We spoke to the founder and editor of Bookomi, Richard Kilgarriff. Bookomi is a monthly poll of books worth talking about, ranked by business leaders from a range of industries and professions. Based on the results of this predictive poll, Richard advises corporate clients on their choice of topics and speakers for internal and external events. Named as a Rising Star by The Bookseller magazine in 2012, he is the producer and presenter of Books for Breakfast at Soho House and Bookomi Presents at Second Home, playing host to published scientists, economists, artists, founders, technologists, management theorists and cultural influencers. The Bookomi podcast launches on Curio.io in December 2016 and Richard is currently gathering material for a book project entitled Superknowledge – 100 Leaders Who Are Readers, scheduled for release in 2018. Before launching Bookomi, Richard was a broadcast media executive at Turner Broadcasting, Rapture TV and Sony Gold’s award-winning Virgin Radio Breakfast show.
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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 interviewed literary agent Eugenie Furniss, who worked for WME for 15 years before setting up Furniss Lawton for the James Grant Group in 2012. She told us about her favourite aspects of Frankfurt Book Fair, self-publishing and what’s on her reading list. She has been shortlisted twice The Bookseller’s Literary Agent of the Year Award.
We spoke to Ed Faulkner, Deputy Publisher at the Ebury Publishing Division at Penguin Random House UK. Ed is responsible for overseeing the Vermilion, Virgin and WH Allen imprints. His authors include Sir Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, Steve Hilton, Ray Davies and Peter Thiel. He has published a wide range of bestselling books in categories including business, technology, current affairs, history and music.
We spoke to Jemima Hunt, an editor & literary agent at The Writers’ Practice. She represents authors of fiction and non-fiction, including two Sunday Times bestsellers, and has three books in development for film and television. She is a visiting tutor in creative writing at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Spring 2017 sees the launch of a new six-week novel writing course at Oxford’s Story Museum, which she has co-founded with writer & broadcaster, Charlie Lee-Potter. More details available here http://oxfordwritingtable.com
David Shelley joined Little, Brown as Editorial Director in 2005, after five years running the publishing at independent publisher Allison & Busby. Initially commissioning mainly crime and thriller novels and overseeing the audio and ebook lists, he became Sphere Publisher in 2007, then Little, Brown Deputy Publisher in 2009, and Publisher in 2011. Authors he has worked with include Mitch Albom, Mark Billingham, Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid and J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. He was appointed CEO of Little, Brown and Orion in July 2015.
We spoke to Kay Hutchison, founder of Belle Media, a London-based independent publisher and production company, which she runs with fellow Director Richard Dikstra. Kay has a talent for developing large-scale, cross-sector partnerships, bringing teams together to deliver results and has held a variety of senior roles in TV – BBC, Channel 5, Channel 4 and Disney. Kay is also a leading figure within Tech London Advocates. She was born and brought up in Scotland and is currently writing her first book, My Life in Thirty Therapies.
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 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.