5 Questions for Julieta Lionetti [INTERVIEW]

JulietaJulieta Lionetti has more than 20 years experience in the book industry. An international trade publisher until 2007, she has embraced the digital (r)evolution from its inception. On Wednesday she’ll be speaking at BookMachine Barcelona “On How Freakin’ Techies Taught Me To Love Literature Again”. Fabrizio Luccitti interviews Julieta for BookMachine.

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The accessible author? Writing in the 21st Century

One of the things that has changed, in this new socially-enabled world we live in, is the accessibility of authors.

This is not just about me. Writers such as Chuck Palahniuk (The Fight Club), Paul Coelho (The Alchemist) and Margaret Atwood (The Handmaids Tale) are all Tweeting. These are among the most popular authors in the world. There are lots more at it too. Here is a list of 100 mainly US authors for starters. (click here)

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Morrissey’s Autobiography being published at last, maybe

The long-in-the-works autobiography that Morrissey talked about having more or less finished in early 2011 – entitled, naturally, Autobiography – was due for publication in the UK this week through Penguin, with bookshops across the country whipping their Truman Capote sections back into shape for the Mozmoir’s 16 September arrival. As obsessive Morrissey fans (edited for redundancy) no doubt noticed, however, Monday came and went with nary a swoon nor a shoplift.

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8 Questions for Julia Kingsford [INTERVIEW]


Julia Kingsford began her career in the marketing department at Random House and used to manage Foyles’ events before becoming Head of Marketing and Communications. She chaired the brainstorming session at which the idea for World Book Night was first born and became its CEO in 2011. Julia will be our speaker at BookMachine Brighton, so Sarah Ann Juckes interviewed her, to find out more.

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5 Questions for Emma Barnes [INTERVIEW]


Emma Barnes has spent ten years at the helm of an award-winning independent trade publisher, Snowbooks. Nowadays she uses her understanding of the realities of modern publishing to build publishing management software, Bibliocloud. Emma is our speaker at BookMachine Oxford on 25th September, and will be sharing her thoughts on how to publish profitably without the benefit of a warehouse full of cash – using technology, data and pride. Charly Ford interviews Emma for BookMachine.

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Pick an image [COMPETITION]

It’s a big week here at BookMachine HQ! BookMachine.me is launching in public beta, and we’re hosting events in 6 cities around the globe (all thanks to our amazing event hosts, speakers and sponsors!)

We’ve been racking our brains trying to think of what image should sit behind user profiles (a bit like a default Facebook cover images for all users), and have decided to launch a competition to find the best image.

What’s in it for you? Well, aside from seeing your choice of image on every single BookMachine.me profile, you’ll also be accredited on every page – that means your brand will be seen by thousands of site users. Not bad, eh?

What are we looking for? We don’t have a fixed idea, the best we’ve come up with so far is an Autumnal scene featuring a park bench somewhere in NYC. Read this article about our vision and send something over that you think will fit. It needs to be the same dimensions as a Facebook cover photo (851 pixels wide / 315 pixels tall); and you need to have the rights to use it, or have created it yourself.

The not-so-small print We need it in the next 36 hours ideally… (typical pre-launch frenzy going on here)

Thanks for your help!

Email entries to laura@bookmachine.co.uk

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Momentum launches digital romance imprint

Having seemingly realised that the market for this kind of thing isn’t going away any time soon, Pan Macmilan Australia’s digital imprint, Momentum, has launched another new imprint, Momentum Moonlight, dedicated to publishing romance, erotica and new adult titles (the new adult titles presumably falling on the grown-up Twilight, less-chaste epic romance end of the spectrum than the post-adolescence Hunger Games, where there’s no time for love what with all the dystopianism). Around the imprint, it also aims to build up an online community of romance readers, centred around a blog to which community members can contribute.

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Filming begins on adaptation of Martin Amis’ London Fields

Since you’ve probably already hit Booker Prize news saturation point, today we’ll instead bring you news that apparently we’ve hit that point in the decade where someone thinks trying to adapt a Martin Amis novel for the cinema is a good idea, 10-15 years seemingly being the amount of time that needs to pass between efforts for everyone to forget that such endeavours have, to date, proven fools’ errands. Following the less than enthusiastically-received big screen versions of The Rachel Papers (1989) and Dead Babies (2000), filming started this week in London on London Fields – one of Amis’ most consistently popular works – with a screenplay penned by the author himself, a cast including Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess and, in Mathew Cullen, a debuting director with years of experience making music videos.

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon releasing memoir

Iconic Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon is set to join her fellow alt-nation heroes Beastie Boys, Peter Hook and R. Kelly in releasing a memoir covering her time in the band. Taking the typically classy tack of not punning on the title of a Sonic Youth release – (I Got A) Catholic Book, Rain Kim, Tunic (Book for Karen), Kim Gordon and the Arthur Conan Doyle Hand Cream just some of the missed opportunities – the book will be entitled Girl in a Band, neatly reflecting her position as both the lone woman in Sonic Youth’s line-up and one of American indie-rock’s most prominent feminists.

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