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 […]

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

My Name is Leon chosen as this year’s KU Big Read for new students

Kingston University has chosen My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal as this year’s choice for their annual shared reading scheme which encourages all new students to settle into campus life by reading the same book before arriving. Launched in 2015, The Kingston University Big Read sees all new undergraduate and postgraduate students receive […]

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

Call for entries: British Book Design and Production Awards 2017

The British Printing Industries Federation, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and BookMachine are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017. These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1 […]

BookMachine March Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine March Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

The big news from March in UK publishing is obviously the London Book Fair (LBF). Poland shone at this year’s Market Focus, and the Fair was busier than usual, with six-figure deals struck ahead of time and publishers cheerfully splashing cash as sales rose. This was seen as further evidence of the rise of print, […]

Scratching out is the new colouring in

Scratching out is the new colouring in

The Quarto Group have announced the launch of Scratch & Create, a new series of books that feature metallic ink layered over drawings or colourful backgrounds. With a stylus, you scratch away the coating to reveal the artwork beneath. David Breuer, Chief Creative Officer, said: ‘More and more adults are looking for creative activities that can help […]

8 writers receive the phone call of a lifetime: Windham-Cambell Prizes announced

8 writers receive the phone call of a lifetime: Windham-Cambell Prizes announced

The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University made the call of a lifetime to eight unsuspecting writers this week, and informed them that they will be recognized with a $165,000 individual prize to support their writing. This year’s recipients of one of the world’s richest literature prizes for the first time include poets, […]

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, booksellers have taken the spotlight, with Waterstones announcing their first year of profit since the 2008 financial crash. In fact, Bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2016 and Amazon is determined to get in on the action, with plans to open 10 books and mortar stores across the US by the end […]

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

Since 2015, Kingston University has given a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the univeristy as part of the KU Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they get there. After the success of KU Big Read 2016, more than 140 titles were suggested for […]

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers Resist London will take place at: The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury Sunday 15th January, 2017 4-6PM Free event, all welcome Writers Resist London will join over 50 cities worldwide in reaffirming a commitment to a tolerant and diverse society through panel discussion and poetry readings from literary voices. A flagship New York City event co-sponsored […]