Amazon: How to get your book to appear alongside the Best Sellers [Winning blog idea July]

Amazon: How to get your book to appear alongside the Best Sellers [Winning blog idea July]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. July’s winner was Richard McCartney, with his tips on making it onto the Best Sellers list. Ever looked at a blockbuster book in your book genre and wished, “if only I could get my book to appear along side […]

Which social media channel sells the most books?

Which social media channel sells the most books?

“Which one social media channel will net me the most book sales?” an author asked me recently during my new weekly #BookMarketingChat. Well, it’s not that easy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just go to say, Facebook, because that’s the EASY button, and violá! They will come, we will sell, and yacht-life, here we […]

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition is about so much more than groceries

Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition is about so much more than groceries

Yes, the grocery business is huge. And while it’s one of several industries Amazon hasn’t yet dominated, there’s something way more significant about their acquisition of Whole Foods. This deal is about location, location, location. No, it’s not just about having Amazon groceries in physical locations. This is about creating a more efficient gateway between […]

Contracts? Show me the bit about advances and royalties and the rest isn’t worth reading!

Contracts? Show me the bit about advances and royalties and the rest isn’t worth reading!

Mara Livingstone-McPhail was a bookseller, reviewed books on BBC radio and organized book events in inner-city schools before being lured to London by the team who now run Chicken House Books. A freelance editor, proofreader and writer, she reads every day for as long as she can keep her eyes open. Here she explains some […]

A beginner’s guide to negotiating publishing contracts

A beginner’s guide to negotiating publishing contracts

Contracts? They are the pages of scary legal stuff that someone else deals with, right? A contract is a business agreement for the supply of goods or performance of work at a previously specified and agreed upon price. The payment often comes as an advance against royalties, which allows the author to have a share […]

5 things publishers should know about Kindle Unlimited for readers

5 things publishers should know about Kindle Unlimited for readers

Here we share Geethik Technologies’ insights into Kindle Unlimited (this blog post first appeared on the Geethik Technologies’ blog). Ebook subscription services are commonly hailed as the Netflix for books and Kindle Unlimited, launched back in July 2014, leads the pack. There are few serious competitors to consider in this market, especially after exits from Oyster and Entitle. Scribd […]

Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Ahead of our next event, ‘The Future of Literature in Translation‘, Nielsen BookScan’s Jaclyn Swope shares the data we need to know about translated titles. As translated titles have made more of an impact on the UK fiction market in recent years we’ve been working at Nielsen to find a way of getting a handle […]

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 […]

Interview with Senior Rights Manager Sarah Harvey

Interview with Senior Rights Manager Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey is Senior Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan where she sells translation rights around the world. She has previously worked in Rights at Hachette, Quercus, and HarperCollins. Here, Norah Myers interviews her about the progression of her career. 1) How did you personally know when you were ready to progress to your next role? […]