I believe that my experience as a volunteer at various literary festivals over the last four years has greatly enhanced my publishing career and my writing skills. Volunteers have access to a lot of educational and enriching events, as well as a chance to network with publishing folks in a relaxed environment. It’s the best place to talk shop without any structural constraints and here are my top three reasons why you should volunteer at literature festivals.
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It’s been said, that it’s the most fun you can have in publishing with your clothes on.*
It’s been said, that if you can talk books, digital publishing, politics, haircuts, music or… anything, then this is the place to be.**
You can sign up here:
BookMachine @ Porter’s Bar (The Green Man), 383 Euston Rd, London, NW1 3AU
23rd February 2012, 6.30pm
At the last BookMachine event we were pleased to meet Sam Coleman from Atwood Tate. He’s certainly a man in the know if you’re looking for a job, as he speaks to recruiters in the industry every day. Here he shares some tips for finding work.
Times have certainly changed since I started work as a Production Assistant for a distinguished publishing house only a decade ago. Now, rather than massaging strained biceps from carrying piles of carefully packaged proofs from desk to desk, we harp on about carpel tunnel syndrome and ponder deep thoughts about metadata. The era of Digital publishing is upon us and, like a towering Galactus it’s going nowhere.
Nick Coveney, Marketing maestro for the SYP, found himself at the BookMachine party last week, and has some mighty fine things to say about us. Aw shucks.
Last Thursday – whilst the media was busy prophesying doom and gloom (pretty accurately actually) in light of Britain’s perennial “surprise” freeze, a group of intrepid individuals decided to defying the elements by attending BookMachine.
But what is BookMachine? Well it’s quite possibly the best thing to happen to networking events in a very long time.
The mix of people was hugely diverse despite the terrible weather many brave souls had crossed several counties to attend this fun and funky event. Admittedly, I wasn’t among them as I only had a five-minute stroll down the fabled Euston Road wind tunnel to contend with.
The drinks and the conversation were free flowing but the best thing about the @Book_Machine was the brilliant atmosphere. It was relaxed, friendly and completely open and whilst there were people from all aspects of the publishing industry we spent most of our time nattering rather than necessarily “networking” in the conventional sense.
It was a great night to meet and chat with like-minded folk (it transpired that we were all into Books shockingly). I’d happily recommend the BookMachine to anyone looking for a fun evening and I am looking forward to attending their next event.
Elizabeth Warren, Subject Editor at Hodder Education came to her first BookMachine party and wrote a great review (*blush*), so thought we’d share!
If you’re looking for a friendly and interesting bunch of people who work in publishing, like you, then you needn’t look any further than BookMachine. I went along to their drinks event on 2nd December at The Albany on Great Portland Street and was struck both by the very welcoming atmosphere and by the sheer number of people who had trekked out on a snow day!
BookMachine is a fantastic way of meeting like-minded people, but without the feeling that you have to network. There’s no cliques, no pressure, and you just end up talking to interesting people purely by chance. There’s obviously a bit of talking shop, but mostly the conversations I had revolved around the snow and the Wikileaks story (discovering that nobody really seemed to understand it…!) There is a huge variety of people – editorial, PR, even those running their own internet start-up – and Laura and Gavin have done a wonderful job in creating such a lovely social environment for a fairly diverse bunch of people. Plus, you get a funky badge and a glass of sparkly wine, so really, what more could you ask for?