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Kate Burke

Kate Burke is the fiction literary agent at Northbank Talent Management, having joined in 2013, and represents a variety of bestselling and prize-winning authors. Before that, she was a fiction editor for ten years, working at Penguin, HarperCollins and Random House. 

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Digital age

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.

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John Mitchinson

In the latest blog post Norah Myers interviews John Mitchinson. John is a writer and publisher and the co-founder of Unbound, the award-winning crowdfunding platform for books. He helped to create the award-winning BBCTV show QI and co-wrote the best-selling series of QI books. He is co-host of Unbound’s books podcast Backlisted (@BacklistedPod) and a Vice-President of the Hay Festival of Arts & Literature.

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Small independent presses

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday 16th May), a group of BookMachine-goers will be joining the TLS in London for an event which focuses on small, independent presses and the current trend which has seen a 79% increase in sales by sixty of the UK’s smallest publishers. Here Norah Myers interviews one of the panellists Cécile Menon. Cécile is a translator between French and English, and the joint-laureate, with Natasha Lehrer, of the 2016 Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation from the French, Cécile is also a publisher and an editor. 

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Small Presses

In two weeks’ time, a group of BookMachine-goers will be joining the TLS in London for an event which focuses on small, independent presses and the current trend which has seen a 79% increase in sales by sixty of the UK’s smallest publishers. Here Norah Myers interviews the event host Thea Lenarduzz. Thea is commissioning editor at the TLS and the co-host of Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon, the TLS’s weekly podcast. She is also a freelance writer and, slightly sporadically, the literary editor at Five Books.

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Future of Media and Publishing

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.

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Thanks to Francesca Zunino Harper for setting up this interview.

The Republic of Consciousness Prize is a passionate tribute to small presses’ hard work, original authors’ inventiveness, and high-quality, unconventional books. The ceremony for the second year of the prize was held last Tuesday 20th March in the University of Westminster’s Fyvie Hall.

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Comics

This is a guest post by Robin Etherington. The Etherington Brothers will be part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour Jamboree on Wednesday 6th June, which is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the tour. The event will be live-streamed on the Scottish Book Trust’s YouTube channel and 2000 pupils from Scotland will be in attendance. They also completed the most successful comic fundraiser ever in the UK. 

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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.

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Abbie Headon runs Abbie Headon Publishing Services, and offers a range of skills including writing, editing and commissioning, alongside social media, website development and publishing management. She champions fresh approaches to solving the industry’s challenges and can be found mingling at most publishing events. Abbie’s also BookMachine’s Commissioning Editor and sits on the BookMachine Editorial Board

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The poetry boom

This is a guest post by Anne Nolan. Anne is a freelance publishing consultant, working with small independent and scholarly publishers. She is a board member of the Reading-based arts, history and poetry publisher Two Rivers Press, and consultant Marketing Director for Arc Humanities Press.

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Accessible publishing

Guy van der Kolk first got hooked on publishing while attending an international school in Ivory Coast, where he used Pagemaker, Photoshop and an Apple Quicktake 100 camera to help create the yearbook. After many hours of hard work, while holding the final printed product, he knew this was an industry he wanted to be a part of.  Guy is now Senior Solutions Consultant for Typefi, he has spent the last 15 years training thousands of people to get the most out of their software.

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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.

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