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New BookMachine London publishing event

London Publishing EventNot long to go until our face-to-face meetings at London publishing events are replaced by virtual meet-ups. Where the familiarity of shaking someone’s hand is replaced by the opening of a Webcam.

This idea is just evolving. In June 2014, HarperCollins hosted its first ever virtual Romance Festival. If you were lucky enough to take part you’ll know that it was attended by several of the biggest authors in the world, as well as a number of industry experts.

Sam Missingham, Head of Events at HarperCollins, who organised the festival is kindly presenting it as a case study at a new London Publishing Event – BookMachine London on 22nd July. It was the first publisher-agnostic virtual event organised by a publisher ever, and we are chuffed that Sam will be joining us to present and answer questions about the London Publishing event.

We would really like to thank Inspired Selection for sponsoring this event. Inspired Selection is a specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to serving the publishing industry, across all markets, both in traditional print and digital media. The Inspired Selection team will also be attending BookMachine London on 22nd July.


5 Questions for Arantxa Mellado, speaker at BookMachine Barcelona [INTERVIEW]

Arantxa MelladoArantxa Mellado is our top speaker at BookMachine Barcelona on 3rd July. Amongst other things she is CEO of the Spanish Digital Link and Director of Actualidad Editorial.

Arantxa will be talking about globalisation, and how she thinks that this is the best way to succeed in business in the digital age. We wanted to find out more, ahead of the event.


Eventbrite - BookMachine Barcelona with Arantxa Mellado

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Win a Kindle Fire at BookMachine Brighton

SarahAfter the success of the first BookMachine Brighton event in February, we’re back – this time with sun, sea and prizes. Whilst we can’t guarantee the sun, you will have the opportunity to network with Brightonians, and Londoners who fancy a holiday, in the beach-side bar, Oh So Social.

Everyone who comes to the event will be entered into a prize draw to win one of a series of great prizes…

  • 1St Prize: A Kindle Fire
  • 2nd Prize: A selection of books from Brighton’s own Myriad Editions
  • 3rd Prize: A selection of ‘What Is?’ books from Brighton’s own Rotovision Books
  • 4th Prize: A selection of books from our Brighton-based sponsors, Indepenpress Publishing

February’s event ran in conjunction with Brighton’s Write-Club and was hosted by the wonderful Alice Reeves. Alice is back for more and after the success of the last event, I couldn’t not get involved.

We’re kicking off the evening with free drinks for the early-birds, so join us at 7pm on May 2nd for what promises to be another great evening, rain or shine. Sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Eventbrite - BookMachine Brighton (hosted by Alice Reeves and Sarah Ann Juckes)

With thanks to our sponsors, Indepenpress Publishing Ltd: Quality traditional & self publishing in the heart of Brighton.

Win a pair of tickets for BookMachine Unplugged on 23rd May [COMPETITION]

BookMachine Unplugged is back in London on 23rd May. 4 speakers sharing their publishing experiences and an awesome crowd of publishing professionals – it’s an evening not to be missed! You can check out the photos from the last Unplugged event here.

As we prepare the finishing touches to the line-up and the event website, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get your name on the list early, whilst being in for a chance of winning a pair of free tickets.

It’s quick and easy to enter – just tell us the most interesting word you can think of.

We’ll pick the winner next Tuesday 16th April, as we announce the speakers and the host and unveil the new site. We’ll also aim to use the winning word more in conversation!

Are you ready to win?


Thanks in advance to our event sponsors The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), Bookswarm, Createselect and Spineless Classics

One entry per person
The winner will be selected on 16th April and notified the same day
All entries will be added to our mailing list which keeps you posted on publishing happenings and BookMachine events

BookMachine Oxford March [REVIEW II]

Bea Longworth is director and co-founder at Whooc Publishing Ltd, a fledgling startup making first-person fiction apps for young adults under its Freed Fiction imprint. 

A few minutes after arriving at House Bar, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Is there going to be a talk or something?” It was a valid question – Wednesday night marked the debut of BookMachine Oxford’s ‘With…’ event format.

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BookMachine Oxford March [REVIEW]

Jonathan Davis (Chandos Publishing), who you might have seen on Twitter as @canadiancat has written this comprehensive review of BookMachine Oxford with Richard Sullivan – a great summary for those who missed it.

If BookMachine is “the most fun you can have with your clothes on”, the latest gathering had no problem in filling up the top-floor of Oxford’s House Bar on Wednesday night.

With a new, and untested, approach for BookMachine Oxford, organised by wunder-kind, Charly Ford of Osprey and sponsored by recruitment specialists, Atwood-Tate, the evening started with a short talk from Richard Sullivan, Managing Director of Osprey Publishing.

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5 Questions for Enric Sagrera of iBuksgrup, sponsors of BookMachine Barcelona [INTERVIEW]


Enric Sagrera is the CEO at iBuksgrup, the first Spanish ebook aggregator. iBuksgrup are sponsoring our first Spanish event, BookMachine Barcelona and here, Enric talks a little bit about how they are helping publishers to distribute their content across a number of platforms.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Barcelona with Javier Celaya, CEO of Dosdoce.com

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5 Questions for Maria Cardona, host of BookMachine Barcelona [INTERVIEW]

Maria Cardona runs her own digital consultancy for publishers and will be hosting our first Spanish BookMachine event. Prior to setting up Mmcardona, she worked in both trade and educational publishing, and was also part of the core London Bookfair team. Here, Maria shares some of her thoughts and tells us why you should come along to BookMachine Barcelona.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Barcelona with Javier Celaya, CEO of Dosdoce.com

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5 Questions for Charly Ford of Osprey Publishing, host of BookMachine Oxford [INTERVIEW]

Charly FordCharly Ford is a Project Manager at Osprey Publishing and is hosting the BookMachine event in Oxford. Here, Charly shares her enthusiasm for publishing and tells us why you should come along and join the fun later this month.

Eventbrite - BookMachine Oxford with Richard Sullivan, MD of Osprey Publishing


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4 quick Questions for Greg Ioannou of Iguana Books [INTERVIEW]

In the run up to BookMachine Toronto we caught up with Greg Ioannou who is a busy Publishing bod. Between all the various roles he fulfills (Publisher at Iguana Books, President of Colborne Communications and President of the Editors’ Association of Canada), he does a lot of networking. So if you’re going to the first BookMachine Toronto, Greg will be propping up the buffet bar so do say hello!

Eventbrite - BookMachine Toronto


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5 Questions for Ricardo Redisch of Grupo Editorial Nacional [INTERVIEW]

Ricardo RideschRicardo Redisch kindly gave up some time to talk to me before the first BookMachine Toronto. Working as Executive Publisher at Grupo Editorial Nacional, one of the biggest 3 Academic and Educational Publishers in Brazil, Ricardo is based in Toronto and has some really interesting insights into why publishers should be listening to their readers through social media…

Eventbrite - BookMachine Toronto


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5 questions for Tahira Rahemtulla, host of BookMachine Toronto [INTERVIEW]

TahiraOn March 14th BookMachine is coming to Toronto! If you work in publishing and live in or around Toronto, we’re pleased to say that Tahira Rahemtulla, of Unambiguous Edit, will be hosting the very first BookMachine Toronto shindig. We caught up with Tahira ahead of the event…
 Eventbrite - BookMachine Toronto

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BookMachine’s NY Premier: Digital, Digital, Digital! [REVIEW]

Ellen JacobThis is a guest post from Ellen Jacob, who is a long-time children’s publishing veteran. She now heads up jacob packaged goods/bookerella creating children’s book-apps and transmedia projects.

Digital: that was the topic of conversation at BookMachine’s inaugural New York event as more than 70 publishing folks gathered at The Iguana, club on W 54th St.

I always wonder what book folks mean when they say “digital.” It’s so broad.

Do they mean publishing on an electronic platform? Making pdfs of existing books? Or exploring the limits? The technology allows so much, but, sadly, few publishers are able to financially support the exploration.

And while I’m a big proponent of the democratization of publishing which digital allows, I worry about the erosion of our aesthetic standards. I love that anyone can publish, but if work isn’t good—and, lets face it, lots of mediocre and bad work is published—the audience has no guide to what is truly good and we, as a society, can lose our collective sense of what is considered great. We all need good editors.

(Full disclosure, I come from traditional publishing, am and also am an app creator, having published Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night, the first 3D book app for kids.)

So, with all this in mind, I was delighted to have an event where traditional publishing folks and non-traditional disrupters could mingle.

Here are some of voices I heard…

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BookMachine NYC – by Elisabeth Watson of Publishing Trendsetter [REVIEW]

Elizabeth WatsonThis is a guest post from Elisabeth Watson, who writes about international publishing for Publishing Trends and is the founder and editor of Publishing Trends’ blog for young book professionals, Publishing Trendsetter. When she’s not nine-to-fiving, she acquires and edits for a small literary press and collects poetry translators’ email addresses with a passion typically reserved for butterflies and stamps.

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BookMachine Oxford – by Katie Stileman [REVIEW]

Katie StilemanKatie Stileman has recently graduated from Jesus College, Oxford, where she studied Medieval History. She has worked in schools since the summer teaching study skills and is now looking to pursue a career in publishing. Last week she attended BookMachine Oxford. Here is her review.

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