The author platform: Why it matters for publishers

The author platform: Why it matters for publishers

Adrian Zackheim, founder of Portfolio, Penguin’s prestigious business book list, knows a thing or two about acquiring and marketing business books. So when I spoke to him in The Extraordinary Business Book Club this week I asked what he looked for in an author. An existing platform – a strong social media following, highly ranked […]

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 […]

The London Book Fair Competition #BookMachineWorks

The London Book Fair Competition #BookMachineWorks

This competition is for you. We want you to capture your best moments from this year’s London Book Fair and share your photos using the hashtag #BookMachineWorks On Friday we will pick the best picture – the winning photographer wins a free 12 Month BookMachine Promoted Membership, worth £90. They will also be sent a […]

A tax on the precariat: what the 2017 budget means for the self-employed in publishing

A tax on the precariat: what the 2017 budget means for the self-employed in publishing

Outrage abounds in the wake of Philip Hammond’s 2017 Budget announcement on Wednesday. Amongst other controversial moves, National Insurance (NI) payments on the self-employed have been increased by 2%. But what effect will this raise have on the growing number of self-employed and freelance workers in the publishing industry? The figures Let’s start by looking […]

Paula Neary from Springer Nature joins Ribbonfish as CEO

Paula Neary from Springer Nature joins Ribbonfish as CEO

Ribbonfish has appointed Paula Neary as its new CEO. The former Director of Business Systems at Springer Nature takes up a leadership role at the fast-growing publishing technology startup from March onwards, after leaving her previous post in early 2017. Based in London and New York, Ribbonfish is aiming to expand its existing portfolio of […]

Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2017: Sam Perkins announced as a winner

Unsung Heroes of Publishing 2017: Sam Perkins announced as a winner

Everyone likes to win an award – it spruces up your CV by showing that you are at the top of your profession, achieving more than the list of tasks on your job spec. It illustrates that others recognize your talents and think highly enough of you to nominate you. It’s like a great big […]

Get involved with BookMachine at The London Book Fair

Get involved with BookMachine at The London Book Fair

BookMachine are huge Book Fair fans. Not only does the annual event allow us to meet our readers, members and clients in one place, but we also enjoy organising an event in the tech zone each year. This year is no different. And this year we will also be launching something new. So if you […]

JVs and affiliates – better together

JVs and affiliates – better together

It’s a fact of life – of my life certainly, and I’m pretty sure yours too – that you can’t do everything on your own. Sometimes you need to bring specific skills and experience into the business by recruiting, sometimes you need to partner with another company, such as software developers, to deliver a project. […]

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 […]