5 years since launching whitefox: founder insight interview

5 years since launching whitefox: founder insight interview

In the run up to celebrating 5 years of whitefox at their birthday bash, we wanted to interview John Bond about his experience of setting up the popular publishing services agency for publishers, agents, authors and brands. 1) How did you get the idea for the whitefox model? We came out of traditional publishing houses where we […]

Making connections (and more) at conferences

Making connections (and more) at conferences

Conferences for publishing professionals are popping up everywhere these days. To make the most of attending a conference, go with two main goals: aim to learn and aim to connect. Going to a conference with the intent to learn makes both professional development and professional networking possible. Being in a teachable mindset often makes us […]

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

Strength in numbers: Why bringing independent publishers together works

I once worked for a start-up in which, with the grand total of four years under my belt, I was the person with the most publishing experience. Like many others in publishing, I found the challenges of growing a company to be immensely satisfying—but also, at times, a little scary. Joining the Independent Publishers Guild […]

Behind the scenes at Blackwell’s: What publishers can learn from a bookselling icon

Behind the scenes at Blackwell’s: What publishers can learn from a bookselling icon

Last week I was lucky enough to receive a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of Blackwell’s flagship store in Broad Street, Oxford. The point of the exercise, led by Kate Stilborn, Blackwell’s Customer Service and Operations Director, is to build stronger connections with publishers, in order for all of us to work better together. And sell more […]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. March’s winner was Percie Edgeler who writes about the future of the print book.  For the past few years, there has been a rallying cry around the advent of the ebook: print is dead. Since 2015 however there has […]

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Jef Van der Avoort is co-founder of Squirl, the first location-based book discovery app. Previously he helped brands like LEGO, Philips and Hasbro to create engaging experiences on the border between the analog and digital world. 1) What exactly is Squirl? Squirl is a location-based book discovery app that lets you bump into the real-world settings […]

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Difficult authors: 14 tips for editors

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. In a previous article, freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Here she follows up with some useful tips on how to tackle these issues.  […]

17 ways to annoy an editor

17 ways to annoy an editor

Editors deal with all types of clients. Many of them are pleasant and easy to work with. Some can be very difficult. Freelance copy-editor Sue Littleford discusses different sorts of difficult clients and the problems an editor faces. Soon to follow is Sue’s companion piece on how to resolve these issues, and what authors can do […]

How to network when you’re naturally shy

How to network when you’re naturally shy

Networking is crucial in business. But what happens when you’re shy or feel overwhelmed at big events with new people? Stephanie Cox shares some valuable advice for networking when you’re naturally more introverted. I understand completely if you feel anxious about networking events. Rest assured: everyone feels that way sometimes. The below are a few […]

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

Publishing and Positioning: What thought leadership means for authors

My mum received a Christmas card from an old friend a few years back with a brief update on family news, including this plaintive summary: ‘The kids are both doing jobs I don’t understand.’ And who can blame her. For centuries how people described what they did in the working day was fairly consistent, but […]