Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

While the details of any book are important to get right, books about personal or sensitive topics require an extra level of attention to ensure inclusivity and correctness. We launched our gender diversity list in January 2017, and since then we’ve published a wide range of books by trans and non-binary authors. While the issues […]

Interview with WriteNow participant Nelson Abbey

Interview with WriteNow participant Nelson Abbey

WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves, is back for 2017. The world’s number-one publisher is looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability, […]

Interview with WriteNow mentor Lydia Yadi

Interview with WriteNow mentor Lydia Yadi

WriteNow, Penguin Random House UK’s programme to find, mentor and publish new writers currently under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves, is back for 2017. The world’s number-one publisher is looking for new writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) and BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writers, or writers with a disability, to […]

Tips for how and when to use paid social media advertising

Tips for how and when to use paid social media advertising

William Horsnell joined Jessica Kingsley Publishers in April 2016 and is the marketing executive responsible for their Education, Special Education, Early Years and Adoption and Fostering lists.  He takes a particular interest in digital marketing and finding new ways to make campaigns more innovative. Here, he discusses the use of paid social media advertising. Any […]

Innovative publishing for people who have visual impairments

Innovative publishing for people who have visual impairments

It’s entirely possible that you won’t have heard of Calibre and yet this organisation is a key part of the publishing supply chain for thousands of adults and children in the UK and EU. Nearly 2,000,000 people in the UK suffer from sight loss (either partial or complete) and of these over 25,000 are children. […]

How to secure publicity for potentially divisive books

How to secure publicity for potentially divisive books

January this year saw the launch of our new series of books on gender diversity. From first-person memoirs to children’s storybooks, many of these books are written by trans and non-binary people and consider the particular challenges that this group faces. We expected some negative press on the launch of this list – the topics […]

On being a Rising Star: Sarah Plows interview

On being a Rising Star: Sarah Plows interview

Sarah Plows manages the marketing and publicity team at Jessica Kingsley Publishers, having previously held positions in the marketing departments of Palgrave Macmillan and Robert Hale. She features on The Bookseller’s 2017 list of Rising Stars in the publishing industry. Here Norah Myers interviews her about her role and recent award.  1) Congratulations on being […]

Interview with Alice Curry, winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Interview with Alice Curry, winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Alice Curry is the Founder and Publisher of Lantana Publishing, a London-based independent publishing company nominated for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year 2017. She is this year’s winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. Norah Myers interviews her here.  1) Huge congratulations on winning the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. What […]

Interview with Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, winner of last year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Interview with Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, winner of last year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

Rebecca Lewis-Oakes is the 2015 winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. She is currently Managing Editor for Fiction at Egmont UK and has been a commissioning editor at Puffin, Faber & Faber and Scholastic, working across all ages and ranges of children’s books, from fiction and non-fiction to picture books, gift and novelty. Her […]

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Abbie Headon is Commissioning and Digital Development Editor at Summersdale Publishers, and a BookMachine Board Member (representing the Editorial Channel). I was lucky enough last week to go to my first official publishing event wearing my BookMachine hat, as I wended my way to The Caledonian Club in the heart of London for the catchily-titled ‘Westminster Media […]