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 […]

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 […]

The Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes: Interview with Michael Kelleher

The Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes: Interview with Michael Kelleher

Many writers work other jobs in order to afford to write. The Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes are designed to give writers of all kinds the financial freedom to focus on the writing that matters the most to them. Michael Kelleher is a poet and the founding director of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. Norah […]

If books be the food of love, read on: Sharing books on Valentine’s Day

If books be the food of love, read on: Sharing books on Valentine’s Day

As the Book Bulletin online catalogue crowdfunding campaign for reading recommendations and gift suggestions comes to an end on International Book Giving Day (also known in some quarters as ‘Valentine’s Day’), Christopher Norris from the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign asked friends, fans and followers of the initiative how they would feel about exchanging books with significant […]

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

Innovation alone is not enough – BookMachine teams up with Emerald Publishing

As part of Academic Book Week, on Monday 23rd January, Emerald Publishing hosted a debate called ‘Creating the Future of Academic Publishing: Strengthening the Research Ecosystem‘. It was held at London South Bank University and organised by BookMachine. The event was compered by Richard Fisher from the Independent Publishers’ Guild (IPG), with panellists Martin Eve, […]

BookGig: The ‘publisher agnostic’ initiative launched by HarperCollins

BookGig: The ‘publisher agnostic’ initiative launched by HarperCollins

A new initiative hit the book world this week: BookGig, ‘all the events from the authors you love’. What’s interesting about that? Well, it’s one of the few initiatives launched by a publisher (HarperCollins) that isn’t narrowly focused on that publisher’s own lists. ‘Publisher agnostic’, they’re calling it. Which is exactly what readers are, of […]

From publishing to pioneer: Crystal Mahey-Morgan interview

From publishing to pioneer: Crystal Mahey-Morgan interview

Crystal Mahey-Morgan is Founder at OWN IT! Entertainment Limited. OWN IT! is a storytelling lifestyle brand, telling stories across books, music, fashion and film. At the heart of everything it does is a desire to share, empower, celebrate and inspire. We wanted to find out more about Crystal and her vision. 1) Your writing has […]

Organising a book launch: tips for making it awesome

Organising a book launch: tips for making it awesome

If you read this site often, you will know that it is ‘book launch’ time. Snapshots III, BookMachine on Publishing is a compilation of the best of the BookMachine blog. It requires a big bash to announce its arrival. And, as any event organiser will know, the success is in the detail. Snapshots I was […]

An author event without the warm white wine and crisps

An author event without the warm white wine and crisps

This is a Guest Post by Sam Eades. Sam spent eight years as a publicist working for Transworld, Headline and Pan Macmillan on authors including Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Jessie Burton and Hercule Poirot (David Suchet). She is now Senior Commissioning Editor & Associate Publicist at Orion Fiction. Here she discusses the current health of book tours […]

The next 5 years of publishing: jetpacks and hoverboards [OPINION]

The next 5 years of publishing: jetpacks and hoverboards [OPINION]

In the run up to Publishing: the next 5 years, BookMachine will be featuring a number of opinions about what might be next for the industry. This is a guest blog from Lottie Chase. Lottie is the Sales Manager of Legend Press, a publisher passionate about championing new and high-profile authors and ensuring the book […]