BA Writing and Publishing: Indulge your passion for words

BA Writing and Publishing: Indulge your passion for words

Let’s start a campaign. A campaign to bring back a word than no one uses any more. Sorglufu: the Old English word that means ‘amorous love tinged with sorrow or regret’. What a wonderful word for a human emotion that is commonly enough experienced to deserve a word of its own! Let’s start a campaign […]

BookMachine Blogging Award: Votes needed

BookMachine Blogging Award: Votes needed

The blogging awards are back! These informal awards are a way to acknowledge the most popular BookMachine bloggers from 2016. Here’s how you can get involved: – Read the 5 most read blog posts of 2016 below – Decide on your favourite and vote for it by clicking on the bloggers name below. You can […]

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers Resist London will take place at: The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury Sunday 15th January, 2017 4-6PM Free event, all welcome Writers Resist London will join over 50 cities worldwide in reaffirming a commitment to a tolerant and diverse society through panel discussion and poetry readings from literary voices. A flagship New York City event co-sponsored […]

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

It’s no secret I’m a productivity freak. A friend recently drew a cartoon birthday card of me as Little Miss Just Get It Done and my secret Santa gift from colleagues at Emerald Group Publishing this Christmas was a mug emblazoned with the words: Get Shit Done. At home, my shelves are overflowing with books […]

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Publishers Assemble: Christmas 2016 is the time to connect

Let’s face it, 2016 has been one heck of a year. We’ve had Brexit; Trump; the Zika virus; nuclear and missile tests from North Korea; terrorist attacks in Brussels, Lahore and Istanbul, to name a few; plane crashes; global CO2 levels exceeding 400ppm; plus that creepily increasing list of celebrity deaths – and scarily enough, […]

Startup Snapshot: Writers Boon

Startup Snapshot: Writers Boon

1) What exactly is Writers Boon? Writers Boon is a free, all-powerful platform that helps authors navigate the publishing and marketing maze, connects them with trusted resources, and saves them money by featuring offers, deals and discounts. The platform is built with Oracle technology, the world’s number one database solutions provider. Writers Boon counts about 260+ topics and […]

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 […]