Career progression: Interview with Alexa von Hirschberg

Career progression: Interview with Alexa von Hirschberg

Alexa von Hirschberg is a Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Norah Myers interviews her here.  1) You’ve progressed from editorial assistant all the way to senior commissioning editor. What was the biggest change in your responsibilities as you moved from one role to the next? When you are an assistant or a desk editor/managing […]

Career progression: Interview with Publisher Jeremy Trevathan

Career progression: Interview with Publisher Jeremy Trevathan

Jeremy Trevathan is the Publisher at Pan Macmillan in the UK, responsible for the adult division, which publishes authors as diverse as Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Danielle Steel, Alan Hollinghurst, Cormac McCarthy, Nelson Mandela and Joe Wicks. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about the progression of his career. 1) How did you personally know […]

Get Into Book Publishing

Get Into Book Publishing

I recently attended Get Into Book Publishing, an accessible, tutorial-led course at University College London. The four-day event, attended by around seventy delegates, was organised and led by Heather O’Connell of Bluebird Consulting. The course was intended to provide a comprehensive insight into the many different roles available in book publishing, for people with little […]

Want to win a book industry award?

Want to win a book industry award?

Winning awards won’t make you rich, and it may not help you sell books. But It will spruce up your CV, massage your ego immensely, impress your boss and on occasion you can even win a mighty fine prize. The following are noteworthy prizes, awards and programmes available for publishing superstars to apply for. There […]

Interview with Francesca Main, Publishing Director at Picador

Interview with Francesca Main, Publishing Director at Picador

Francesca Main is Publishing Director at Picador, where her authors include Jessie Burton, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Emma Flint, Mark Watson and Adam Kay. She was named Editor of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards in 2015. Previously, she worked at Simon & Schuster, Hamish Hamilton and Penguin and has also taught creative writing and editing […]

Dealing with change at work: Tony Burke interview

Dealing with change at work: Tony Burke interview

On 19th July, over 100 publishers will meet at St Bride Foundation off Fleet Street to discuss how to deal with change at work. One of the panelists is Tony Burke, an Assistant General Secretary at Unite the Union. Here are some of his thoughts ahead of the event. 1) Why do you think that organisations […]

Want to know more about book publishing? Ask an Agony Aunt/Uncle

Want to know more about book publishing? Ask an Agony Aunt/Uncle

In August 2016 BookMachine invited a group of publishing-savvy professionals to join its editorial board. This, in short, means that it’s not just the 3 of us (Sam, Laura, Norah) who are thinking about how to publish the best ideas insights about the industry on the site – there is now a group of experienced […]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Why professional ghostwriters don’t work for peanuts [winning blog idea February]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. February’s winner was Emma Murray, who wrote for us about why it’s worth investing in a good ghostwriter. Emma is a bestselling author and ghostwriter, specialising in business, psychology and higher education. She also ghosts books, blogs, articles, case […]

The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

The making of a unicorn (aka the ideal freelancer)

On Wednesday 15th February, Kathryn Munt, Astrid deRidder and Anna Faherty were in turns helpful, humorous and honest in their observations on outsourcing and freelancing. Astrid used the term ‘unicorn’ to describe the ideal freelancer: reliable, on time, within budget, problem solving, going beyond the brief. Each of us smiled as we realised that we were […]

It seems that there’s not a publishing skills shortage at all

It seems that there’s not a publishing skills shortage at all

Peter McKay is Chief Executive of the Publishing Training Centre. He joined the PTC in 2011 after 34 years in educational, scholarly and professional publishing. The PTC, an independent charitable foundation established 40 year ago, is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry […]