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BookMachine Editorial Board

BookMachine-logo-navMeet the new BookMachine Editorial Board: the next step in our mission to make the BookMachine site a one-stop-shop for you to visit throughout your publishing career.

We want BookMachine to challenge some of your existing ideas, whilst helping to make you a better designer, editor, (insert your job title here). We also want to encourage people in different departments to work together – let’s talk about communication, and about the tools to help us get out of our silos.

Take a peek below at who is on the Editorial Board. Each person will be ‘steering’ and advising on the content in their channel. If you’ve got any burning questions you’d like answered by our experts – feel free to ping them to us here and we will try to get them answered.

sophie o'rourke emc designDesign Channel

Sophie O’Rourke is Director at EMC Design – a leading publishing design agency with over 25 years of experience in book publishing. Sophie always has an eye on industry trends, and has always ‘just read’ something relevant to any publishing-related topic!

julia-garveyMarketing & Publicity Channel

Julia Garvey
has had an extensive range of experiences from over 25 years of working in publishing. She is passionate about direct marketing and all things digital. If you want to brainstorm marketing ideas, Julia is the best person to speak to. Julia was recently appointed as Head of Marketing at GL Assessment.


Claire Maxwell is a freelance publicist and former journalist. She’s worked in the communications department of various publishing companies in the UK including Canongate Books and Icon Books, managing huge campaigns and securing national and regional publicity for a number of authors.

Circular SoftwareProduction Channel

Ken Jones
is a publishing software expert with over ten years experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to improve how publishers produce their illustrated print and digital books.

Editorial Channel

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.

Tech Channelemma-barnes

Emma Barnes taught herself to code after founding her own independent publisher, Snowbooks. She went on to build Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing system. Now she’s on a mission to promote tech skills within the publishing industry and beyond.

Audio Channel

Louise Newton works in audio across all imprints at Little, Brown Book Group and loves nothing more than plugging into a good book. She’s in audio publishing for the thrill of finding the perfect reader for an author’s work. Louise was SYP London Chair 2017.

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