OWN IT! snaps up rights to debut novel by exciting new British voice JJ Bola

OWN IT! snaps up rights to debut novel by exciting new British voice JJ Bola

Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT! has won a keenly and closely contested auction to the very special debut novel ‘No Place to Call Home’ by JJ Bola, in a deal negotiated with Maria Cardona of Pontas Literary & Film Agency. Kinshasa-born (1986) and London-raised, JJ Bola is currently doing a MA in Creative Writing at […]

A day in the life of a Publisher Account Manager at Nielsen Book Research

A day in the life of a Publisher Account Manager at Nielsen Book Research

Jaclyn Swope is a Publisher Account Manager on the Book Research team at Nielsen BookScan, where she assists a variety of publishers with understanding and utilising both retail sales and consumer data, through training sessions, presentations and bespoke analysis of book industry trends. 8:41 (okay okay more often 9am): I get the train from Surbiton to Woking, […]

The truth about business books

The truth about business books

I recently collaborated with an MBA student writing her dissertation. It was a fascinating experience, and a great opportunity for me to commission some top-class primary research into the way that the business of business books is changing. One of the key findings of her research was that for business authors, the value of the […]

Sarah Crossan in conversation with Tanya Landman [EVENT]

Sarah Crossan in conversation with Tanya Landman [EVENT]

A little something for BookMachine Members today. As you know, Bloomsbury Book Club are BookMachine-friendly and offer you 20% off their events. This one is happening in London on Thursday 24th November (you can grab the discount code on your members dashboard) – and is being chaired by the one and only Harriet Minter, mostly […]

NaNoWriMo for publishing folk

NaNoWriMo for publishing folk

This is a guest post by Bree Weber. Bree is a book designer and publishing consultant who loves Oxford commas. You can reach out to her on Twitter @thebookoctopus On November 1st, the publishing industry will get a little quieter, all thanks to a month-long “contest” steadily growing in participants and controversy. Writers outline and […]

Dan Mooney wins £2,500 with Luke Bitmead Bursary Award

Dan Mooney wins £2,500 with Luke Bitmead Bursary Award

Aspiring author Dan Mooney has been announced as the winner of the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary 2016 in an award ceremony in Central London on Friday 28th October. Dan Mooney received a cheque for £2,500 as well as a publishing contract with Legend Press for his debut novel Me Myself and Them. The novel will be […]

Coding for publishers: taster course

Coding for publishers: taster course

SYP member Jessica Ballance combines her work as a bookseller and manager of Daunt Books in North London with the role of associate editor at Dodo Ink, an independent publisher of daring and diverse literary fiction. In September she attended the first Coding for publishers: taster course – here is her review. For a long time now, I have […]

Digital publishing is now “fabric”, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy

Digital publishing is now “fabric”, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy

This is a guest blog post by Steve Connolly, Publishing Director for FE and Digital at Hodder Education. This blog post first appeared on the Publishing Training Centre Blog. When we pause for thought to contemplate the evolution of digital publishing, it is clear that a revolution has taken place in the way that content […]

5 Tips for starting out as an agent

5 Tips for starting out as an agent

Hattie Grunewald is an agent at Blake Friedmann agency. She assists Carole Blake, handles short fiction and permissions on behalf of Blake Friedmann clients, and has been building her list since the start of 2016. Hattie is looking for women’s fiction, crime and thrillers, and realistic YA and middle-grade fiction. In non-fiction, she is looking […]

5 skills a designer needs

5 skills a designer needs

This is a guest blog post by Jo Thomson. Jo is a Senior Designer at Pan Macmillan Publishers. Before working in publishing, Jo was a designer at design studio Stylorouge where she worked on a range of projects with clients including EMI, Universal and Cancer Research. 1. Communication A designer needs to be able to […]