About BookMachine

Tap into publishing events and courses in a social, supportive and informal setting.

BookMachine is a global community of book publishing professionals, and has been bringing people together since 2010.

Through our app and membership hub, we provide industry professionals with the right connections and skills to develop in their careers, build their knowledge and expand their network.

If you crave knowledge and professional development, and want to meet other people too, then BookMachine is the place for you.

BookMachine publishing events​

Organising events is our real passion. We have hosted in-person events in London, Oxford, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto, Brighton and Edinburgh, walking events around the South East of England, as well as 50+ online events – both as BookMachine and for publishers and organisations across the industry.

BookMachine Unplugged

Virtual events to inspire you with real insights into what is working in publishing right now. There are 6 events a year, each zooming in on exciting, of-the-moment topics within Production, Editorial and Tech to Marketing, Audio and Design.

Wednesday Wisdom Q&As

An online series of Q&As designed to help you get an insight into the roles and projects of senior publishing people, top up your industry knowledge and learn more about the publishing services that can take your teams to the next level.

Publishing social events

Monthly opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow members on virtual platform Wonder. We invite you to switch your cameras on to share ideas, dip into big topics and catch up with publishing people from across the industry.

BookMachine CAMPUS

BookMachine +CAMPUS members can tap into a growing library of flexible, industry-specific video skills courses. Designed for ambitious professionals, business owners or creatives in publishing who want to upskill, reskill or learn new skills, each course covers a range of topics.

From content marketing and social media strategies to leadership, productivity, SEO, publicity and rights, new courses are added up to three times a year, meaning the courses grow with you. Find out more about becoming a member.

BookMachine Creative Agency

Stand out digital marketing & events, digital product management and interactive training

BookMachine Creative Agency, launched in 2017, is an events and marketing agency based in the UK.

We help publishing organisations globally to develop and reach new audiences using stand-out digital marketing strategies and techniques.

Our clients include: Bloomsbury, Canongate, DK, HarperCollins, Head of Zeus, Icon Books, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon, Cambridge University Press, Hodder Education, John Murray Learning, Oxford University Press and many more.

Marketing Sprints

We’ve been running virtual and in-house Marketing Sprints since 2019. These help publishing teams to revamp their marketing in a short space of time. If you would like to work together, please get in touch.

Our story

From small beginnings, starting as a group of colleagues coming together to talk about the industry, we’ve grown over the years to host in-person events with hundreds of attendees, gather industry people at the London Book Fair and deliver training courses to in-house staff.

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we pivoted to offer a fully online programme for the first time – allowing us to become even more accessible and focus on bringing BookMachine to everyone in publishing – no matter where they were.

Since then, we’ve …

Meet the Team

Laura Summers

Our co-founder is always thinking about the next best thing for the community. Laura’s vision sets the direction for everything we do.
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Aimee Dewar

The face behind every Tweet, email and conversation starter in our members’ community. When you chat with us there, you’ll be speaking with Aimee.

Suzanne Kavanagh

The guiding force behind BookMachine Unplugged events. Suzanne brings all the elements together, working with speakers from across the industry.

Gavin Summers

Gavin is Director and Co-Founder of BookMachine. He leads our new digital product consultancy and helps to develop BookMachine’s operational capacity. Previously, Gavin was Head of the Digital at Hodder Education.

Abby Coften

Abby is Head of Marketing at BookMachine Creative Agency, where she helps book publishers and education brands grow their businesses. She has specialist expertise in social media marketing, paid ads, SEO, email marketing and copywriting.

Public Speaking for Introverts

Abbie Headon

Abbie is a freelance editor, writer and author, and also edits the BookMachine blog. She has worked as Editorial Director for Duckworth Books, focusing on the Farrago Books humorous fiction imprint.