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 […]

Interview with Literary Agent Diana Beaumont

Interview with Literary Agent Diana Beaumont

Diana Beaumont joined Marjacq in 2017; she started agenting with Rupert Heath Literary Agency in 2011 before moving to UTA. Before that she was senior commissioning editor at Transworld. Diana was chosen as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2012. Here Norah Myers interviews her. 1) What do you most look forward to in […]

What can publishers learn from the Women’s March London?

What can publishers learn from the Women’s March London?

On 21st January 2017, I made the journey to London, met with my youngest sister and some friends and we marched from Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square along with an estimated 100,000 others. We were there because, the day before, a man who had boasted about sexually assaulting women, who is endorsed by the KKK […]

Realities of publishing which I find hard to imagine

Realities of publishing which I find hard to imagine

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, including books specially chosen for children with additional needs. There was recently an article about things that used to be part of a publisher’s day which millennials may find hard to imagine. As a […]

Inclusivity and diversity in publishing: Interview with literary agent Isobel Dixon

Inclusivity and diversity in publishing: Interview with literary agent Isobel Dixon

Isobel Dixon grew up in South Africa, studied in Scotland and now works in London. She is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency where she represents a wide range of writers from around the world. Norah Myers interviews her here. 1) Why was it important to you to speak at Building Inclusivity in […]

Making publishing more diverse: Interview with Josie Dobrin

Making publishing more diverse: Interview with Josie Dobrin

Josie Dobrin is Chief Executive and co-founder of Creative Access. Creative Access works to tackle the absence of diversity in creative industries by providing young BAME people, paid training opportunities in creative companies and supporting them into full time employment. Norah Myers interviews Josie here.  1) How has Creative Access promoted diversity in book publishing? Creative Access was born […]

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 […]

Publishing for children: a thought-piece [winning blog idea October]

Publishing for children: a thought-piece [winning blog idea October]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. This month Barb Kuntova, a publishing student at University of Stirling, had the winning idea. She is very much interested in children’s publishing and poetry publishing. You can follow her on Twitter (@ibreakfastbooks), instagram (@laylajaglovs), or read her blog […]