New sales and marketing structure at The Quarto Group

New sales and marketing structure at The Quarto Group

Since 2016, The Quarto Group’s 48 imprints have been set to run as creatively independent businesses all supported and serviced by a global, central platform. The Sales and Marketing teams sit within this central platform and today The Quarto Group have announced the following changes and updates: Sales Ken Fund, is Chief Operating Officer for […]

5 years since launching whitefox: founder insight interview

5 years since launching whitefox: founder insight interview

In the run up to celebrating 5 years of whitefox at their birthday bash, we wanted to interview John Bond about his experience of setting up the popular publishing services agency for publishers, agents, authors and brands. 1) How did you get the idea for the whitefox model? We came out of traditional publishing houses where we […]

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

I once worked for a start-up in which, with the grand total of four years under my belt, I was the person with the most publishing experience. Like many others in publishing, I found the challenges of growing a company to be immensely satisfying—but also, at times, a little scary. Joining the Independent Publishers Guild […]

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

Kingston University has chosen My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal as this year’s choice for their annual shared reading scheme which encourages all new students to settle into campus life by reading the same book before arriving. Launched in 2015, The Kingston University Big Read sees all new undergraduate and postgraduate students receive […]

Behind the scenes at Blackwell’s: What publishers can learn from a bookselling icon

Behind the scenes at Blackwell’s: What publishers can learn from a bookselling icon

Last week I was lucky enough to receive a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of Blackwell’s flagship store in Broad Street, Oxford. The point of the exercise, led by Kate Stilborn, Blackwell’s Customer Service and Operations Director, is to build stronger connections with publishers, in order for all of us to work better together. And sell more […]

Children’s language learning award

Children’s language learning award

After a two year hiatus and high demand, independent children¹s publisher b small publishing has just re-launched the b small Young Language Learner of the Year Award 2017. The award has been designed to encourage teachers, parents and carers to introduce their children to foreign languages in a creative way and to help them develop […]

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Working with authors has to be the best part of any commissioning editor’s job. At Open University Press, I have been lucky to work closely with leading executive coaches, psychologists, therapists and literacy experts. My authors are some of the most entrepreneurial and inspiring people I know, many have become friends. When the publisher-author relationship […]

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

The British Printing Industries Federation, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and BookMachine are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017. These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1 […]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. March’s winner was Percie Edgeler who writes about the future of the print book.  For the past few years, there has been a rallying cry around the advent of the ebook: print is dead. Since 2015 however there has […]

Book Aid International Publisher Ambassadors programme

Book Aid International Publisher Ambassadors programme

Do you love books and want to use your passion to help others? Join Book Aid International’s Publisher Ambassador scheme and help hundreds of thousands of people access the books and information they need to change their lives and shape their own futures. Publisher Ambassadors represent Book Aid International in their organisations and within the […]