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Feb 21

BookMachine Unplugged 2018: Talking Production

21 February, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm GMT



Wednesday 21st February 6.30pm | The Library, London

Free for BookMachine members / £5 early bird / £8 tickets

WIth thanks to our Unplugged 2018 sponsors:

About the EVENT

Book production in 2018 means being more flexible. You must adapt to shorter print runs and quickly move between printers. You have to take control of the creation and archive process in ways that are the same, but totally different. All the while, you must be responsible in your use of resources and labour, wherever in the world it is based.

Join us for a fascinating session where speakers will challenge the print production status quo from only a few years ago. Network with fellow publishing professionals and hear about modern – and smart – ways to make changes to how we can all produce books.


Ken Jones (Director, Circular Software)

Ken Jones, Director, Circular Software Ken 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.

Follow Ken on Twitter: @CircularKen @Circular_soft


James Carey (Consultant, Q5 Partners)

Starting as a Production Assistant at Dorling Kindersley ten years ago, James then moved to Bonnier Publishing as a Production Controller before becoming Business Analyst there. He then worked until the end of 2017 at The Quarto Group as Director of Publishing Operations, UK. At Quarto, James was responsible for production, freight, distribution and inventory as well as sales reporting, eBooks and various other aspects of operations for Quarto’s UK business, as well as introducing and implementing new software solutions for the Production and Design teams. James is now taking his experience from publishing and applying it in his new role as a Consultant at Q5 Partners.

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Heather O’Connell (Consultant, Bluebird Consulting)

Heather has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She is passionate about the business and runs a consultancy that helps publishers to improve their workflows and buying strategy. She also teaches them the art of production, both in house and via the Publishing MA at UCL where she runs the Production and Ops module. She recently launched the Get into Book Publishing programme which provides expert, accessible training for those new to the industry. She runs publishing and authorpreneurship courses and workshops alongside the consultancy.

Follow Heather on Twitter: @HOC1970 @uk_bluebird

BookMachine UNPLUGGED 2018

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.


21 February, 2018
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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