzzier (and I don’t mean cuddly) sides of publishing, this week Ben Goddard, Business Manager for Digital at Little, Brown, talks us through metadata and why it’s more than your job is worth to not know your data from your, em, data.
If you were to job swap for a week; could you do what your colleagues do – and do it well? Could you manage a schools marketing campaign or an author tour? Could you line edit a cook book with consistency, while taking in changes from a live photo shoot? How about the lesser […]
This is a guest post from Anna Lewis, who co-founded the book technology company CompletelyNovel with Oli Brooks in 2008. Since then, they have created CompletelyNovel.com, a community powered book-publishing platform bringing modern publishing tools to an online network of readers, writers and publishers. You can follow Anna on Twitter via @anna_cn and @completelynovel. There […]
Jamie-Lee Nardone is Publicity Manager for Duckworth Publishers and is on Twitter: @JamieBookPR. She never turns down a glass of red or Ben’s cookie. Duckworth are always looking for people interested in work experience so feel free to get in touch: Jamie@duckworth-publishers.co.uk. Some might say I was a late bloomer when it comes to the publishing […]
Publishing Companies are making transitional changes, and discoverability of Website content is key to growth. Laura Austin reports on 3 ways Publishing Companies can increase website traffic in 2012.
When I left university I knew I wanted to work in publishing. I jumped straight in and got in touch with The Publishing Training Centre and luckily secured an internship. One attractive benefit of being an intern at The Publishing Training Centre is that you are allowed to attend a course of your choice. Having […]
Felice Howden has been writing short stories for online publications for several years. Here she talks about the re-emergence of the short story. In the style of so many 90s TV shows, the short story is making a comeback, and if you think Captain Planet is cool as hell, you ain’t seen nothin’. While huge […]
How do we organize our bi-monthly BookMachine tweetups alongside full time jobs? Well, doing this has only become possible in the last few years, and all thanks to social media. We spend just two to three hours a week on promoting our events. Here are the top five free tools that help us out: (this […]
I’ve been producing Kindle-ready ebooks for a while now. Through a process of trial and error (sometimes it’s been a trial, and I’ve made lots of errors…) I’ve realised that the whole experience needn’t need tooooo difficult, provided you keep a few basic do’s and don’ts in mind… This post is part of BookMachine’s #kindleweek. […]
Printed books will never really go away. They’ll be superseded by e-books, sure. They’ll become a minority interest. They’ll be treated as relics of a bygone age, one where you had to actually leave the house to, y’know, get stuff. But just as vinyl records have survived in the sweaty-but-carefully-dust-gloved hands of music geeks, and […]
Ustwo’s Nursery Rhymes iPad app by most measures is a success. An innovative interactive ebook, by mid-June after less than four months it had shifted over 37,000 copies, was subject to rave reviews and benefited from being promoted several times by Apple itself. Most developers would be extremely pleased. The only downside: £60,000 spent, […]
Over at BookMachine’s LinkedIn group of late, there’s been some chatter around the subject of publishing courses. With this in mind, we’ll be aiming to post details of courses we see coming up that might just be worth a look. First up, is The Complete Digital Publisher.
Becky Hearne is a former bookshop Events Coordinator, and has run book launches, talks, school events and unusual book-related fun, such as literary speed dating. She now does freelance editorial and PR work for various publishers and authors, including Carnegie-longlisted author Nicola Morgan. She’s on Twitter: @bookshop_becky. 1. I’ll start with the obvious: being nice matters. […]
We all know that training is good for us, whether that be joining a gym or learning a new skill, but if you already work in publishing and have already studied publishing, should you still do additional courses? Here are five reasons to do vocational training…