Emma Barnes taught herself to code after founding her own independent publisher, Snowbooks. She went on to build Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing system. Now she’s on a mission to promote tech skills within the publishing industry and beyond.
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.
Brittany Yost is a student at University College London pursuing her Masters in Publishing. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Communication Studies with an emphasis in Intercultural Communications. She has served on two separate professional diversity committees and has been leading inclusivity and bias training seminars since 2010. She is originally from Seattle but enjoys venturing between her home city and London.
Zack Lapponese has been Sales Manager for MetaComet Systems since 2016. He enjoys being in this business because it’s all about building relationships.
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.
The Present and Future of Publishing event held at WeWork Holborn on 13th November 2018 was an eclectic mix of people and presentations. Sponsored by Sovrn, the advertising tech company for publishers, together with Bibblio, the content-enhancing tool for digital publishers, it started by launching the first Media Moments 2018 report. This analysis was written by the team behind the Media Voices podcast (Esther Kezia Thorpe, Chris Sutcliffe and Peter Houston) for the What’s New In Publishing website, and again sponsored by Sovrn.
Francesca Zunino Harper is a linguist, translator, and publishing professional. She worked in the British and international academia researching on comparative literatures, translation, and women’s and environmental humanities for several years. She now works in the Humanities and Social Sciences area of publishing. You can follow her @ZuninoFrancesca.
Typefi is a global leader in single-source automated publishing software for print, web and mobile, enabling people to publish their content in more formats—and up to 80% faster—without compromising on design or content integrity.
Esther Harris is an Editor and PR with Bookollective.
Nick Coveney is Co-chair of Pride in Publishing and Publisher Relations and Content Lead – U.K. & ANZ at Rakuten Kobo Inc. Nick has more than eight years’ experience in a variety of digital roles in the publishing industry, working with bestselling authors and leading brands to digitally bring their content to life. Nick is co-chair of Pride in Publishing and regularly volunteers with LGBTQ charities including Diversity Role Models, StonewallUK and the Albert Kennedy Trust. He is also involved in LGBTQ inclusive sports as a member of Charlton Athletic Invicta FC and London Otters’ rowing club. Follow Nick on Twitter: @nmjcoveney @prideinpub
Suzanne Kavanagh is a strategic market specialist and programme curator working with BookMachine Works and the BookMachine community. She presented on this research at the 8th annual ‘Book Arsenal’ Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, 30th May to 3rd June 2018. Thanks go to the report authors dosdoce.com and sponsors CEDRO as well as the EUNIC project and the British Council who support the Festival.