Kingston Publishing MA shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017

Kingston Publishing MA shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards 2017

Huge congratulations to Kingston Publishing MA for being shortlisted in the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. Kingston University’s Big Read initiative which earned them the shortlisting, demonstrates their strong sense of community. The initiative which was launched in 2015, aims to make those coming to the university feel […]

#imaginepeace picture book launch with messages from around the world

#imaginepeace picture book launch with messages from around the world

imaginepeacebook.com is a new website celebrating the publication of IMAGINE, the first picture book set to John Lennon’s iconic lyrics paired with illustrations by award-winning artist Jean Jullien. The book has been published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group – all royalties from the sale of IMAGINE will be donated to […]

BookMachine July Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine July Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing news, it’s been all about the publisher’s best friend: the indie bookshop! The 2017 Independent Bookshop Week got well underway towards the end of June with the announcement of its annual Book Award, with winner Sebastian Barry praising the importance of independent bookshops and the culture they help to build. Publishers, too, seem to […]

Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change [REPORT]

Consent or Coercion – shape your fate in an age of change [REPORT]

Yesterday evening, members and friends of BookMachine and Unite gathered at St Bride Foundation for a panel discussion on the subject of change. There’s perhaps no better place to think about how the publishing industry has changed over the years than this historic building, tucked away just off Fleet Street, the former heart of the […]

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Why we should be publishing more children’s books in translation

Lisa Davis is the Book Purchasing Manager at BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity that gifts books to over two million children, and works on the In Other Words translation initiative. My first few years in children’s publishing were spent in rights and production departments. It was wonderful watching our books get translated into dozens of […]

The Authors for Grenfell initiative

The Authors for Grenfell initiative

Tom Witcomb is an agent at Blake Friedmann, where he began working after hearing about an internship whilst working in a call-centre. His list of fiction and non-fiction has received widespread critical acclaim, and several awards shortlistings. Like everyone, I was rocked to the core by the scene at Grenfell Tower, and as the story […]

BookMachine June Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine June Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, there has been much news from across the pond as BookExpo took place, with tweaks promised for 2018 to try to find the right balance between Expo and Con. The big books of the BookExpo show have been slightly overshadowed, however, by the continuing fuss over the size of advances being […]

BookMachine May Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine May Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

Big news from Amazon once again this month, as it hit an all-time high in the stock market and revenue from Q1 is up, prompting CEO Jeff Bezos to sell some of his stocks in the business for the largest sum yet. The tech giant’s Japanese expansion continues apace and they are widely considered to […]

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Introducing The Riff Raff: A new writers’ community

Amy Baker is a freelance writer and the author of travel humour memoir, “Miss-Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America”. She has just co-founded The Riff Raff – a writers’ community that champions debut authors and supports those hoping to one day be published themselves.  When working on your first […]

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing news, there has been an unusual obsession with the smell of books. Not only did scientists pin-point that distinctive smell of second-hand bookshops, but the Guardian discovered what you can tell about an individual book from its smell – and why the scent is so addictive. In the bookselling sphere, Amazon […]