Why we ask readers to choose the novels we publish

Why we ask readers to choose the novels we publish

Yvonne Barlow is the publisher of Hookline Books, they take submissions only from students and graduates of MA writing courses and put the work before book groups and keen readers. Yvonne also founded Bookline & Thinker, a publisher of non-fiction. There’s a question many industries ask their interns: “Who’s the most important person in the […]

Curtis Brown Creative writing school: Interview with Rufus Purdy

Curtis Brown Creative writing school: Interview with Rufus Purdy

Curtis Brown Creative is the only writing school to be run by a literary agency, and offers selective novel-writing courses in London and online. Here, its editor, Rufus Purdy, tells Norah Myers what sets CBC apart, and how 27 of its former students have gone on to get book deals. 1) What was the inspiration behind […]

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

Since 2015, Kingston University has given a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the univeristy as part of the KU Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they get there. After the success of KU Big Read 2016, more than 140 titles were suggested for […]

The relationship between author and publicist

The relationship between author and publicist

Carys Bray is the author of a collection of short stories, Sweet Home, and two novels, A Song for Issy Bradley, which was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and The Museum of You. Here, she shares her experience about an author’s relationship with a publicist. When my first book was published I was my […]

The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

On Wednesday 15th February, Kathryn Munt, Astrid deRidder and Anna Faherty were in turns helpful, humorous and honest in their observations on outsourcing and freelancing. Astrid used the term ‘unicorn’ to describe the ideal freelancer: reliable, on time, within budget, problem solving, going beyond the brief. Each of us smiled as we realised that we were […]

If books be the food of love, read on: Sharing books on Valentine’s Day

If books be the food of love, read on: Sharing books on Valentine’s Day

As the Book Bulletin online catalogue crowdfunding campaign for reading recommendations and gift suggestions comes to an end on International Book Giving Day (also known in some quarters as ‘Valentine’s Day’), Christopher Norris from the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign asked friends, fans and followers of the initiative how they would feel about exchanging books with significant […]

Essential Training Courses from £50

Essential Training Courses from £50

After launching the Indesign and Photoshop courses last month, our inbox has been pinging with people asking us to make them more in-depth and more affordable. So that is what we have done. Join us at Faber Academy on 4th May (Photoshop) or 11th May (Indesign) for a presentation from Ken Jones – this time […]

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

In the run up to the next BookMachine event on Wednesday (15th), ‘Outsourcing Uncovered:Managing, inspiring and evaluating your out-of-house workforce‘, Liz Jones shares her top tips for staying interested as a freelancer.  Many publishing professionals make the leap from employment to freelancing. However, it can be a shock to move from a senior in-house position […]

Senior Marketing Executive [JOB POSTING]

Senior Marketing Executive [JOB POSTING]

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a marketer to join one of the UKs leading educational publishers as a Senior Marketing Executive. This fast paced, energetic environment is the ideal place for a junior marketing candidate with a minimum of 3 years’ experience to take their next step in a successful marketing career. Based in […]

Next week on BookMachine: your out-of-house workforce

Next week on BookMachine: your out-of-house workforce

Heads-up publishing people! Next week we have two insightful things happening for anyone who is tasked with managing, inspiring and evaluating their out-of-house workforce. The in-person event Sometimes it’s good to talk in person. Skype and Google hangouts do the job. But really, human contact is the best. So with that in mind, we have […]