Category: Business

Nick Coveney

Self-publishing audiobooks with Kobo Writing Life: Interview with Nick Coveney

Before we start talking about audiobooks, can you give us a quick intro to Kobo Writing Life?

Launched in 2012, Kobo Writing Life is a global DIY publishing platform that empowers authors to take their publishing career into their own hands. With Kobo Writing Life, you own your rights, set your prices and can distribute your books in any country you choose. We don’t ask for any exclusivity, so you are free to publish wherever else you please. We are a small team of industry experts with a big vision and an enormous passion for books, we are proud of our reputation as the most author-friendly platform out there.

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Aki Schilz

Building Skills and Confidence in Editing: How skills training programmes can support a more diverse editorial workforce

In 2018, The Literary Consultancy offered a pilot initiative for aspiring editors, with three short seminars giving an introduction to the basics of copy-editing, proofreading and substantive editing. Within the first two days, we had over 100 expressions of interest: clearly, the demand for this kind of training is there.

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Design Unplugged panel

Can design thinking transform your publishing strategy?

Wednesday 13 November saw another packed house at the Century Club in London, for the last BookMachine Unplugged event of 2019. Hosted by BookMachine Editorial Board member Sophie O’Rourke (Managing Director, EMC Design), the evening gave us a chance to focus on design in its broadest form: not just about the visual aspects of book design, but about design thinking as a concept. Sophie’s panellists were Belinda Abbott (Head of Faculty, Design Thinkers Academy), Dean Johnson (Design, Technology and Innovation Consultant at activrightbrain), and Donna Payne (Creative Director at Faber & Faber).

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Diversity and Inclusion: Empower your Employees

Cassie Jane Buckley is Diversity and Inclusion Executive at Oxford University Press. In this article she reflects on her work and career development in diversity and inclusion at OUP.

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Cover designer interview: Anna Woodbine of The Woodbine Workshop

Anna Woodbine is an independent book designer and illustrator, based in the hills near Bath. She works on all sorts of book covers from children’s to adult’s, classics to crime, memoirs to meditation. She takes her tea with a dash of milk (Earl Grey, always), loves the wind in her face, clompy boots and that lovely, damp smell after its rained. Find her at thewoodbineworkshop.co.uk.

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Karen Sullivan

Season of pumpkins, ghosts and… books? How Orentober made autumn bookish again

Karen Sullivan is the founder of the independent publisher Orenda Books (and Orentober!). Karen moved to the UK from Canada at the age of 21 and worked for a small independent publisher before forging a career as a health editor and writer. In this interview Karen explains how Orenda’s autumn marketing campaign Orentober began, and what its aims are.

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Melody Dawes

Keeping publishing flexible through outsourcing: interview with Just Content

Melody Dawes is the Managing Director of Just Content. With 20 years’ experience in educational and academic publishing, she set up Just Content in 2013, offering publishers and content providers an on-demand solution for outsourcing at scale. Here we interview Melody about her business.

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Ever Dundas

Introducing the Crip Collective: interview with Ever Dundas

What is the Crip Collective?

Crip Collective is an informal Facebook group for disabled people working in the publishing industry in the UK (including emerging writers and publishing students – all welcome!). The group is there to provide mutual support, share resources, and discuss the challenges we face in the industry.

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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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