About Emma Smith

Emma Smith is an Editorial Assistant, currently working in trade publishing. When she’s not working, reading or doing other wholesome activities, she helps out with the BookMachine Facebook page and interviews interesting publishing people.

Sleek lines and celestial voices at Foyles

Sleek lines and celestial voices at Foyles

The long-awaited new flagship Foyles store at 107 Charing Cross Road opened to much fanfare last week. Emma Smith went to the launch party to check it out. White walls, bright lights, airy spaces, sleek lines and celestial voices (in the form of Foyles Festival Chorus choir) greeted the eager throngs of publishing industry guests […]

5 Questions for Charly Ford of Osprey Publishing, host of BookMachine Oxford [INTERVIEW]

Charly Ford is a Project Manager at Osprey Publishing and is hosting the BookMachine event in Oxford. Here, Charly shares her enthusiasm for publishing and tells us why you should come along and join the fun later this month.  

Foyles BookShop Workshops [REPORT]

Gin palaces, children’s hidey holes, book delivery chutes and outdoor touchscreens were just some of the ideas that sprung from last week’s Foyles Bookshop Workshops. On Monday and Friday afternoon, representatives from the publishing industry and beyond ascended to the gallery room of Foyles flagship store to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the future. […]

6 questions for Adrian Hon of Six to Start [INTERVIEW]

Adrian Hon is the Founder and Chief Creative at Six to Start, an award-winning online games company. Working with the likes of Penguin Books, Disney and the BBC, their transmedia experiences have engaged millions of people in new ways. Adrian originally trained as a neuroscientist at Cambridge and Oxford and also writes for The Telegraph about […]

6 questions for Joe Pickering, Publicity Director at Random House UK [INTERVIEW]

Joe Pickering is a Publicity Director at Random House UK, in charge of the Jonathan Cape and Bodley Head imprints. With a mega Twitter following (@Joethepublicist) and an enviable list of esteemed writers under his wing, we pick Joe’s brains for industry know-how and find out about the road to publicity stardom…

5 Questions for Ruth Warburton [INTERVIEW]

Ruth Warburton is a job-sharing publicity manager for the Vintage imprints Chatto & Windus and Square Peg at Random House. Having won PPC awards for her campaigns, she now mixes her role as a successful publicist with being a young adult author – The Winter Trilogy is published by Hodder Children’s Books. We catch up […]

5 questions for Rebecca Smart, CEO of Osprey Group [INTERVIEW]

The Osprey Group is an international publishing group with a digital success record that many larger publishers would envy. They publish under three brands: Osprey Publishing, Shire Books and Angry Robot. FutureBook award-winning Rebecca Smart, their CEO, has been recognised for her pioneering attitude and her leadership skills – now she shares some savvy thinking […]

5 questions for Laura Vile about All That Matters [INTERVIEW]

Are you a bit of a know-it-all? Always impressing people with your expert opinions? Have no fear if your knowledge isn’t quite up to scratch – Laura Vile, Marketing Executive at Hodder, is here to tell us about a new combination of books and free events covering today’s hot topics. Read on to find out […]

6 Questions for Russell Kerridge of Imagewrite [INTERVIEW]

This week the History of Humanity app was released; a collection of 52 full colour books including more than 7,000 illustrations in both English and Spanish – and it all fits into one app!   If you’re wondering how it works, you can download it here, and get 2 of the books for free. Emma […]

6 Questions for Nikesh Shukla [INTERVIEW]

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the Costa First Novel Award-shortlisted novel, ‘Coconut Unlimited’ (‘…a riot of cringeworthy moments made real by Shukla’s beautifully observed characters and talent for teen banter.’ Metro) and the Channel 4 Comedy Lab ‘Kabadasses’ starring Jack Doolan, Josie Long and Shazad Latif. He also co-authored a book about the riots […]