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BookMachine Unplugged 2019

After a sell-out 2018 series, BookMachine Unplugged is back in 2019 and ready to inspire you with real insights into what is working in publishing right now. There will be 6 events this year, all included in your BookMachine Membership. Each will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry and feature 3 expert speakers taking to the stage.

Meet publishers, editors, marketeers, designers, techies and more - all in a strictly social and informal setting. 

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Learn to Code

How to begin coding for free (or nearly free) in a few minutes each day

This is a guest post by Anna Cunnane. Anna is Systems and Data Manager at Abrams & Chronicle Books. Anna was winner of the Trailblazer Awards 2018, she is part of BookMachine Team Unplugged and was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers (2015-16).

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Public Speaking for Introverts

Public speaking for introverts: tips from someone who understands

This article is a little different from the pieces I usually write or commission for BookMachine, but I think the topic of public speaking deserves a place here because most of us in this industry need to do it from time to time. Whether it’s making a presentation at an in-house meeting, or speaking at a conference in front of 400 people, it’s always scary – but it’s worth doing if we want our ideas to be heard.

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Building Strong Lists

Commissioning: The insider’s guide to building strong lists

Bookmachine Unplugged: Talking Editorial, 3 April 2019

Acquiring books for six-sum figures, huge advances and bidding fights for undisclosed sums of money do not usually represent publishing as a whole. These types of headlines are actually worlds away from much of the industry. So how do commissioning editors build their successful, strong, balanced lists? Many stimulating insights and tips were shared with a very attentive audience at the second Bookmachine Unplugged event of 2019, a galvanizing talk with a Q & A session on the topic of commissioning.

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Announcing BookMachine meets…

Today BookMachine launches BookMachine meets…, a brand new event series designed to explore the strategies of some of the top publishing houses, in order to find out what makes them unique and successful.

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Publishing with ethical credentials 

Eco-friendly Tote Bags have been making a come-back at publishing conferences. The latest module on our Publishing MA course explores the reason behind this phenomena.

The course will cover:

  • An overview of the publishing courses on offer
  • A history of the origins of the Tote Bag
  • The Tote Bag supply chain

For more details email Alison Smith.

 

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Creating Audiobooks: An Overview of the Production Process

Based in Somerset, Audio Factory is an audiobook production company commissioned by independent authors and publishers in the UK, North America and Australia to create audio versions of their titles in collaboration with a team of narrators they work with on a regular basis. Audio Factory’s co-founder and in-house producer, Arran Dutton, works as a project manager across all audiobook productions and liaises directly with title rights holders throughout the process.

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Scholarly Publishing Through the Brexit Lens

However, whenever and possibly even if ever, those were questions confronting Parliament throughout the week of London Book Fair, as the United Kingdom moved ever closer to March 29th, 2019, the then-scheduled date for Brexit, when the country was set to exit from membership in the European Union.

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Learn to Code

What is blockchain and how can publishers benefit from it?

Anna Cunnane is Systems and Data Manager for Abrams & Chronicle Books where she specialises in metadata. She was a London Book Fair Trailblazer Award Winner in 2018 and is a member of BookMachine Team Unplugged. Anna is interested in publishing and technology and is currently learning javascript. Anna first had this published on the Geethik blog.

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digital publishing

The second coming of ebooks

I came away from The London Book Fair 2019 with a resounding feeling of hope (along with the usual sleep deprivation, sore throat and body odour).
 
Digital publishing as a whole and ebooks in general seem to be gaining momentum for a revival, a renaissance. A second coming.

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Senior Digital Marketing Executive

Senior Digital Marketing Executive [JOB POSTING]

The largest UK Christian Publisher, SPCK, is recruiting a Senior Digital Marketing Executive to join their fast-paced, forward-thinking marketing team working across all the company’s imprints.

Based in their Central London office, the right candidate will have excellent digital communications skills and an awareness of UK church culture.

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Winning Non-Fiction Marketing campaign – Becoming: an interview

Amelia Fairney is General Communications Director at Penguin Random house UK. Last month her team won the Book Marketing Society award for Non-Fiction campaign for Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming. We wanted to find out a little bit more about the reasons for the success of this campaign.

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Diversity and Inclusion

The Real State of Diversity and Inclusion in Publishing

Nancy Roberts is an experienced entrepreneur and a domain expert in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of Umbrella, using AI and data analytics for diversity and inclusion. She is also a highly skilled leader with 20 years of experience including at board level. She has a BA, two MAs, and a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Theory, and is currently an Exec MBA student at Cranfield University.

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