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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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Publishing Services Provider Celebrates Huge Growth

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Last week we headed to Braintree in Essex to celebrate Just Content’s first birthday party in their new offices. Just Content was founded by Melody Dawes at her kitchen table, in 2013, and now boasts an annual turnover of £1,000,000+. 

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Production editor, Academic [JOB POSTING]

Newgen Publishing is a fast-growing publishing services company based in Gloucestershire. Part of the Newgen KnowledgeWorks group we provide UK-based editorial and project management services to academic and education publishers, managing everything from concept to product delivery.

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Claire Ormsby-Potter

Event report: BookMachine Meets Bloomsbury Publishing

On 19th September, BookMachine hosted its second BookMachine Meets… event in collaboration with the Bloomsbury Institute (@BloomsburyInst on Twitter). Held in the beautiful Bloomsbury HQ in the middle of actual Bloomsbury, the whole event had a wonderfully literary feel before the night had even started. The event was sold out, so there was a lively atmosphere as everyone gathered for pre-talk drinks in the conservatory, and I felt extremely fancy.

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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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Kit Caless

Like and subscribe: how Influx Press is connecting with readers

Influx Press is an independent publisher based in north London. Influx is committed to publishing innovative and challenging fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from across the UK and beyond, and they have just launched a new subscription model for 2020. In this interview, co-founder Kit Caless explains the thinking behind this new project.

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Beyond unabridged: the captivating world of audio drama

My name is Jenni Lewis. I’ve worked as a commissioning editor in audio books for 10 years, mainly for Penguin Random House.  My newest challenge has been to commission for the BBC Audio list, with a primary focus on audio drama.

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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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Philip Connor

What Editors Want: tips from the experts for editorial success

I interviewed 15 editors whose work I admire for my new podcast, What Editors Want, to find out what they look for in a book and what tips they have for other editors.

Here’s some of what I learnt along the way:

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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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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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Kiera Jamison

Building strong author-editor relationships through collaborative editing

Ah, to be a new editor, full of the conviction that your role, your duty, is to restore order to linguistic chaos. With a meticulous adherence to grammatical rules and your company’s house style, you set out to ensure clear communication, and perhaps even ‘good writing’. You can’t wait to set upon the untidy manuscripts that come across your desk.

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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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Assistant Editorial Project Manager [JOB POSTING]

An Assistant Editorial Project Manager is required to manage the book production process – from manuscript through editorial and design/typesetting stages to printed book – of allocated titles to schedule and to whitefox standards for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

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