5 tips for getting yourself PR-ready

5 tips for getting yourself PR-ready

Congratulations, you’re writing a book. You’re probably thinking, ‘I just need to get this finished and then I’ll begin to think about how to promote it.’ My advice would be, start thinking now. It’s never too early! Here are my top 5 tips to get your book and yourself PR-ready: 1) Book your publicist early […]

Winner of #BookMachineWorks competition

Winner of #BookMachineWorks competition

Last week, amidst the buzz of face-to-face connections at The London Book Fair, a bunch of publishing people were snapping away on their phones, trying to win the #BookMachineWorks competition. The winning photographer wins a free 12 Month BookMachine Promoted Membership, worth £90. They will also be sent a bottle of bubbly. This year’s judge […]

Book design for self-publishing authors

Book design for self-publishing authors

What is book design like when you choose to self-publish your work? Mathias Lord of Hewer Text fills us in. Book design is something readers appreciate but usually don’t notice. However, if you are a self-publisher, it is crucial to know about book design. What is it, and what are the main differences between book […]

7 practical changes to increase your rates

7 practical changes to increase your rates

The subject of rates is often fraught with difficulty. We work in a competitive field, and there can be tremendous pressure on budgets. However, if you’d like to increase your average hourly rate, there are some small changes – which you don’t have to make all at once – that can add up to a […]

BookMachine is launching a creative events and marketing agency

BookMachine is launching a creative events and marketing agency

The mission of BookMachine Works is to create outstanding events and unrivaled marketing campaigns for the publishing industry. BookMachine have built a successful community, running over 100 events and growing BookMachine.org into a destination for the publishing industry (with around 14,000 visits a month). The team behind BookMachine are now creating a new arm for […]

Scratching out is the new colouring in

Scratching out is the new colouring in

The Quarto Group have announced the launch of Scratch & Create, a new series of books that feature metallic ink layered over drawings or colourful backgrounds. With a stylus, you scratch away the coating to reveal the artwork beneath. David Breuer, Chief Creative Officer, said: ‘More and more adults are looking for creative activities that can help […]

Kim Scott Walwyn Prize announces shortlist of outstanding women in publishing

Kim Scott Walwyn Prize announces shortlist of outstanding women in publishing

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize today names its five talented women on the 2017 shortlist, which recognises the professional achievements and promise of women who have worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. Collectively called ‘forces of nature’ by the judging panel who stood out for their ‘passion and determination to […]

A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

A budding author’s experience of The London Book Fair

It’s London Book Fair! A daunting prospect for rookies starting out… Bookollective co-founder Esther Harris remembers Day 1 of her first Fair as a new writer. 7:00 a.m.: Carefully lay out my LBF wardrobe: distressed jeans, heels and blazer. I’m-too-cool to-pitch-however-if-you-happen-to-be-the-editor-of my-dreams-vibe? Check. Hot stationery? Check. Copy of MS (just in case)? Check. 8:00 a.m.: […]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. February’s winner was Emma Murray, who wrote for us about why it’s worth investing in a good ghostwriter. Emma is a bestselling author and ghostwriter, specialising in business, psychology and higher education. She also ghosts books, blogs, articles, case […]