Making connections (and more) at conferences

Making connections (and more) at conferences

Conferences for publishing professionals are popping up everywhere these days. To make the most of attending a conference, go with two main goals: aim to learn and aim to connect. Going to a conference with the intent to learn makes both professional development and professional networking possible. Being in a teachable mindset often makes us […]

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 […]

Children’s language learning award

Children’s language learning award

After a two year hiatus and high demand, independent children¹s publisher b small publishing has just re-launched the b small Young Language Learner of the Year Award 2017. The award has been designed to encourage teachers, parents and carers to introduce their children to foreign languages in a creative way and to help them develop […]

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Jef Van der Avoort is co-founder of Squirl, the first location-based book discovery app. Previously he helped brands like LEGO, Philips and Hasbro to create engaging experiences on the border between the analog and digital world. 1) What exactly is Squirl? Squirl is a location-based book discovery app that lets you bump into the real-world settings […]

How we got everyone on Twitter talking about our debut book #NastyWomen

How we got everyone on Twitter talking about our debut book #NastyWomen

You’re one of over 200,000 new titles being published in the UK this year.[1] You’re a drop in an ocean of content, a grain of sand on a well-trodden beach of gems and, honestly, some flushed refuse. Where do you start on making a splash? For us at alternative Edinburgh-based publisher 404 Ink, we knew […]

Exciting new chapter in Paddington’s history announced at Bologna Book Fair

Exciting new chapter in Paddington’s history announced at Bologna Book Fair

Vivendi, who took full ownership of the Paddington brand worldwide in 2016, and HarperCollins Children’s Book, home of Paddington Bear publishing for sixty years, presented today a ground-breaking, six-year deal for world publishing rights at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the most important professional trade show dedicated to publishing and content for kids. Paddington Bear […]

Instagram Brand Building for Writers

Instagram Brand Building for Writers

Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent at P.S. Literary. Here she shares her top tips on Instagram brand-building for us to share with authors. Instagram is the last major social media frontier for many writers. It’s not new by any means; in fact, readers have been posting pictures of authors’ books since […]

BookTube 101 with Sanne Vliegenthart

BookTube 101 with Sanne Vliegenthart

This is a review of last night’s BookTube event by Abbie Headon. Abbie is Commissioning and Digital Development Editor at Summersdale Publishers. Her book Literary First Aid Kit was published by Summersdale in August 2015. Everyone in publishing knows one thing: that BookTube (as the community of book vloggers on YouTube is known) is important. […]

5 tips for getting yourself PR-ready

5 tips for getting yourself PR-ready

Congratulations, you’re writing a book. You’re probably thinking, ‘I just need to get this finished and then I’ll begin to think about how to promote it.’ My advice would be, start thinking now. It’s never too early! Here are my top 5 tips to get your book and yourself PR-ready: 1) Book your publicist early […]

BookMachine is launching a creative events and marketing agency

BookMachine is launching a creative events and marketing agency

The mission of BookMachine Works is to create outstanding events and unrivaled marketing campaigns for the publishing industry. BookMachine have built a successful community, running over 100 events and growing BookMachine.org into a destination for the publishing industry (with around 14,000 visits a month). The team behind BookMachine are now creating a new arm for […]