Category: Business

Jenny Knight

Language barriers: navigating the world of publishing jargon

In the BookMachine Editorial Board, we’ve been discussing the barriers that prevent people getting into the publishing industry. One of the factors that keep outsiders outside is our love of specialist terminology – if you’re not already connected to someone ‘in the biz’, it can feel daunting getting to grips with all the procedures, stages and random bits of jargon many of us use every day. We’ll be looking at this issue from a staff point of view in future, but we’re delighted to have author Jenny Knight’s take on the subject here.

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Publishing Services Manager

Publishing Services Manager [JOB POSTING]

Publishing Services Manager – Full-time

£32,900 to £40,000 dependant on experience

Closing date: 4th October 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join emc design, one of the UK’s leading design agencies for the publishing industry as our Publishing Services Manager. We are passionate about what we do and have built up an unrivalled reputation for producing high-end, multi-component resources (print and digital) for international educational publishers. Industry-leading clients return to us because we have a team of exceptional people who deliver stunning design, on budget and to deadline.

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Tamara Navaratnam

Agile working: How SAGE’s agile office supports cross-team collaboration

One afternoon a few weeks ago I was in that state of high productivity which is fuelled by the panic of an upcoming holiday. On my ‘absolutely must get done before going away’ list were a number of items I needed to discuss with Amy Maher, the Senior Editor on the Psychology list (for which I am the Marketing Manager). However, the last thing I needed was to take a chunk out of my remaining work hours to have a meeting.

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Kelvin Smith

What can publishing do about climate breakdown?

Many of us are taking steps to reduce our individual impact on the environment – but how is the publishing industry as a whole responding to the challenge of climate change? Kelvin Smith issues a powerful call to arms, to remind us that inaction is not an option.

“What can I do about climate breakdown?”

If publishers are not asking this question, then they need to start now. Doing nothing is not an option.

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Working together: the Calverts design and printing co-operative

Calverts is a graphic design and printing co-operative based in the East End of London. It was set up as a common ownership co-operative in 1977 by production staff from the design and printing arm of IRAT (formerly the Arts Lab), after an industrial dispute which ended in redundancy for all the workers. 

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A million downloads and counting: Beyond the Book podcast

In this interview, Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center takes us behind the scenes of the Beyond the Book podcast, which has been broadcasting news and analysis from across the industry since 2006.

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Melissa J. Davies

Hatching a brand-new bookshop: interview with Pigeon Books

Melissa J. Davies describes the origin story of Pigeon Books, currently Southsea’s tiniest bookshop. It’s a pop-up shop at the moment, and hopes to have a permanent home soon.

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Anne Trubek

How to handle conversations that begin with “I have a good idea for a book”

Anne Trubek is the founder of Belt Publishing, a small press focused on quality non-fiction about the Rust Belt and Midwest. Her Notes from a Small Press newsletter is packed with useful insights into the publishing process, and this recent edition about assessing whether a book idea has commercial potential is as relevant to acquiring editors as to aspiring authors.

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Facebook Advertising: the small publisher’s secret weapon

Did you know the amount of time we spend on social media platforms each day has increased by a whopping 58% in the last 6 years? The average Gen Z user now dedicates 3 hours a day to scrolling his or her newsfeed.* With over 3 billion people (42% of the global population) on social media, it is no surprise that advertising on these platforms is an extremely effective route to reach consumers for small to large brands alike.

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Literacy matters: why we’re crowdfunding to bring more books to more people

Did you ever read a book that inspired a lifelong love of reading, propelled you into a new career or opened your eyes to a life-changing direction? Finally someone understands me. The written word is powerful and it’s for everyone. If you use your local library, it’s also free. Yet access to it and time to savour it feels trickier than ever.

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Love Audio Week: Celebrating audio publishers

Eliza Kavanagh is Communications Manager at the Publishers Association and has managed the Love Audio campaign since its inception in 2017. Love Audio Week is an initiative of the Publishers Association’s Audio Publishers Group.

In the three years that the Publishers Association has run this campaign on behalf of our Audio Publishers Group, the hashtag #LoveAudio has grown from a modest reach of 5 million over the course of Love Audio Week to this year reaching 26 million – an increase of 420%.

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Colin Steven

Velocity Press: interview with founder Colin Steven

Whatever else 2019 is offering us, one thing is certain: this is a great era for small-but-powerful publishing startups. In this interview, we meet Colin Steven, the founder of new independent publishing house Velocity Press.

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Event report: BookMachine Meets Jessica Kingsley Publishers

BookMachine members have enjoyed a series of ‘BookMachine Unplugged’ events in 2018 and 2019, in which panels of experts give their views on key publishing areas such as tech, production, editorial and marketing, but last week we were treated to the first in a new series of events entitled ‘BookMachine Meets…’. The aim of these events is to showcase the skills and experience of one particular publisher, and on 30 May 2019 we gathered at Hachette HQ in London for the first in the series, to meet Jessica Kingsley Publishers and learn some of the secrets of their success.

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Now We Are Five

Alison Jones (@bookstothesky) is founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a pioneering publishing partner for businesses, and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books. She sits on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild and is Head Judge of the Business Book Awards. 

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