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FreeLancers in Publishing re-launch on 12th March

We’ve teamed up with the guys at the marketing alliance to re-launch FLiP – a series of informal networking events specifically for freelancers. We offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which to sit down over coffee and a croissant and exchange stories or pick each other’s brains.  It’s less of a networking event and more a friendly support group.

Everyone knows that freelancing can be a bit lonely or isolating at times. And a few weeks working from home can make you sick of the sight of the same four walls. So FLiP offers you the chance to get a change of scene, meet other people in the same boat and discuss things that are on your mind about work.

So topics of discussion at previous meetings have included:

  • How can I get publishers to pay on time?
  • What to do when the project arrives and it is bigger than the brief suggested
  • Day rate vs project fee – which is better?
  • What self-marketing people do in order to get new business
  • Mac vs PC – pros and cons
  • Which social networks are freelancers using and why

As well as lots of catching up with old friends, current projects and holiday plans ( it’s not all about work.)

So if you freelance in publishing in any capacity – marketing, editorial, digital, design, project management, picture research etc – then come along. We meet on the second Thursday of the month. We would love to see you.

Like us on Facebook for regular updates about future meetings, or grab your ticket for 12th March now.



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Photo/Twitter blog from BookMachine London

This is a photo and Twitter blog by Sam Perkins (@sam_publishing), who was our official photographer for the night. She’s an Editorial Assistant at SAGE publications and keeps busy with other publishing side projects.

On Tuesday, Marcus Leaver, CEO of the Quarto Group, delivered an animated talk to a packed room for the London event of BookMachine Week. Hosted by the witty Evie Prysor-Jones, Marcus’s talk was packed with punchy one-liners, inspirational quotes and plenty of jokes. Here’s a collection of tweets and photos to sum up the night.

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One Big Book Launch

One Big Book Launch for writers

This is a guest post by Simon Fairbanks. Simon’s first novel, The Sheriff, was released in March 2014. The following month, The Sheriff was chosen to participate in the One Big Book Launch organised by CompletelyNovel and Literally PR.
Simon was also one of ten writers who participated in the Ten To One project. Their collaborative efforts resulted in the novel Circ which was launched in November 2014. 

Here is some good news for new novelists: the One Big Book Launch is being run for a second year!

The competition, coordinated by CompletelyNovel and powered by BookMachine, invites writers to submit their novels for consideration. Ten of the best will be chosen to participate in the collaborative One Big Book Launch event in London.

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The impact of Instagrammed selfies on publishing

In the run up to BookMachine Week (23 – 27th February), we have been thinking about images and publishing.

On a typical day you probably gaze over hundreds, perhaps thousands of images. It’s pretty standard to start the day by watching TV, reading a paper or switching on a phone – images are everywhere. They are used to entertain us and inform us, meanwhile clever advertisers use them to turn our intentions into actions which result in purchases.

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Comics and publishing

An interview with Tim Pilcher ahead of BookMachine Brighton

This is a guest interview with Tim Pilcher. Tim has spent over 25 years working in comics and publishing at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Comics International, Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Ilex Press. He is the current chair of the Comic Book Alliance and is the author of over 18 books. He is the editor of Brighton: The Graphic Novel, and the forthcoming, Brighton’s Graphic War. He is currently Humanoids’ UK liaison and has lectured on comics at Trinity College, UCL, Imperial War Museum, ICA and The British Library. Follow @Tim_Pilcher or sign up to BookMachine Brighton on Monday 23rd February.

1. How do you think that comics are going to evolve in the next 3-5 years?

Well, digital comics are constantly evolving and there are more and more online portals setting up. Comixology is the daddy (and now owned by Amazon) but Sequential are a fast-growing company to watch, who provide tons of non-superhero comics online. But I think where comics are really going to evolve is not so much in delivery platforms, but more in the breadth of topics that the medium explores. In Japan non-fiction manga is well-established, but that’s an area that’s just starting to grow with titles like Darryl Cunningham’s Science Tales and Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy. Reportage is another area for growth, thanks to the work of Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza, The Fixer, etc.)  I think the comic book “memoir” has become an overcrowded market and I’d like to see more creators actually approaching the graphic novel as a NOVEL, that is contemporary fiction drawn in a sequential manner. The best recent example of this is Glyn Dillon’s The Nao of Brown.

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IPG Spring Conference

Tips for conference organisers from the IPG [SPONSORED]

This is a guest post from Charly Salvesen-Ford. Charly is Membership and Events Officer for the IPG (the Independent Publishers Guild). With a publishing background including editorial and digital experience, she also organised and hosted BookMachine events in Oxford until the end of 2014. She continues to write the BookMachine Oxford newsletters and is on the committee of the Oxford Publishing Society.

“It’s difficult to think of a reason not to come to the IPG Annual Spring Conference… it actually does live up to the pre-Conference claim that each year will be bigger and better than the one before.” Andrew Johnston

The IPG is very pleased to have this reputation, and it drives us to organise brilliant Annual Spring Conferences. But what makes our flagship event run as smoothly as it does, and what tips can we give to fellow event organisers? Let’s take a peek.

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Emerging authors

One Big Book Launch opens for submissions from emerging authors

Collaborative book launch initiative is back for another year

It’s an important day today as submissions are now open to find outstanding authors for One Big Book Launch, the event that gives ten emerging authors the opportunity to launch their books to an audience of over two hundred readers and press.

After attending last year and witnessing ten talented authors from Egmont, Bloomsbury, No Exit Press, and a number of independents; BookMachine are delighted to be supporting the event in 2015, and discovering new authors writing on the theme of ‘Inspiring People and Places’.

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Something happenin’ at The London Book Fair

If you’ve been following BookMachine for a while, you’ll know there’s an annual BookMachine event at The London Book Fair each year.

Last year over 400 people signed up … it was an amazing opportunity for publishers, exhibitors, authors and tech-types to meet up in an informal environment.

This year we’ll be partnering with The London Book Fair again, and everyone who signs up to the BookMachine event will get free entry to the Fair.

For a free drink (for early-birds only), and entry to the exhibition (for all 3 days) – sign up to the BookMachine mailing list and we’ll be updating you very shortly.

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