About BookMachine

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

BookMachine is a thriving community for everyone involved in book publishing. We created BookMachine back in 2010 for those who crave knowledge, ideas, and personal development.

BookMachine publishing events​

Organising events is our real passion, and pre-pandemic we hosted events in London, Oxford, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto, Brighton and Edinburgh.

All 2021 events are online, and these are divided into three categories:

BookMachine Unplugged

The popular series is back in 2021 and will continue to inspire you with real insights into what is working in publishing right now. There will be 6 events this year, each will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry. Other events will be announced throughout the year.  

BookMachine Meets...

These offer real insight into how different publishing houses operate. At each event the online panel of in-house experts explains the fundamentals of their business and the secrets to their market success. There will be 4 BookMachine Meets… events in 2021.

Publishing social events

Social events help our community to connect with each other. We invite members to keep their cameras on, whilst we facilitate discussions and help you to forge new connections. In 2021 we will be launching a new way for members to help each other out; sign up for BookMachine emails to find out more about this.

BookMachine CAMPUS

BookMachine +CAMPUS members can dive into a range of skills courses. From pitching and presenting to InDesign and briefing designers, these self-access courses are new for 2021 and designed to help you upskill and reskill.

We also run interactive Zoom courses with one tutor and a small group of learners tuning in live at a set time. These are called BookMachine CAMPUS Live courses, and you can get notified about these by signing up to the BookMachine mailing list.


BookMachine Agency

Outstanding events & marketing campaigns

In 2017 we launched a creative events and marketing agency, specialising in the publishing industry. Our clients include leading publishers and publishing organisations, and our team are specialists in running events (our DNA), social media marketing campaigns, SEO, email marketing and more.

Marketing Sprints

In 2019 we started running in-house Marketing Sprints. 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

We started in 2010 as a handful of colleagues talking shop in the backroom of a bar. We all had full-time publishing jobs, and spent hours of our free time getting to know the wider industry better and starting to build up the online knowledge base.

Ten years later and we have 100s of members, an annual event programme, a thriving online community of publishing professionals – and a busy marketing agency, working to help publishing businesses large and small both on short and longer term projects. 

Along the way, we have hosted events in London, Oxford, Barcelona, New York City, Toronto, Brighton and Edinburgh. We have organised our own events, but also partnered up with high-profile organisations too – Frankfurt Book Fair, Unite the Union, Times Literary Supplement, The London Book Fair, Bloomsbury Publishing, Hachette UK, Getty Images – to name a few.

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.
refresh your social media game

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.
Public Speaking for Introverts

Abbie Headon

Curator extraordinaire for the BookMachine blog. Abbie’s masterful planning brings you the latest from publishing people each month.