Bookmachine to Launch Industry-Wide Events Series in 2018

BookMachine are set to launch an event series spanning the entire publishing process in 2018.

BookMachine Unplugged will focus on Design, Production, Publicity and Marketing, Editorial and Tech, with expert speakers for each. The series has been curated to encourage the industry to talk about what is happening now, rather than speculating about the future or reminiscing about the past; by fully understanding what are colleagues are doing, how processes have changed and how to work better together, our publishing can improve.

The series has been programmed by Emma Barnes (Founder & CEO, Bibliocloud, Snowbooks, Make Our Book), Julia Garvey (Head of Marketing, GL Assessment), Sophie O’Rourke (Director, emc Design), Abbie Headon (Abbie Headon Publishing Services), Ken Jones (Director, Circular Software) and Claire Maxwell (Freelance publicist, BookMachine Works). The programme has been compiled by Suzanne Kavanagh who has over 20 years experience organising publishing industry panels and forums.

BookMachine Unplugged will be released in January, along with a re-launched membership programme. BookMachine members will continue to get free entry to events but there will also be the option to register for all five events in the series.

Over the past 7 years BookMachine have organised over 100 sell-out events. Founder Laura Summers says: “We are so excited to be launching what we hope is going to be a fascinating and genuinely useful series of events next year. Each event is not just for members of the department it’s focussing on – we want to encourage a sense of cohesion and collaboration within the industry, and stress how valuable it can be to fully understand what your colleagues are doing. It’s wonderful to already have the support of lots of experts industry-wide, some of whom will be speaking at the events.”

The expert speakers already set to take part include Sam Missingham (Lounge Books), James Carey (Director of Publishing Operations, Quarto Group) and Sarah O’Connor (Full Stack Developer, Bibliocloud).