Tips for running a bookshop event

Tips for running a bookshop event

Sheila O’Reilly is the Events Manager Village Bookshop in Dulwich Village. She is a bookseller with over 18 years’ experience of running bookshops and author event. Passionate about running hugely successful events that customers enjoy she also loves reading well written stories. Here she shares her top tips for running bookshop events.  When BookMachine asked […]

Self-publishers, you are your own project manager

Self-publishers, you are your own project manager

Independent authors are often criticized for being too quick to hit publish. This observation carries the veiled assumption that they do this because they are overly eager to get their book to market. But just as often, authors publish before they should because of publishing fatigue. They lose steam during the last stages of book […]

Elevator pitches for editors

Elevator pitches for editors

It’s that time of the year – at least in the UK – when the spring flowers are out, the birds are singing, there’s a fleeting glimmer of sunshine … and it’s the end of a tax year (or the start of a new one, depending on how you choose to look at it). Perhaps […]

Top 10 titles on work-life balance and productivity

Top 10 titles on work-life balance and productivity

I’m a productivity geek. I’m on a lifelong mission to tweak and improve how I do things. Each day is an experiment, mostly one that fails. This used to be a secret practice, then I took part in a panel discussion on work-life balance. Alongside four of my colleagues I was quizzed on how to […]

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Publisher-author clashes: How to deal with the most common areas of conflict

Working with authors has to be the best part of any commissioning editor’s job. At Open University Press, I have been lucky to work closely with leading executive coaches, psychologists, therapists and literacy experts. My authors are some of the most entrepreneurial and inspiring people I know, many have become friends. When the publisher-author relationship […]

How to select photos for projects

How to select photos for projects

Getting photos for your project should be easy, there’s so much available on the internet, right? Well, yes and no. There are a few pitfalls you should be aware of, and easy ways of doing your picture research. The pitfalls 1) Copyright Many people think that it’s OK to copy pictures from the internet and […]

Top 5 productivity books for writers

Top 5 productivity books for writers

I’m a productivity nerd – nothing delights me more than a how-to guide on getting organised and getting things done. Over the years I’ve gathered a collection of titles that have inspired me to start writing, helped me deal with distraction, and offered advice on building a regular writing habit. Here’s my selection of those […]

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

5 ideas to keep a freelance career interesting

In the run up to the next BookMachine event on Wednesday (15th), ‘Outsourcing Uncovered:Managing, inspiring and evaluating your out-of-house workforce‘, Liz Jones shares her top tips for staying interested as a freelancer.  Many publishing professionals make the leap from employment to freelancing. However, it can be a shock to move from a senior in-house position […]

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Post-publication editing for self-publishing authors

Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copy-editor who specializes in helping independent authors of fiction and non-fiction bring clarity and consistency to their books. To get in touch, visit her website: Louise Harnby | Proofreader. I’m a specialist author’s proofreader and copy-editor. I work primarily with independent fiction writers in a variety of genres […]

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

The Productive Publisher: Tips for getting things done, so you spend time doing what you love

It’s no secret I’m a productivity freak. A friend recently drew a cartoon birthday card of me as Little Miss Just Get It Done and my secret Santa gift from colleagues at Emerald Group Publishing this Christmas was a mug emblazoned with the words: Get Shit Done. At home, my shelves are overflowing with books […]