Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

I have spent fifteen years writing the How to Train Your Dragon books, and over those fifteen years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, something you do before moving on […]

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

Sweek, a social platform for free reading and writing, and Ravensburger, a well-known German publisher, have successfully completed #SchreibMitRavensburger, a Young Adult writing contest. At an exclusive event at the Ravensburger headquarters, Samira Bosshard was revealed to be the winner of the contest and earned herself a publishing contract, after impressing both the Sweek reading […]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 1]

This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals. In this two part post, Ricardo shares what publishers can learn from self-publishers.  One of the great things about Reedsy […]

FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers

FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers

Sheila Bounford has worked in service businesses connected to the publishing industry for thirty years. A former Executive Director of the IPG, Head of Business Development at NBNi, and mentor to independent publishers, she is currently teaching English to secondary school pupils as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. BookMachine is a great […]

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 […]

Alchemy: Why poetry publishers need to get it together

Alchemy: Why poetry publishers need to get it together

In May this year, three wrestling matches were held in a library. Two small poetry publishers, Sidekick Books and The Emma Press, nominated their champions for the ‘Pamphleteers’ grand slam, roared about their scrapping prowess and set them against each other in a no-holds-bard smackdown. Pamphlet took on pamphlet, and the poetry pitted dinosaurs against […]

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, and works on the In Other Words translation initiative. My first few years in children’s publishing were spent in rights and production departments. It was wonderful watching our books get translated into dozens of […]

Managing communication in outsourcing: What tools are available to publishers?

Managing communication in outsourcing: What tools are available to publishers?

As outsourcing becomes the norm in publishing there is a demand for tools to help manage the communication between in-house staff and their freelancers. This recent whitepaper from Just Content in collaboration with BookMachine explores the options available to publishers along with the issues surrounding communication itself: Communication is key to ensuring that projects run […]