Month: October 2011

8 questions for Mike Shatzkin [Interview]

Mike Shatzkin
Mike Shatzkin (The Idea Logical Company)
Mike Shatzkin is the founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company, author of the Shatzkin Files, all round digital publishing guru, and a huge baseball addict.
 
We had a few questions for Mike about his career to date, and where he thinks the publishing business is headed…

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Ella Khan
Ella Khan (SYP chair 2011)
When assistant literary agent Ella Kahn isn’t devouring the latest submission, she’s out and about at publishing events and busy chairing the SYP – we catch up with her to discover just how she fits it all in…

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Charles Catton
Charles Catton (Amber Books)
Charles Catton is the Publishing Manager at Amber Books. He has worked in book publishing for over 15 years, and on digital projects for over two years. BookMachine caught up with him for some searching questions about his career to date, and Amber’s move into apps…

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Having already kneecapped bookshops the world over and walked away with a smirk on its face, oblivious to their cries for help as it gets into its car with tinted windows and waits, ever so patiently, for libraries to step out of their houses, just so it can get the perfect shot, Amazon has realised that the real problem lies with the supply side of things: as long as people who aren’t Amazon are publishing books, people who also aren’t Amazon can potentially make money, or at least stand in the way of Amazon making money, by selling those books.

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You know the Kindle has become truly ubiquitous when even WH Smith has to acknowledge it in some manner. Startled out of its cosy seat in front of the fire with a nice hot chocolate and a copy of Louie Spence’s autobiography lying face down on its lap, and just as it was dozing off too, the venerable high street newsagent, stationer, James Corden-enabler (Cordenabler?) and yes, alright, technically bookshop, has begun selling e-books and compatible readers in partnership with Canadian e-reader manufacturers Kobo.

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The great divide. They are like peas in a pod or oceans apart; really depends on the day and the issue and the speaker.

Mike Murphy, Maeve Healy and Jane Rogers have all worked in both and give their opinion on each side of the great wall of publishing….

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When I left university I knew I wanted to work in publishing. I jumped straight in and got in touch with The Publishing Training Centre and luckily secured an internship. One attractive benefit of being an intern at The Publishing Training Centre is that you are allowed to attend a course of your choice. Having editorial work in mind, I chose Copy-Editing Skills, a three-day intensive course that covers everything you could possibly need to know about proofreading and copy-editing, which are two of the main duties of editorial assistants.

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Publishing Now

 

A ruthless corporation which seemingly controls everything. The rise of the machines. The rebellion. Yes, it’s an exciting time for publishing, especially if your benchmark for excitement is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Logically, then, it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to suggest that BookMachine’s forthcoming conference Publishing Now 2011: The Golden Age Of Innovation will be more thrilling than James Cameron’s entire filmography combined. At the very least, it’ll definitely be better than Avatar, which was rubbish. You can quote me on that.

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8 questions for Chris Meade [interview]

Chris Meade
Chris Meade, Director if:book
Chris Meade is quite the guru when it comes to Creative Writing and New Media. He has now run two major UK literature organisations, the Poetry Society and Booktrust; devised innovative creative reading and writing projects; developed ‘imagination services’ to schools and the community; and in 2007 set up if:book uk  a charity exploring the future of the book in the digital age. We thought we’d interrupt his busy lifestyle to ask a few questions…

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Kirsten Campbell-Howes
 
Kirsten Campbell-Howes has over ten years experience in bringing e-learning materials from concept through to production. She has been described as having a ‘rare combination of industriousness, creativity, passion, generosity, honesty, humor, and self-awareness’. We want to know more…
 

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The reactionary hand-wringing greeting the news that this year’s Booker nominees have had a better sales boost post-nomination than any other shortlist in the prize’s history is unsurprising to anyone who regularly reads broadsheet literary columns, but credit the detractors thusly: they’re putting their prize money where their mouth is. Yesterday saw the announcement of a new, Booker-rivalling prize, simply called The Literature Prize.

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Amongst the flurry of tributes that followed the death of Apple godhead Steve Jobs last Wednesday, one emerged of more questionable taste than most (most, not all – although at least they took the time to acknowledge they ‘have a great respect for everything he did’). Less than two days after word of Jobs’ passing got out, Simon & Schuster announced it was bringing forward the publication date of Walter Isaacson’s official Jobs biography.

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