The importance of covers in commercial fiction

The importance of covers in commercial fiction

Phoebe Morgan is an editor at HarperCollins specialising in commercial crime, thrillers and women’s fiction. She is also an author and her first book, The Doll House, will publish from HQ this September. In commercial fiction, the importance of book covers cannot be underestimated. Think about it – you’re walking through a bookshop, and what […]

Interview with Holger Volland, Vice President Business Development at Frankfurter Buchmesse and founder of THE ARTS+

Interview with Holger Volland, Vice President Business Development at Frankfurter Buchmesse and founder of THE ARTS+

Last year, THE ARTS+ was launched as a new meeting place for the cultural and creative industries. This year it is back – and will run parallel to Frankfurt Book Fair from 11 till 15 October. In the run up to the big event BookMachine and THE ARTS+ are organising an event in London. In […]

‘If you can’t make it big, make it red’: Book design branding basics

‘If you can’t make it big, make it red’: Book design branding basics

With all romantic flare attached to writing, from the marketing department’s point of view a book is a product that should recoup the publisher’s investment. Where there’s a product, there’s a package. Where there’s a package, there is, naturally, branding. With book design branding, the cover comes first. The author’s name, of course, might be […]

THE ARTS+ – new meeting place for the cultural and creative industries

THE ARTS+ – new meeting place for the cultural and creative industries

Last year, THE ARTS+ was launched as a new meeting place for the cultural and creative industries. This year it is back – and will run parallel to Frankfurt Book Fair from 11 till 15 October. In the run up to the big event BookMachine and THE ARTS+ are organising an event in London. In […]

THE ARTS+ – New meeting place for the cultural and creative industries

THE ARTS+ – New meeting place for the cultural and creative industries

Last year, THE ARTS+ was launched as a new meeting place for the cultural and creative industries. This year it is back – and will run parallel to Frankfurt Book Fair from 11 till 15 October. In the run up to the big event BookMachine and THE ARTS+ are organising an event in London. So […]

Ten things we learned at CreativePro Week

Ten things we learned at CreativePro Week

May 22-26 was CreativePro Week in Atlanta, Georgia. Our man Ken Jones was there and reports back for BookMachine. CreativePro Week was a coming together of over forty expert speakers, dozens of developers and over five hundred InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator users for a full 5 days of practical, creative and technical sessions, workshops and […]

Why choose a specialist picture library?

Why choose a specialist picture library?

Luci Gosling, Head of Sales and Research at historical image specialist Mary Evans Picture Library argues the case for the smaller, specialist agency in an industry that is becoming increasingly dominated by a handful of major players. Founded in 1964, Mary Evans Picture Library was borne out of Mary’s, and her husband Hilary’s shared love […]

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 […]

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

Tips & Tricks: Improving legibility of text on images

One of the fundamental things you can do either as a designer, or someone creating your own materials, is to understand how to get the best out of combining texts and images. When you overlay text onto a photo different areas of light and dark can reduce legibility. So we asked Amy, one of our Design Managers, […]

Wear out your command key: Ten tips on using Photoshop and InDesign like the pros

Wear out your command key: Ten tips on using Photoshop and InDesign like the pros

Understanding Photoshop with Ken Jones4th May 2017 | Faber Academy, Bloomsbury, London Sign up. Learning how to use your Adobe software quickly and cleverly is something that I include in my training sessions for publishing people at any level of experience. A good understanding of the principles and capabilities of your Adobe apps is an […]