Books On The Underground

On launching Books On The Underground: Hollie Belton interview

You just finished that amazing book you’ve been reading, and you want to share it with the world? Well that’s what Hollie Belton wanted to do, so she created Books On The Underground. Here Stephanie Cox interviews Hollie about how it all works and what we should look out for next from the creative due behind this successful venture.

1. Please introduce yourself, and the others behind Books on the Underground, and give us a brief overview of your careers?

I’m Hollie, I started Books on the Underground in November 2012. I’m originally from Lincolnshire, but I moved to London 7 years ago after graduating from university. I’m a Creative at an Advertising agency, where I’ve been for the last 4 years. I met my BOTU partner, Cordelia, on Twitter. She reached out to me to to help out and now has become an integral part of the project and we’ve been doing it together ever since.

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Francesca Best

Francesca Best Moves To Transworld

Francesca Best is to join Transworld as a senior commissioning editor for the women’s fiction team.

Best has been at Hodder & Stoughton for eight years, publishing commercial women’s fiction and working with authors such as Lucy Dillon, Alexandra Potter and Katie Marsh.

Best will start at Transworld on 24th August.

Harriet Bourton, editorial director of the women’s fiction list at Transworld, said: ‘I am thrilled that Francesca is joining the women’s fiction team here at Transworld. She has an infectious enthusiasm for the genre and brings an analytical, strategic approach to her publishing which I know will be a fantastic complement to our plans for the list.’

Best said: ‘While I am sad to say goodbye to Hodder, I am delighted and privileged to be joining Transworld. Not only are they a publisher I have long admired, with a fantastic women’s fiction list, but their recent publishing has been incredibly impressive to watch. I am very excited to become part of their editorial team.’

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How Video Collaboration Can Help Your Organization?

Collaboration is one of the most important parts of remaining viable in business, regardless of what your industry is. Creativity and people power is what leads to innovation, and working together is part of running a company that continues to achieve its goals. Today’s tools for collaboration are advancing steadily and more accessible than ever before. Video conferencing is a great way to ensure that your team, whether scattered around the world or joining a meeting from their home office, maximizes their collaborative brainpower.

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Where are the skills gaps in the publishing industry?

As Publisher Relations Executive (Trade / International) at The Publishers Association, Seonaid MacLeod is an expert at advising on a wide range of publishing industry issues. Ahead of ‘Transferable skills in creative industries‘ on 19th August, we asked Seonaid a few questions.

1. You work with publishers across the industry. In which areas do you think publishers are looking for skills?

Publishers are incredibly aware of the need for a diverse workforce in all aspects of the business. This diversity can be based on demographic, and it can be based on skills. Particularly in the educational sector, the skills needed to create enhanced learning materials are imperative. Beyond that, all publishers expect applicants to be at least conversant in digital skills, aware of what’s going on in the industry and beyond, and to have a real interest in the future of publishing. An English degree should no longer be seen as the only relevant qualification for the job.

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New Partnerships launch for BookMachine Members

The idea behind BookMachine membership is to offer you something you can dip in and out of throughout your publishing career, whether you want to expand your network, learn something new, or just have a good time.

At the launch back in April, we promised you discounts and offers from industry-related partners. So here we are with 3 new partners, offering you their services. We hope to see you all at the next event!

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Picturing the future of the book

This is a guest post from Alison Jones. Alison is a business and executive coach, content consultant and publisher. After a 23-year career in trade and scholarly publishing working with major publishers such as Oxford University Press and Macmillan, during which she pioneered digital publishing, she set up Alison Jones Business Services and the Practical Inspiration Publishing imprint in 2014.

Taking a picture with a camera used to be a tightly constrained process. Only the photographer, with the benefit of the viewfinder, could see what it might look like. Once the shutter clicked the picture was taken, for better or worse, and when it was developed and printed – and there was a cost, an entire industry associated with that process – the act of creation was complete. At that point it entered the pre-internet social ecosystem – tucked into a proud granny’s purse to show to strangers on a bus, framed on a mantelpiece, sent off to distant relatives, archived in an album, duplicated, enlarged maybe, but ultimately always defined by its physical constraints.

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On being an Editorial Consultant: Cressida Downing interview

Cressida Downing has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty years.  She started at Waterstones in Hampstead and then moved into publishing working at Penguin Books and then Piatkus Books. Norah Myers interviews Cressida about her role and the advice she gives authors.

1. Please introduce yourself and give us an overview of your job.

Hi, my name is Cressida Downing and I’m an editorial consultant. I work with agents, publishers, published authors, self-published authors and authors just starting out.  Each day is different but I am always focused on doing the best for a piece of writing, at whatever level.

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Bookmate competition to win 500,000 books

The problem today is that people have no time to read. We also spend more and more time on our phones for entertainment, news, emails, banking – many things that we used to do on a personal computer or offline. It’s easier to read on our phones because everything is in one place; often we’re catching ten minutes on the tube or reading just before we go to bed. Subscription is also becoming a new norm for content streaming, with Spotify and Netflix bringing music and films to people in new ways. Books are no exception, and Bookmate is part of the new wave of services providing ebook streaming via a fantastically designed mobile application. For no more than the price of a single paperback, users can access a library of 500,000 ebooks via a library on mobile, tablet and web that allows them to read online and offline. 

On Bookmate people come for the ebooks but stay for the social experience – you can create a profile and share your favourite books with your friends. We’re really excited to be partnering with BookMachine, and to mark our collaboration BookMachine has created an incredibly useful bookshelf of publishing-related books: Together we’re running a competition to give you free access to this bookshelf and the 500,000 books on Bookmate for free. All you have to do is go over to BookMachine’s Facebook, like the latest post, and like Bookmate International’s page to enter.

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Senior Sales Executive [JOB POSTING]

Senior Sales Executive [JOB POSTING]

Are you an experienced sales professional, with industry experience in trade publishing? We have a diverse role for an experienced, ideas driven individual who has the enthusiasm and energy to seek out and convert new contacts in the marketplace as well as arriving with their own little black book of contacts to help grow our business in health, education and social care.

If you would like your next role to have the potential to grow with the brand you represent, then this role is a fantastic opportunity for a person who would like to have a hand in shaping our strategy.

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On being a literary agent and freelance editor: Julie Crisp interview

Julie Crisp is a literary agent, freelance editor and script doctor after having most recently been an editorial director for fiction at Pan Macmillan UK heading up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. As a literary agent she is actively looking for exciting new novels in science fiction and fantasy, crime/thrillers, book club fiction, historical fiction, young adult and middle-grade children’s fiction. Norah Myers interviews Julie about her business and working in the publishing industry.

1. Please take us through a ‘day in the life’ in your work as both agent and editor.

I actually work much longer days now I’m working for myself then I did when I was doing the whole 9-5 office job. Part of that is the duality of the role. Setting up a client base, while still bringing in some money through freelancing. The plan is that once I have clients up and running then the freelancing can take a back seat so I can concentrate all my attention on them. In the meantime, I start at 8.30 a.m. – emails are always checked first and filed. Then if I have a freelancing job on I’ll spend the next nine hours working on that. The evenings are spent reading through agency submissions and I usually finish about 10.30 p.m.

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