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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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Editor [JOB POSTING]

Legend Business is an imprint within the Legend Times Group focussed on business and inspirational non-fiction titles and the University of Buckingham Press, recently acquired by Legend Times, publishes a range of trade and academic titles plus a collection of academic journals.

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Associate Publisher & Commissioning Editor [JOB POSTING]

Can you find the very best stories and help them reach millions of readers?

Bookouture is the UK’s fastest growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. We are only six years old but we have grown rapidly every year and have now sold over 25 million books to readers worldwide. 2019 is a particularly exciting year of expansion for us as we establish a new editorial team. To keep up this incredible rate of growth, we need only the best talent…

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Tech in Publishing

Commissioning: The insider’s guide to building strong lists

Bookmachine Unplugged: Talking Editorial, 3 April 2019

Acquiring books for six-sum figures, huge advances and bidding fights for undisclosed sums of money do not usually represent publishing as a whole. These types of headlines are actually worlds away from much of the industry. So how do commissioning editors build their successful, strong, balanced lists? Many stimulating insights and tips were shared with a very attentive audience at the second Bookmachine Unplugged event of 2019, a galvanizing talk with a Q & A session on the topic of commissioning.

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Announcing BookMachine meets…

Today BookMachine launches BookMachine meets…, a brand new event series designed to explore the strategies of some of the top publishing houses, in order to find out what makes them unique and successful.

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Interview with Jo de Vries: commissioning editor, literary agent and lecturer

Jo de Vries is a commissioning editor and literary agent; her role is all about finding and developing books that will spark the imagination, and striving to increase diversity and innovation in all content areas is at the heart of her work. Jo also lectures in Publishing & Journalism at Bath Spa University. Find Jo on Twitter at @JodeVries1.

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Riff Raff

5 things I’ve learnt from working with debut authors

The primary motivation for starting The Riff Raff in May 2017 was to champion the work of debut authors. To Rosy and I, two debut authors ourselves, it seemed there wasn’t enough being done to celebrate the enormous achievement of being published for the first time. From meeting and interviewing over 130 debut authors since we started at our events and on podcast, I’ve established some of the qualities debut authors tend have in common, and a few ways their inaugural flight into the world of publishing could be eased by the professionals they work with…

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Editing well

Is there a business case for editing well?

Last year’s Man Booker panel took a swipe at the editorial standards of some of the submissions they received. The industry response combined defensiveness with begrudging acknowledgement. But whether or not you’d agree with slipping standards, many editors, and not just those of literary fiction, will tell you how hard it is to find the time for a ‘good edit’, and perhaps harder still to justify one.

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Sensitivity reading: what you need to know, and why it matters

Sensitivity reading, and other practices such as using inclusive language, are becoming ever more important in publishing. If you’ve not heard of sensitivity reading (sometimes called diversity reading), here’s a quick crash course.

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BookMachine launches brand spanking new event series: BookMachine Unplugged 2019

The popular event series is back, covering key industry topics – Production, Editorial, Tech, Marcomms, Audio and Design. This year there will be 6 Unplugged events, with 6 hosts, more than 18 confirmed speakers, 1 brand new venue and an awards ceremony.

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Editorial and Marketing Assistant [JOB POSTING]

Schofield & Sims is seeking an enthusiastic Editorial and Marketing Assistant to join their central London office, where you will be working on educational resources for both the school and trade markets.

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