BookMachine Editorial Board

BookMachineMeet the 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 Topic. 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

Sophie O’Rourke is Managing 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!

Marketing & Publicity


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.


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 publishers including Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Quarto Group and Thames & Hudson to improve how they produce their print and digital books.


Abbie Headon has had a diverse career in publishing, including editorial roles at Oxford University Press and Summersdale Publishers. She now works as Commissioning Editor for Prelude books, acquiring humorous fiction for the Farrago list and trade non-fiction for the Duckworth list. Abbie is also the author of gift and self-help titles such as Poetry First Aid Kit, The Power of Yes and The Power of No. She edits the BookMachine blog.


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


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.