This is a guest post from Donna Hutchinson. Donna is a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes’ MA Digital Publishing course. Since finishing the course, she has been working freelance for a number of projects including taking the lead on the social media marketing for the OPG’s publishing training courses.
Oxfordshire Publishing Group dinners are the place to be. They attract publishers from the largest publishers; OUP, T&F, Pearson; whilst including a healthy mix of CEOs of SMEs and freelancers. Plenty of food and wine gets consumed – and most importantly (for me!) they have resulted in the development of a new series of Publishing Training Courses.
Organised by global rights and licensing platform IPR License, the inaugural Global Right Licensing:The Bigger Picture conference will see leading figures from a range of creative sectors highlight how they maximise licensing revenue, combat copyright infringement and piracy in the digital world and what lessons could be learnt by the publishing world.
In January 2014, sixteen publishers joined the ‘Publishing Fusion Workshop’ in Oxford. They had understood that to futureproof a career in publishing these days requires a multitude of skills: digital, creative and entrepreneurial. After three days of lectures and seminars by tutors from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies together with some of the most innovative and inspirational professionals in the industry, almost all the participants said the course was the most exciting they had ever been on. More significantly, having been divided into groups to work on born digital projects, the outputs were so stunning that one project resulted in a contract from RandomHouse!
Host of November’s BookMachine NYC, Bree Weber, talks to speaker on the night Miral Sattar, founder of BiblioCrunch.
Grab your tickets for BookMachine NYC here.
1. What’s your background and how did you get involved in the publishing industry?
I’m an engineer by background, love to write and publish, and also love help other people publish. So, obviously, a natural fit for me would be to combine all three into my own company.
November 6. London, New York, Oxford and Brighton – Meet and collaborate with the most inspiring people in the publishing industry today.
A few people have asked, what’s with 4 events? Why on the same day?
We used to stagger events throughout the year, but have now realised that there’s a certain magic around the buzz of hosting them on the same day. From hosts being able to share tips to speakers in different cities realizing that they are part of the same event – it’s definitely a better way to do it.
This time we have some truly inspirational speakers involved, and are basing the event series around just that. Inspiration.
This is a guest post from Sarah Juckes, who is the Communications Manager for CompletelyNovel.com. She works with partners and authors to create exciting opportunities for writers in and around publishing. For more information on CompletelyNovel, take their tour.
As part of the Brighton Digital festival this September, CompletelyNovel.com are pulling the publishing process apart in an event in association with BookMachine and New Writing South.
Local publishers, editors, designers, eBook specialists and PR experts are invited to join writers for an informal evening of networking and pop-up talks. Posted around the room will be a series of stands representing one part of the publishing process. Local experts will get the opportunity to speak about what they know best to authors who are looking to find out more about what publishing entails.
With August at a close and summer hours about to expire we thought you could use some upbeat news. We’re thrilled to announce the hiatus is over: BookMachine NYC will be back in action this fall! Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 13, and keep an eye out for RSVP links with further details.
I think we can all agree we’ve had an interesting summer. Though we expected horrendously hot and humid weather, we’ve been met with mild heat and stormy rains. We also expected the season to bring slow work days and news lulls, but instead have opened our papers and screens to sensational publishing stories.
Inspired Selection are kindly sponsoring BookMachine London with Sam Missingham on Tuesday 22nd July. This is a guest post from Suzy Asbury, Managing Director, about the changing world of publishing.
While some sectors within publishing are changing quicker than others and in different ways, it’s safe to say that all are changing fairly rapidly.
Publishing is becoming content creation and content is becoming interactive rather than words on a page. Roles are changing too; marketing is ripening into a data and product driven team and editors are evolving into more technical versions of their former selves. It is almost impossible to move into a job that you’ve already done and the advice I was given at the outset of my career is now the very essence of publishing careers – do something to stretch yourself, not just something you can already do. Take it by the horns and don’t be afraid; a new challenge whether it’s with your current employer or a new one, is the best way to keep on top of the industry and to get ahead.
The market post recession is a completely different place to be in the jobs market. We are finding at Inspired Selection that our candidates are much more focussed on company’s strategic direction, digital plans and growth opportunities. They want to be surrounded by inspirational and visionary people. They are not just looking for more money but an opportunity that is going to stretch them. Career progression is EVERYTHING now.
There has never been a better time to be in publishing. Publishing is pushing all its boundaries. Inspired are sponsoring this event with the BookMachine as it exhibits a great example of how innovative publishers are becoming. Sam Missingham is going to demonstrate how challenging a traditional model can gain you immediate and new access to talent in authors as well as to the readers themselves by creating a virtual community who gather in cyberspace, drawn by their interest in the books.
Inspired are very excited to be in our 15th year. With such a strong team in place at Inspired, we too are growing in the UK and Internationally. This year will see more consultants start with us; coming from publishing backgrounds we train our consultants in recruitment skills. The mix of skills, passion and knowledge makes us a great place for you to come and talk to us about your career and how to get ahead.
Laura from BookMachine also asked what we thought the top skills were that publishers are looking for so I have included a link to our blog where we summarised this following #lbf14.
To get in touch do visit our website www.inspiredselection.com or call us on 02036686733 for a confidential chat.
Curious readers, writers and journalists gathered at The Swan pub on the Southbank last night, for the launch of Filthy Creatures, a poetic tour of some of God’s best loved and most hated creatures.
Following the heartily read readings in which David Williams, the author, was described as: “The Chaucer of the 21st Century”, guests were entertained by the arrival of some live creatures…. Owls, bats and tarantulas; not for the faint-hearted.
A great launch by LiterallyPR
Sam Missingham is Head of Events at HarperCollins. She organised the Romance Festival, which was the first publisher-agnostic virtual event organised by a publisher. She is kindly presenting it as a case study at BookMachine London on 22nd July. We wanted to find out a little bit more before the event.
1) What initially sparked the idea to host the Romance Festival as a virtual event?
Talking to the editorial team from HarperImpulse and Avon – they told me that romance authors and readers were very digitally engaged – which got me thinking as to how we could connect with them and add value to the conversation.
2) Do you think we’ll be seeing many more virtual events over the next few years?
Certainly from HarperCollins, I’m hoping to run similar publisher-agnostic events in crime, fantasy, teen and possibly some other areas too. The Romance Festival showed that if you focus on what readers and authors would like out of an event, delivering a virtual festival with these elements is a fairly easy way to connect, engage and add value.
3) How could the book industry and rights networks adapt to, use and benefit from virtual events?
I’m sure more of our interactions and deals could be done using online platforms like Google Hangouts. As an industry, I’m not sure we are maximising the potential offered by these free communication channels. But, I’m also a great believer in touching the flesh, so long live Frankfurt and London Book fair as far as I’m concerned.
4) What is next for the events team at HarperCollins?
I’m organising an event with George RR Martin and Robin Hobb. To say it’s an exciting event to work on is an understatement.
5) Finally, could we please have a sneak peek of what you’re going to talk about at BookMachine?
I’m going to talk about the Romance Festival as a case study, so what our objectives were, how we went about it, things we learned and then results. Very happy to be very open and answer any questions along the way.