Tag Archives: Laura Austin

bookmachine.me launch events announced

Since everyone else is talking about it anyway, we might as well drop any kind of modesty and also provide you with a plug for the global launch night for BookMachine’s online networking platform, bookmachine.me, which is taking place on 25 September with six events in six cities around the world. The new site – […]

BookMachine’s Laura Austin on Kim Scott Walwyn shortlist

In a stirring example of the reporters becoming the reported, or something, BookMachine’s very own Glorious Fearless Leader Laura Austin has found herself on the shortlist for this year’s Kim Scott Walwyn prize. Glorious Fearless Leader Laura Austin – seen here in this file photo lovingly framed by her BookMachine colleagues/loyal subjects –  is nominated […]

O’Reilly’s TOC announces Publishing StartUp Finalists & BookMachine is one of them!

Last week O’Reilly’s Tools of Change announced their 10 Publishing Startup Showcase Finalists and I am thrilled to announce, on behalf of Laura, Gavin and Titash, that Bookmachine.me has been selected as one of the 10 finalists. They will get to go to TOC in New York later in the year to strut their stuff […]

Your online presence: Reach, Trust and Discovery [PREVIEW]

We’re really chuffed that we’ve been invited to speak at the Galley Club this Wednesday. The Galley club is a social organisation for all involved in publishing and book production. So what are we going to talk about? Well, there’s so much more to your online presence than simply running a Twitter account, setting up […]

Ramblings about South Asian Women [in support of the South Asian Literature Festival]

I grew up in a suburb of London where if you weren’t Jewish you were Indian, if you classed yourself as ‘local’ there was always a trickle of outside influence – Jewish grandparents, Scottish parents, American cousins. As in many cities, ethnicity was the norm.

5 Online Tools for Promoting Real-life Events

How do we organize our bi-monthly BookMachine tweetups alongside full time jobs? Well, doing this has only become possible in the last few years, and all thanks to social media. We spend just two to three hours a week on promoting our events. Here are the top five free tools that help us out: (this […]

Can both educational and trade publishers successfully extend their business and act as educators?

Yesterday I attended the International Digital Publishing Conference and Forum at City University. It was a real treat to attend lectures by key players in publishing, and also to hear talks by inspirational MA students. The topic of the day was ‘The Global Market place’ but I couldn’t help focussing on the content of the […]

Tips and confessions of a Frankfurt virgin

I spent a whole week at Frankfurt this year – a whole week selling, networking, schmoozing, wining and dining. Most of the time I was among veterans. Those who know the fair, who know how to work it and who go again and again to boost business and catch up with colleagues.

The power of Twitter

It amazes me the power of twitter. The ability to create an evening of great conversation in a friendly, relaxed environment, with fellow ‘tweeters’ – surrounding ourselves by people who work in the same industry, have similar visions and most importantly are able to learn from each others experiences and views. I’ve been using twitter […]

A plan to save the book perhaps?

Are we obsessed with going digital as a nation, as publishers or is it just me? Everyday I read the bookseller, follow my twitter feeds and browse eagerly, looking for further verification that the book has no future. As someone who sells books, this obsession was starting to worry me a bit. Should we all […]