Join the TLS and BookMachine for an evening of discussion:
These are boom times for small, independent presses, with a recent report citing a 79% increase in sales by sixty of the UK’s smallest publishers. How do we account for this in an otherwise stagnating publishing sector? Is it part of a broader societal shift? And how can we – publishers and readers – sustain it? Representatives from three of Britain’s most exciting small publishers bring their unique insights and passions to the table.
The BookMachine network is something you can dip in and out of throughout your career, whenever you want to expand your network, learn something new, or just have a good time.
If you want to learn from others who’ve made a success in the industry and want to meet exciting new people – then this BookMachine event is for you.
The discussion will be led by Thea Lenarduzzi - a commissioning editor at the TLS and the co-host of Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon, the TLS’s weekly podcast. She is also a freelance writer and, slightly sporadically, the literary editor at Five Books.
John Mitchinson is a writer and publisher and the co-founder of Unbound, the award-winning crowdfunding platform for books. He helped to create the award-winning BBCTV show QI and co-wrote the best-selling series of QI books. As a publisher at Harvill and Cassell he published a diverse list of authors that included the Beatles, Harukii Murakami and a woman who knitted with doghair. Before that he was Waterstone’s first marketing director. He is co-host of Unbound’s books podcast Backlisted (@BacklistedPod) and a Vice-President of the Hay Festival of Arts & Literature.
Sarah Cleave is Publishing Manager at Comma Press, an independent publisher specialising in the short story. She recently edited Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations, and was shortlised for the London Book Fair 2018 Trailblazer Awards.
Cécile Menon is a translator between French and English, and the joint-laureate, with Natasha Lehrer, of the 2016 Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation from the French, Cécile Menon is also a publisher and an editor. In 2014 she founded Les Fugitives, an award-winning literary independent press whose mission is to introduce readers in the UK and beyond to the work of Francophone writers, mostly women, by publishing first English translations of short novels and non-fiction works, and everything between the two.