Publishing, we have a problem: despite years of well-meaning discussion, our industry is still failing to represent the diversity of society in our staff and the content we produce. So what can we do about this, as individuals? For those of us who don’t run our own publishing houses, it’s easy to feel powerless to make meaningful changes.
In this event, speakers from publishers large and small will give insights into their work to increase representation of BAME, working-class and LGBTQ+ voices. We’ll look at how editors can actively seek out a diverse range of voices to build a list, and we’ll also focus on ways of reaching out to potential staff members who might not automatically feel they ‘belong’ in the industry. Join us for an evening packed with real-life examples and practical tips, and get involved in building a publishing industry that’s fit for the society we live in.
Abbie 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.
Follow Abbie on Twitter: @abbieheadon
Nathan is Publishing Director at Dead Ink Books, which he co-founded in 2010. They are a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in Liverpool. Supported by the Arts Council they are committed to developing careers of new and emerging authors and digital innovation. Previously, Nathan created the online literary magazine The Night Light, worked at The Big Issue in the North, and has been involved with The Society of Young Publishers.
Follow Nathan on Twitter: @NightLightNate @DeadInkBooks
Sarah Shaffi is a journalist, specialising in literary journalism. Sarah review books of all genres monthly for Stylist Magazine online and also regularly chairs author events. She was online editor and producer at The Bookseller, the UK publishing industry's trade magazine, for two years, and a reporter at the magazine before that. Previously she worked in local newspapers across Kent and London. In 2016, she co-founded networking group BAME in Publishing, a regular meet-up for people from ethnic minorities working in UK publishing. She reads widely and especially enjoys discovering new writing.
She can be found tweeting @sarahshaffi.
Zainab is She started her career in publishing at The Folio Society and is now Creative Manager at Penguin Random House UK. She looks after Penguin brand campaigns, and spends her time thinking up ways to connect books to audiences, whether that’s an Instagram book club for Black History Month or a performance night for Pride.
Follow Zainab on Twitter: @zainabob @prideinpub @penguinukbooks
Nick has more than eight years experience in a variety of digital roles in the publishing industry, working with bestselling authors and leading brands to digitally bring their content to life. Nick’s is co-chair of Pride in Publishing and regularly volunteers with LGBTQ charities including my Diversity Role Models, StonewallUK and the Albert Kennedy Trust. He is also involved in LGBTQ inclusive sports as a member of Charlton Athletic Invicta FC and London Otters’ rowing club.x
Follow Nick on Twitter: @nmjcoveney @prideinpub @HarperCollinsUK
BookMachine Unplugged is an event series that aims to answer a simple question: what is happening in the world of publishing right now?
Watch inspiring talks from industry insiders. Meet publishers, editors, marketeers, designers, techies and more – the people who make publishing happen. If you crave an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development, all in a strictly social and informal setting, unplug from your desk and join us.
There will be five events throughout 2018. Each will zoom in on a segment of the publishing industry and feature three expert speakers taking to the stage with their insights into what works for their business now.