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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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skills needed to work in publishing

Heather O’Connell has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She recently launched the Get into Book Publishing programme which provides expert, accessible training for those new to the industry. Here Abbie Headon interviews Heather about the course and working publishing.

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Do we need so many literary prizes? And how do they work? Well, on Wednesday 14th March we’re talking all things literary prizes with The TLS. You can book a ticket here. To whet your whistle ahead of the event, the brilliant Michael Caines from The TLS has answered some burning questions on the literary prize subject.

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Production Editor, Academic

Out of House Publishing Solutions is a fast-growing publishing services company based in Gloucestershire. We offer a comprehensive project management service for every kind of publishing project.

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Fifty Shades

Kate Ellis is a freelance editor and runs Ellis Editorial, specialising in commercial crime, thriller and women’s fiction. She is also an editorial mentor for the WoMentoring Project. Here, she chats with Norah Myers about the popularity of EL James’s Fifty Shades series.

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Nigel Wilcockson, head of Random House Business Books, recognizes three categories of business books:

‘There is the management strategy book, which is what people think of straight away when they think of business books… you’re trying to get across ideas that may be relatively common currency but you’re finding a fresh way of putting them across.

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Track Changes

It’s 10:00 p.m. Do you know where your manuscript is?

It’s like being trapped in a replay loop of the old TV public service announcement reminding parents the kids should be home for the evening, safe and sound—only this time, it’s your manuscript you’re worried about. You sent your baby to the editor a week ago, and you haven’t heard a word since then.

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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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Ready/ing to judge: The first 2018 BookMachine event with the TLS
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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Crowdfunded publishing

Lauren Nickodemus is co-founder of the indie publishing company Monstrous Regiment, and works in book marketing. Originally from Michigan, she is now based in Edinburgh. She tweets very sparingly at @laurennicko and spends her free time writing speculative fiction.

Ellen Desmond makes up the other half of Monstrous Regiment. In 2016 she was awarded the title of Ireland’s Best Student Editor and nominated for an SAAI Award for contribution to Irish student media and publishing. She’s always happy to connect on Twitter @ellen_desmond.

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Working in publishing

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher, is responsible for the shape, direction and profitability of the adult publishing lists at Pan Macmillan in the UK. His authors have included many bestsellers including Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Max Hastings, James Herbert, Wilbur Smith, Peter Hamilton, China Mieville and Roy Jenkins to name a few. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about being named in 2017’s Bookseller 100 and his plans for 2018.

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Literary Agent

Jonny Geller is Joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books division. He tweets at @JonnyGeller. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about being named in 2017’s Bookseller 100 and his plans for 2018.

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Write Track

Some people equate high levels of productivity with high levels of graft. When it comes to writing, they think burning the midnight oil, doubling down – trying really hard to crack that book, blog or script is the only approach to take. We disagree. Our own research tells us that writing productivity is less about blood, sweat and tears and more about being smarter with the limited time you have – in short, it’s about having a system.

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