Thanks to Francesca Zunino Harper for setting up this interview.
After being awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize last week for Attrib. And Other Stories by Eley Williams, Kit Caless and Sanya Semakula, the team agreed to tell us a little about the life of a small press, and the challenges and advantages that come with it.
Job Title: Software Developer
Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: Chigwell, Essex
After 30 years in academic publishing (the final 13 years at board level) Jo Burges now co-runs i-Publishing Consultants. The team specialises in working with publishers, cultural heritage organisations and the not-for-profit sector to help them make the very best use of technology and information management and to engage effectively with their customers and members.
IF your goal is to spam your book links up there and hope for the best. Most writers write their book and then realize, oh hey, there are millions of potential readers just waiting to buy my book. I’m gonna tell them all about my book by repeatedly sharing my link with them! They’re all gonna buy my book and I’ll be rich!
On Monday 13 November, over 120 people came together for the second Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference, organised by The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair. Over the course of 2017, many writers and publishing staff from under-represented communities have expressed their frustration with our industry’s love of a panel discussion, which can often take the place of any actual progress. It’s appropriate, therefore, that the strap line of this conference was Reflecting All: Effecting Change, and that a real sense of ‘But what are you actually going to do about this?’ ran through every session.
This is a guest post by Helen Elmsley. Helen is the Marketing Manager at Virtusales Publishing Solutions, creator of the industry leading Biblio3 suite of publishing software.
You could say that a book is much like an atom. Split it open and there’s a wealth of publishing potential inside. With modern consumers reaching beyond the more traditional printed, digital and audio book formats, publishers have an exciting opportunity to innovate and distribute their content in new ways.
This is a guest post by Annette Peppis. Annette leads a virtual team at Annette Peppis & Associates, a creative hub of established publishing industry experts who create books, branding, marketing material and design templates for leading publishers, business start-ups and SMEs. Keep in touch with her by subscribing to her bi-monthly emails and receive your free Font Quiz.
Heather O’Connell has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She recently launched the Get into Book Publishing programme which provides expert, accessible training for those new to the industry. Here Abbie Headon interviews Heather about the course and working publishing.
Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher, is responsible for the shape, direction and profitability of the adult publishing lists at Pan Macmillan in the UK. His authors have included many bestsellers including Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Max Hastings, James Herbert, Wilbur Smith, Peter Hamilton, China Mieville and Roy Jenkins to name a few. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about being named in 2017’s Bookseller 100 and his plans for 2018.
Nigel Wilcockson, head of Random House Business Books, recognizes three categories of business books:
‘There is the management strategy book, which is what people think of straight away when they think of business books… you’re trying to get across ideas that may be relatively common currency but you’re finding a fresh way of putting them across.
Over the past 7 years BookMachine have organised over 100 industry events, and listened to over 300 industry speakers kindly share their knowledge. From this, we have learned that that if you want to stay at the forefront of what’s happening, then you need to understand the past and have a sense of what is happening in the future – but you also really need to know what is happening now, both in your discipline and across the indusry.
In the run up to next week’s event: How do you know that your rights are alright?, we interviewed Clare Painter, one of our expert panellists – to find out more about how publishers can manage their rights more effectively. Clare is a licensing agent and digital rights consultant, helping publishers and other users of digital content to grapple with practical and commercial rights issues.