Author: Anna Cunnane

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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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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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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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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Interview with Colin McElwee, co-founder of Worldreader

As co-founder of Worldreader, Colin focuses on developing and growing key partnerships, putting to good use his for-profit and non-profit experience across the globe.

Most recently, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, he started his career as an economist for several Brussels-based lobbies to the European Commission, and later worked in global marketing in the consumer goods sector for Scottish & Newcastle PLC.

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Interview with Jo de Vries: commissioning editor, literary agent and lecturer

Jo de Vries is a commissioning editor and literary agent; her role is all about finding and developing books that will spark the imagination, and striving to increase diversity and innovation in all content areas is at the heart of her work. Jo also lectures in Publishing & Journalism at Bath Spa University. Find Jo on Twitter at @JodeVries1.

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Neem Tree Press

Interview with Archna Sharma, founder of Neem Tree Press

What led you to decide to set up your own publishing house?

I love books, had been an investment banker before having children and felt that publishing would allow me to marry the two worlds. Also, as I hunted for books for my two boys, I found gaps in the market that I felt should be filled. I also thought I could publish books in the UK whilst living in Dubai, a lesson learnt! Although much of getting a book out into the world can be done online, connecting with people face-to-face, attending book fairs and industry gatherings and getting a deep understanding of the publishing world cannot be underestimated. Although the company has been around for a while, having very recently relocated back to the UK, it is really in 2019 that I have been fully committed to it and feel this is almost the official launch year for Neem Tree Press.

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A day in the life: Marketing in Academic Publishing

I am Sophie Eminson, a marketing assistant at Springer Nature, and a book blogger at www.romanticsrebelsandreviews.wordpress.com, where I also share insights into the publishing industry and job hunting tips. I am also the Communications Officer for the Society of Young Publishers 2019 committee. I currently work on the biggest journal in the world, Scientific Reports, and am looking forward to sharing my experience of marketing in academic publishing with you.

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