BookMachine Week


23rd – 27th February 2015

in 5 cities

Barcelona | Brighton | London | New York | Oxford

New for 2015 is BookMachine Week

A week of events aimed at bringing together
publishers, designers, editors, marketers and writers.

In a digital world of click, swipe and delete, a lot of images pass us by too quickly. What does this mean for images and illustration in publishing? This month speakers have been invited to share their thoughts, including:
  • What has been the influence of digital technology on illustrated books?
  • How to thrive amid shrinking bookstore space?
  • How to stay relevant as Pinterest, social media, and Youtube grow in popularity?
  • What is the impact of self-publishing?
Whilst talking about the bigger picture, speakers will also share their own personal experiences in this informal, collaborative setting – what they have done well, what they have learned and what they will do differently next time.

Monday 23rd February – BookMachine Brighton

Tim PilcherTim Pilcher (@Tim_Pilcher) has spent over 25 years working in comics and publishing at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, Comics International, Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Ilex Press. He is the current chair of the Comic Book Alliance and is the author of over 20 books, including his memoir, Comic Book Babylon. He is the editor of Brighton: The Graphic Novel, and the forthcoming, Brighton’s Graphic War. He is currently Humanoids’ UK liaison and has lectured on comics at Trinity College, UCL, Imperial War Museum, ICA and The British Library.


BookMachine Brighton is kindly sponsored by Spineless Classics and PLSclear – Straightforward permissions

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Tuesday 24th February – BookMachine London

MarcusMarcus Leaver (@fearlessleaver) has been Chief Executive Officer since December 2012 having joined the board of Quarto as Chief Operating Officer in May 2012. Prior to Quarto, he worked in the USA from 2005, latterly as President of Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, the leading bricks-and-mortar bookseller in the US. Before living and working in the US, he worked in London for Chrysalis Group plc, a London Stock Exchange-listed media company, latterly as CEO of Chrysalis Books Group, from 2002, and prior to that Corporate Development Director and in a number of different general management roles, from 1998.

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BookMachine London is kindly sponsored by The Quarto Group

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Wednesday 25th February – BookMachine NYC

AmandaAmanda Barbara (@AmandaBabs1) is the CEO of Pubslush, a a pre-publication platform that allows authors and publishers to raise funds and/or collect pre-orders while implementing strategic marketing before publication. Amanda is member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and is an advocate for crowdfunding in the publishing world.  She has spoken at various conferences, such as Writer’s Digest, Exceptional Women in Publishing, Crowdfunding East Conference, and the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, and has served as an ambassador and speaker at CONTEC at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Regina-FlathRegina Flath (@reginaflath) is a book designer for the Pulse imprint of Simon and Schuster, as well as a freelance illustrator. She’s designed the covers for Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds and both designs and illustrates the covers of David A. Adler’s Danny’s Doodles series. She’s a friend to imaginary creatures everywhere. Find her on the internet at

Peter MeyersPeter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. For more than two decades he has worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher. He has advised many companies on digital content design including O’Reilly Media, Fidelity, Penguin, the IDPF, and Pearson. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience” (, Peter has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.



BookMachine NYC is kindly sponsored by City University, London

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Thursday 26th February – BookMachine Barcelona

BiancaBlanca Rosa Roca (@RocaEditorial) is the founder and director of Roca Editorial, set up  in 2013, by five professionals with substantial experience of publishing. Since then they have carved a niche in the market with important authors as: Noah Gordon, Michael Connelly, Edward Rutherfurd, John Verdon, Craig Russell, Peter James, EL Doctorow, Christopher Paolini, among international writers and a large number of Spanish authors.

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BookMachine Barcelona is kindly sponsored by Seebook and Roter Books.

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Thursday 26th February – BookMachine Oxford

Rebecca Swift

Rebecca Swift is on of the founding members of the creative research team at Getty Images. With over 20 years of experience in the photography industry, Rebecca is an inspiration for everyone involved in the visual aspects of book publishing.

One of the projects Rebecca will talk about evolved from the popularity of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. There are now over 3,000 creative images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and families available via Getty Images through their partnership with Lean In.


BookMachine Oxford is kindly sponsored by Getty Images

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Friday 27th February – 3pm GMT – BookMachine Twitter chat 

Twitter_logo_blue-1In a digital world of click, swipe and delete, a lot of images pass us by too quickly. What does this mean for images and illustration in publishing? This Twitter chat will bring together some of the questions and themes from BookMachine week and is also an opportunity for those who didn’t get to attend a live event, to discuss the issues online.