Emily Labram is product manager at Bibliocloud, the next-generation publishing management system, and a Bookseller Rising Star of 2016. In her previous roles at HarperCollins, she created the Game of Thrones app that won FutureBook’s Digital Book of the Year. Her mission at Bibliocloud is to liberate publishers through automation so they can focus on the work that matters. Here she shares some valuable tips on automating your workflow.
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We spoke to John Schwab of Curtain Call, a brand that brings London’s thriving theatre industry together. John, an actor and writer, started Curtain Call with Matt Humphrey, a photographer specialising in theatre. Their first photography book, Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre has satiated the curiousity of thousands of theatre enthusiasts and is now up for a British Book Production and Design award.
We interviewed Miranda West, publisher of DO Books. Miranda has worked in publishing, mainly in commissioning and editorial, for fifteen years. She set up DO Books after discovering the DO Lectures, which take place in various places throughout the UK every year. The lectures and books inspire attendees to take action for positive change, be it personal, environmental or for business. DO Books are concise guides written by DO Lectures speakers, who range from experts in industry disruption to experts in sourdough bread.
We’ve gathered some Freelancer, Author and Publisher Tipsheets for you, from some of the best in the business. Advising on a variety of specialisms, skills and topics, these experts have generously shared with us what they’ve learned in their long and varied careers. Whether you’re a publishing specialist just starting your freelance career, or an author wanting to know more about the publishing process, we hope there’s something here for you. And if not – watch this space, there’s more to come on the blog each week.
We spoke to Ali Albazaz, CEO and founder of Inkitt, a data-driven publisher that uses an artificially intelligent algorithm to analyse online users’ reading patterns. With a background in computer science, Ali believes predictive analysis has the potential to make the publishing industry more fair and objective. We asked him about how he came to form his company with designer Linda Gavin, the value of data in book agenting and how they built up the site’s core audience and readership.
We are pleased to reproduce this brilliant essay on typography’s evolving significance in a digital landscape by UX designer and typography enthusiast Matej Latin. Read on for an abridged history of typography and its changing relationship with humanity. This article was originally published on Matej’s blog A Day in the Life of a Designer. Among Matej’s other ventures is Gutenberg, a web typography starter kit that brings meaning and craftsmanship to web typography. Matej is originally from Slovenia.
We asked trusted whitefox freelancer (and Unsung Hero of Publishing for 2016) David Brimble for an abridged overview of what has changed in book production technology since he began his career. Read on to find out exactly how digital made working remotely as a production specialist possible.
We asked Emily Banyard of publicity agency FMcM Associates to provide us with some tips for those interested in getting started in book publicity and we sure got what we asked for – enough for a two-part tipsheet. Very much worth memorising if you’re an author as well as a fledgeling publicist. Read and share her sage advice!
We asked Georgia Odd, Editorial and Marketing Assistant at Unbound, to provide us with some tips regarding crowdfunding for a book’s publication. Georgia studied Ancient History at Warwick University and has an MA in Publishing from UCL. She’s been working at Unbound for the past two and a half years, where she helps build crowdfunding campaigns. She’s a fan of a bad pun.
We spoke to Jodie Archer and Matthew Jockers, authors of the upcoming The Bestseller Code (out 20th September). Jodie bought and edited books for Penguin UK before decamping for the doctoral program in English at Stanford University. After her PhD, she worked at Apple as their research lead on literature. Matthew is Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches and directs the Nebraska Literary Lab. His text mining research has been profiled in The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, The Sunday Times, and more. We talked to them about how they became research partners, their research process and their favourite books.