Category: Articles

Catalogue season is here again (but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare)

The time: early evening, late February. The place: a dark office, desks piled with books, Jiffy bags, and full-colour A3 print-outs of spreadsheets. A woman sits, hunched, bathed in the glow of a screen, on which colourful rectangles dance. 

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So you want to work in Publishing? How to get the most out of your Internship

Almost everyone does more than one internship before they find a permanent job. In the six years I’ve been managing the Internship Programme at Profile Books the number of placements I see on prospective intern CVs has gone up. In 2012, it was one or two. The average now (before they even get interviewed for our internship) is four.  Most of these are for placements of less than one month – many of them only one or two weeks. You might not think something so short-term could provide any useful training. But even a one-week placement somewhere can be valuable if you go in with a plan.

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BookMachine launches brand spanking new event series: BookMachine Unplugged 2019

The popular event series is back, covering key industry topics – Production, Editorial, Tech, Marcomms, Audio and Design. This year there will be 6 Unplugged events, with 6 hosts, more than 18 confirmed speakers, 1 brand new venue and an awards ceremony.

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Editorial and Marketing Assistant [JOB POSTING]

Schofield & Sims is seeking an enthusiastic Editorial and Marketing Assistant to join their central London office, where you will be working on educational resources for both the school and trade markets.

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Audiobooks

Narrating audiobooks: an actor’s perspective

I’ve not been narrating audiobooks for that long really. I started when I left drama school in 2010, and have now read over 150 of them (some great, some not so great…!). It is a strange experience. You spend three or four days (sometimes longer), in what is essentially a padded cell, talking out loud to yourself in different voices. But if it’s a good book, I can’t think of many better ways to make a living. I love it. You get to meet and work with brilliant people, telling stories all week.

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Sara O'Connor

Interview with Sara O’Connor [Full Stack Developer]

Sara O’Connor worked in children’s publishing for 13 years and is now a full-time web developer. Frustrated with the cost and creative limitations of outsourcing good digital ideas (check out this article), she decided to retrain as a programmer. She now works with Emma Barnes at Consonance (the new name for Bibliocloud), helping to build the software she wished she had when she worked in publishing. Sara will be joining our panel at BookMachine Unplugged 2018: Talking Tech.

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Do-it-yourself scanning: how we got into OCR and you can too

Nick Barreto works where books and technology intersect. He’s managed and built apps, is as an expert on ebook formats, metadata and workflows. He is committed to automating all the repetitive tasks to free up more time for the work that matters. Nick is one of Canelo’s co-founders and the Technology Director. @nickbarreto

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A double life in publishing: Interview with Yasmin Kane, publisher and literary agent

A literary agent for 14 years, Yasmin Kane set up her own publishing house, Three Hares Publishing, in 2014. A firm believer that you need to move with your times, Yasmin strives to be at the cusp of change in a continuously evolving and fast-paced industry. Her agency, Kane Literary Agency, specialises in thought-provoking YA and children’s fiction, whereas Three Hares publishes adult, YA and children’s fiction. 

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the colour of a book

Judging a book by its colour: How colour psychology can help you build a successful brand

Karen Haller has over 20 years of experience studying and working with colour. Karen is regularly asked to comment on colour stories in local and national magazines, newspapers, radio and TV. She is a contributing author of the leading industry book Colour Design: Theories and Applications on Colour in Interiors. She is currently writing her first book. 

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Feminist Book Fortnight

Feminist Book Fortnight: interview with Jane Anger

Jane Anger is a bookseller at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, which was awarded the title of Independent Bookshop of the Year at this year’s British Book Awards. Jane is also the co-ordinator of Feminist Book Fortnight, which runs from 16 to 30 June 2018.

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A publishing job that’s a rollercoaster of rewards: the literary agent

As a former author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate Nash has seen every side of publishing and set up her own literary agency so she could do “the best job in publishing”. Kate’s reading tastes – from romance to thrillers – are highly commercial. Kate is listed at #20 in UK Fiction by Publishers Marketplace, based on number of deals made (Feb 2017). You can find Kate on Twitter @katenashagent.

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