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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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Amazon and publishing

5 Questions for Deborah Emin about Amazon and publishing

This is a guest interview with Deborah Emin. Deborah began Sullivan Street Press as a way to change the publishing paradigm. An advocate also for how we relate to this planet, the press publishes titles on veganism, animal rights as well as on the occupy movement. Follow @SullivanStPress.

1. If we could turn back time, how could the Amazon/publishing relationship have been established differently?

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SeeBook

Spanish start-up interview: SeeBook

SeeBook is a new publishing start-up that enables e-books to be sold in brick-and-mortar stores, given away as gifts or signed by the author. Rosa Sala co-founded the company after years of experiencing challenges within the publishing industry.

SeeBook are kindly sponsoring BookMachine Barcelona on Thursday. Maria Cardona interviewed Rosa to find out more.

Maria: What is SeeBook? Where did the idea come from, and what exactly do you offer?

Rosa: In a nutshell: SeeBooks are physical cards which allow you to download ebooks in multiple formats. They are sold in bookshops.

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Backlist

5 Top tips to max your backlist

Leila Dewji, publishing entrepreneur, has launched I_AM Self-Publishing, which produces beautiful books and eBooks for self-publishing authors, agents, and media companies, and gives them the tools, knowledge, and materials to market their work successfully.

I’m sure you know the backlist titles I’m talking about – either out of print, or a tiny trickle of sales. They lie on dusty shelves, unloved and unmarked. I left the world of literary agenting about five years ago to set up a high-end self-publishing company. However, my time at the literary agency taught me the importance of monetizing the backlist. Many of you are sitting on excellently -written, once-successful (but now forgotten) genre fiction that has never been released in eBook form.

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ONIX

How to create a catalogue automatically using ONIX and InDesign

This is a guest post from Emma Barnes. Emma is co-founder of General Products, and indie publisher Snowbooks. General Products is the company behind FutureBook-award-winning Bibliocloud, the web-based all-in-one publishing management system.

Did you go into publishing so that you could spend your days copying and pasting ever-changing metadata from spreadsheets, emails and databases into InDesign? You did? Great. No need to read on.

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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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BookMachine Week is underway, Twitter chat on Friday

You there! What week is it? No, silly little Dickensian orphan, Christmas was two months ago, this is BookMachine week. Between Monday 23 and Friday 27 February, BookMachine is running a series of events across the world, with publishing folk gathering in Brighton, London, New York, Barcelona and Oxford to hear from a variety of industry speakers. Topics under discussion include the fate of illustrated books in the age of digital, the problems posed by shrinking retail space, the impact of self-publishing and the effect that social media is having on publishing.

In the latter instance, the medium is the message – on Friday afternoon, City University is sponsoring a BookMachine Twitter chat, ideal for those who can’t make it along to any of the real-world events or suddenly think of the perfect witty retort just as they’re leaving and want to seek retribution. The focus, as at the events, will largely be what digital means for images in publishing. The hashtag to use to take part is #BookMachine, which is where you’ll find the questions under discussion too. It kicks off at 3pm GMT/4pm CET/10am EST. The week’s discussions will then be rounded up here on the site for anyone who can’t even muster the energy to look at Twitter come Friday afternoon.

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