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My London Book Fair Week #lbf14 [DIARY]

LBF 2014

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Monday

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist was announced in style at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The party was buzzing with creative and passionate women including Kate Mosse, Mary Beard, Helen Fraser and Sarah Walters. It was a beautiful event to celebrate excellent writing from the following female novelists:

  • Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • Burial Rights – Hannah Kent
  • The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride
  • The Undertaking – Audrey Magee
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

The winner will be announced on 4 June 2014.

 

Tuesday

The first day of the fair saw a giant choccywoccydoodah cake, the SYP seminars How to get into publishing & How to get ahead in publishing and the announcement of another shortlist.

I announced the Kim Scott Walwyn shortlist at the beginning of our second seminar. This is an award that celebrates exceptional female publishers:

  • Melissa Cox – Children’s New Titles Buyer at Waterstones
  • Lindsey Dalladay – Community Manager at Penguin Random House
  • Sarah Hesketh – Freelance Project Manager at The Poetry Translation Centre
  • Hellie Ogden – Literary Agent at Janklow & Nesbit
  • Anne Perry- Editor at Hodder & Stoughton

The winner will be announced on 13 May 2014.

 

Wednesday

The place to be was BookMachine pre-drinks at the fair and then the rockin Kobo party at Underbelly in Hoxton Square.

 

Thursday

A few of us from the SYP went along to The Bookseller drinks — I had a Q&A in Tuesday’s LBF Daily and wanted to celebrate my newfound fame.

 

Friday

After a fabulous week, I was well and truly ready for bed! Instead I went out in Soho with a friend I met interning a couple of years ago. #TGIF

BookMachine London with Kingston University – The Blook Launch [EVENT]

Evie is co-host of next month’s BookMachine London

If a picture paints a thousand words then the next BookMachine event could be a very long night!

To celebrate the launch of Snapshots, the first publication from BookMachine, speakers will put this age-old phrase to the test and choose an image that, for them, captures the publishing industry as it currently stands, but don’t worry, we’ve limited them to five minutes each.

Snapshots has been created in partnership with the students of Kingston University MA in Publishing. It comes in the form of a Blook compiled of some of the best blogs from the BookMachine archive on digital, discoverability and collaboration.

To keep readily to the snapshot theme, alongside the usual networking, drinking and general frivolity, our polaroid photographer will be sneaking about and capturing the evening’s events as they happen, creating quite literal snapshots of the industry.

Currently we can confirm you’ll hear the dulcet tones of Eric Huang and Charles Catton as they explain their choices of imagery, and more names to be confirmed soon.

 

Book-ish events in NYC in December

As the holiday season picks up, New York does not forget the gift of words. Check out these bookish December events.

December 2: The Half King Reading Series
Featuring: Jeffrey Lewis, “The Inquisitor’s Diary”

Jeffrey Lewis is the author of Meritocracy: A Love Story, The Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show, and Adam the King—four novels that comprise The Meritocracy Quartet, to be published as one volume in 2013 by Haus—and Berlin Cantata. He has twice been the recipient of the Independent Publishers Gold Medals for Literary Fiction and has won two Emmys and the Writers’ Guild Award for his work as a writer and producer on the critically acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues.

Where: The Half King, 505 w. 23rd Street
Time: 7pm
Price: Free

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Reflecting on Frankfurt Book Fair

Tom Chalmers

Tom Chalmers is Managing Director at IPR License.

There are many words that spring to mind when reflecting on an event like the Frankfurt Book Fair. So in no particular order here we go. Exhausting, inspiring, demanding, meetings, contacts, rewarding, initiatives, partnerships, innovations, coffee, business. There are countless more – and I’m sure you get the gist – but mood certainly wasn’t one of them.

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SYP Conference: more announcements [EVENT]

The Society of Young Publishers’ (SYP) annual conference brings together a large number of publishing types on a Saturday in November (when it’s too cold to do much else!). This year, the announcements ahead of the event are coming thick and fast and getting better by the day.

First up, the team announced a great line-up of speakers, including Sam Missingham (The Bookseller), Dean Johnson (Brandwidth), Eric Huang (Made in Me), Dan Franklin (Random House), Lindsey Mooney (Kobo) and Charles Catton (Amber Books). Not forgetting the Keynote speaker, Y.S. Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier and President of the International Publishers Association.

Then there’s the post-event drinks social hosted by BookMachine. Charly Ford (BookMachine super-host, Oxford) has booked a spot at the Jam Factory, a popular bar and gallery venue, perfectly placed next to the station for a stop off on the way home from the conference.

The latest announcement is that Kingston Writing School is sponsoring said-BookMachine drinks. Kingston Writing School has a growing community of writers, journalists and publishers affiliated with staff and students from the School of Humanities at Kingston University.

The SYP committee have done a great job of planning what looks likely to be their best conference yet. We’ll be loitering in the hall, giving demos of the newest features on BookMachine.me and look forward to seeing lots of you there.

Attend the Self-Publishing Summit

Ever since 50 Shades of Grey landed on bookshelves, however well hidden, the talk of self-publishing has gone up several decibels. There are now authors saying publishers are no longer needed, stories of great success and precious money thrown away for murky services.

Each year, market-leading self-publishing company New Generation Publishing runs the Self-Publishing Summit, taking place this year at King’s College London on 9th November, to help define the opportunities within the hyperbole and to provide wide-range advice from industry professionals.

And this year the Summit will see some exceptional panels look at the key topics for writers – including the role of agents, editing, production marketing, sales, as well as an overview of the industry and a final Q&A. There will also be a chance to speak to the panelists and fellow attendees during coffee breaks.

The panels includes top publishers, agents, editors, authors, journalists and marketers – an opportunity not to be missed for aspiring, or published, writers.

Tickets for the event cost £34.99 (+VAT) and are booked on a first come first served basis. The event is sponsored by Ingram Spark and you can see full details of the event and can book your tickets by clicking here.

BookMachine Everywhere [REVIEW]

This is a guest post from Charlotte Whitbread, Business Manager, at Book Industry Communications Ltd.

On 25 September 2013 BookMachine (@BookMachine) held simultaneous events across the globe, covering 6 cities, 4 countries and 2 continents. With book trade professionals gathering in Barcelona, Brighton, London, New York, Oxford and Toronto, the international nature of the book market has never been felt so keenly as it was for me then, in the depths of a pub near Great Portland Street! Books may be evolving faster and travelling further than ever, but the pub was certainly not: no card payments under £5 – it’s 2013, not 1302 my good barman. However, thanks to generous sponsor PLS (A loyal BIC Member! @BIC1UK), there was wine a plenty.

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