Meet the BookMachine Editorial Board: the next step in our mission to make BookMachine 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. This is where our Editorial Board comes in.
Each Board member will be steering and advising on the content within their specialism, curating resources and events that give you the tools to help you go beyond your niche.
Take a look below to learn more about our Editorial Board members. 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.
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. @CircularKen
Magdalene Abraha is a writer and publisher who began her career in journalism as a columnist before working at senior roles in publishing houses such as I.B Tauris and Bloomsbury publishers. She now heads up Jacaranda‘s non-fiction list with a keen eye to develop authors. She was voted a Bookseller’s Rising Star 2019. Magdalene was also awarded the LBF Trailblazer award 2020 for her contribution to publishing. She has been featured extensively across news and media. @mags_ab
Emmanuel Kolade is a digital technology executive with nearly two decades’ experience across sectors and household brands. He is managing director at multi-format book retailer Shulph. His mission is to design a future that helps people absorb new knowledge easier and faster, so that more of us can increase our capacity to accelerate the world’s collective growth. @ekolade
Rik Ubhi is a marketing and publicity specialist with over a decade’s experience of building brands, marketing bestsellers and promoting agenda-setting voices across an array of media. He has worked at Tindal Street Press, Simon & Schuster and is most recently co-owner and Director at Zed Books, implementing global campaigns for an array of internationally renowned authors. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a mentor with the Society of Young Publishers, Rik is frequently invited to comment and speak on developments within the industry. @Rik_Hi
Linda Secondari is the Principal and Creative Director of Studiolo Secondari a design firm located in NYC specializing in book design, branding, and design strategy. Before establishing Studiolo, Linda was Creative Director at Oxford University Press where she oversaw the design for yearly title output of 3,000+ books. Linda’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, NY Book Show, Stiftung Buchkunst Competition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the AUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. @StudioloLinda
We are incredibly grateful to previous Editorial Board members for all of their support and expertise from 2015 to 2020, and hope we’ll all stay in touch! A big thank you to:
- Tech | Emma Barnes, CEO at Consonance
- Editorial | Abbie Headon, Commissioning Editor & Author at Abbie Headon Publishing Services
- Design | Sophie O’Rourke, Managing Director at emc design
- Marketing | Julia Garvey, Operations Director at British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
- Publicity | Claire Maxwell, Publicist at Maxwell PR