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Feb 10

Talking Production (BookMachine Unplugged 2021)

10 February, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

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How leading production and operations departments successfully introduce new workflows

In this ever-changing world, publishing businesses need to be able to adapt to new ways of working. But how can publishers successfully move different departments to smarter workflows when so much is in flux? And how did major publishers react to the increase in remote working? 


Introducing change whilst still hitting production deadlines and working with systems, freelancers and suppliers is a major operational challenge. Making sure a team is best prepared for the next unknown change makes that job just that little bit more difficult.


Our panel is drawn from a range of companies across trade fiction, non-fiction and professional publishing. They will share their experience of the environment they are having to navigate and provide tips on how to transform workflows with a dispersed team. They will prove that it is possible to introduce new workflows while preparing for further change.


Join us online on Wednesday 10th February from 6–7pm GMT to dive into this topic, and pick up some practical tips on how to move forward in 2021. Book now!


Talking Production this year takes place during Production Season, running from 18th January to 26th February 2021.


About BookMachine Unplugged 2021

BookMachine Unplugged is an online and interactive programme of publishing events designed to offer real insights into what is working in publishing right now – and what the future of publishing may hold.


If you’re a publishing professional who craves an explosion of knowledge, ideas, and personal development – in a strictly social and informal setting – this event series is for you!


Each of the six BookMachine Unplugged events programmed for this year will zoom in on a vital area of the publishing industry. Discover the others coming up in 2021.


“Through BookMachine I’ve chatted to people from every sector of the industry. Everyone can learn something new at BookMachine.” – David Norris, Editorial Manager, Macmillan Education


Ticket details

This event is FREE for BookMachine members, and £5 +VAT for non-members. Log in to your member account and your discount will be applied automatically at checkout.


Can’t make it to the live event? A recording will be available for all members and ticket holders to watch after the event. Be sure to book your place in advance of the event to receive the link to the replay!


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Your host

Ken Jones

Ken Jones, Director at Circular Software

Ken Jones runs Circular Software. He was Technical Production Manager and Publishing Software Trainer for Penguin and Dorling Kindersley for many years and now offers software, training and advice to publishers such as Quarto Group, Bonnier Books and Pan Macmillan on how to get the best from their print and digital workflow. 

Follow Ken on Twitter @CircularKen



The speakers

Martin Klopstock, Digital & Operations Director at Kogan Page

Martin has worked in a number of publishing operations functions over the last few decades. He is currently Operations Director at Kogan Page.

His specialty areas are digital pre-press workflows, metadata and digital print production. Over the last two years he worked with colleagues and vendors on the development of Kogan Page’s own XHTML schema, CSS and Accessibility solution.




Louise Ang, Production & Compliance Director at Egmont Books and HarperCollins Children’s Books

Louise Ang is an experienced production director who has worked in adult and children’s trade publishing, educational books, academic publications and a vast range of co-editions.

She has worked with printers across the world covering many varied books, and on implementing improvements to workflow and print supply processes.




Shane Hegarty, Business Operations Director at Bonnier Books UK

Shane Hegarty has almost a decade of experience across a range of business functions in Publishing, including Data, Technology, Finance, Sales and Operations (as well as brief and ill-suited stints in Marketing and Editorial).

Prior to his current role at Bonnier, Shane held positions in the company within its Zaffre, Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press business units, and he started his Publishing career at Zed Books.

His current role involves tackling the ongoing challenges of improving established processes, adapting complex workflows to small teams, empowering start-up initiatives within the organisation, leading new approaches to BI and Data, and facilitating a business wide transition to remote working in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneHegarty2



Find out more about the sponsors



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10 February, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT
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