We decided to recognise the talented writing on the site by launching a blogging award. Using Google analytics we picked the most viewed blog posts of 2015 and asked readers to vote for their favourite.
The winning blogger of 2015, as picked by BookMachine readers, is Juliet Mushens. Juliet will be winning an annual BookMachine membership, a bottle of something tasty, and a selection of BookMachine blooks.
We will also be extending the award to Norah Myers, who took the initiative to contact and interview Juliet on behalf of BookMachine. A huge thanks to Norah for making this all happen.
If you think you have what it takes to write a winning blog for publishing professionals in 2016, email Sam with your idea.
As a reminder the blog posts were:
1. Blogger: Nick Robinson
This blog abandons the theory that ‘content is always king’ and establishes what replaced this in 2015.
2. Blogger: Mike Shatzkin
This blog summarises succinctly what authors should think about to ensure they have a basic online marketing strategy in place.
3. Blogger: Juliet Mushens
Juliet uses Social Media a lot (has over 14,000 followers on Twitter). Here she shares some tips for publishers and authors.
4. Blogger: Chris Ward
This blog announced the publication of two more Terry Pratchett novels, following on from the author’s death.
5. Blogger: Ricardo Fayet
Ricardo suggests that ISBNs could be replaced with a new system, based on using the data more intelligently.
6. Blogger: Christopher Norris
This post had the most number of comments of all blogs in 2015 – it is a list of 24 insights into the future of publishing.
In the first of an occasional series, 3D: Three Questions on Design, Toby Hopkins of Getty Images asks Martin Stockham, the man behind new electronic publishing house Monza Books about designing for digital. Monza’s first publications, The Racing Car: Ferrari 250 GTO by Doug Nye, newly updated with a foreword by Pink Floyd drummer and race car collector Nick Mason, and The Racing Car: Porsche 917 by Ray Hutton, just released, are both available from Monza’s site.
Sherna Khambatta founded Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency in 2007 after gaining a Msc. in Publishing. At the time, the publishing system in India didn’t have many agents so she saw this as an opportunity to bring in a certain amount of structure into the industry and help authors get their work sold. Here Stephanie Cox interviews her.
Sarah O’Halloran is a brand new literary agent working at the Madeleine Milburn Agency. She began her career at The Agency (London) Ltd, before working at Curtis Brown and The Marsh Agency. Most recently she was a literary scout at Louise Allen-Jones Associates where she worked across all markets with a particular focus on children’s and YA.
Nathan Connolly is the Publishing Director of Dead Ink Books. Dead Ink was founded in 2010, set up with funding from Arts Council England as a digital-only press. At a time when ebooks were really just starting to blow up, Dead Ink were experimenting with what a book could be. Dead Ink’s focus is now based on two strands: the first is to develop the careers of new literary authors and the second is to do that through experimentation with digital technology in publishing. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him.
Darren Laws is the founder, owner and managing director of Caffeine Nights Publishing, independent publisher of crime and horror fiction in paperback, ebook and app formats. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him.
Karen Sullivan founded the independent publisher, Orenda Books, a little under a year ago. They publish literary and crime/thriller fiction. Karen moved to the UK from Canada at the age of 21 and worked for a small independent publisher before forging a career as a health editor and writer. Here Stephanie Cox interviews her on the benefits and risks for independent publishers.
Kevin Duffy founded the independent publisher, Bluemoose Books, with his wife, Hetha, after re-mortgaging their house. He’s been involved in sales and marketing for the last 30 years with commercial, academic, fiction and non-fiction publishing companies. Here Stephanie Cox interviews him.