Category: Diversity

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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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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literacy live

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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Diversity and Inclusion

The Real State of Diversity and Inclusion in Publishing

Nancy Roberts is an experienced entrepreneur and a domain expert in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of Umbrella, using AI and data analytics for diversity and inclusion. She is also a highly skilled leader with 20 years of experience including at board level. She has a BA, two MAs, and a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Theory, and is currently an Exec MBA student at Cranfield University.

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Inclusivity and Publishing

Inclusivity and Publishing: Where are we not looking? And how can you help?

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.

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Pride in Publishing

Why the book industry needs Pride in Publishing

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

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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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Becoming the change we want to see: #Inclusivityconf17

On Monday 13th November, London Book Fair and the Publisher’s Association held their second annual Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference in London. Hosted by BBC’s Razia Iqbal, the day’s purpose was to confront what more the publishing industry should be doing to ensure it is representative of the world we are speaking to.

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Let frustration be your fuel: 7 lessons for start-ups from Salomé Magazine

Salomé is one of the newest publications to hit the independent press scene. Launched in April this year, Salomé is the literary magazine for emerging female writers, and gives self-identifying women the platform, confidence and experience to get their writing published. Jacquelyn Guderley, the magazine’s founder, shares lessons she’s learned along the way.

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We really need diverse books

Typically, when I tell someone I work at the Feminist Press one of two things usually happens. People either share all of their (usually negative) thoughts about feminism or they ask what that means. The simple answer is that we are a small nonprofit publisher dedicated to uplifting marginalized voices from around the world. Founded in 1970 to recover lost literature by women, the Feminist Press is the longest continually running feminist press in the United States. A large part of why we have lasted so long is that we have adapted with the movements, become more intersectional, and embraced feminisms.

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Inclusive language: 3 rules for editorial best practice

While the details of any book are important to get right, books about personal or sensitive topics require an extra level of attention to ensure inclusivity and correctness.

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