17th September 2020
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Business Book review: Getting it Write

Author Marilyn Messek proves that a book is the best marketing tool you can have. A good business guide if you're just starting out, but not for old hands.
24th July 2020
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Business Book review: The 80/20 Principle

The 80/20 principle proves that 80% of results come from 20% of input. The book recommends we should locate and concentrate on the most lucrative parts of our businesses.
19th July 2020
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Business Book review: The Human Edge

We can’t compete with AI, but if we develop our unique human powers we can work in tandem with it, survive and thrive. Learn how to develop these skills in The Human Edge.
3rd May 2018
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Experienced designer or intern – which would you choose?

Here’s my take on the pros and cons of using an experienced designer or an intern – and a view from a publishing professional who’s seen life from both sides of the fence.
26th October 2017
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How to supply good pictures to your designer

Supply good pictures to your designer and ensure your marketing materials are up to scratch and your products and services are shown to the best possible advantage.
7th August 2017
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How to commission a book designer

Anxious about commissioning a book designer? Find out how to ensure your designer projects the right image and communicates successfully with your readers.
6th April 2017
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Is Grip Lit dead?

Publishers and agents would like to see the end of ‘Grip Lit’ – but it's very lucrative for them. It's also still popular. Here are my top 5 choices.
17th March 2017
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Tips for using InDesign

21st September 2016
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5 ways to sell your book

Writing your book is the easy bit. Marketing and selling it is a whole new ball game. To get you started here are 5 ways to sell your book.
12th August 2016
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New home for the Galley Club

The Water Rats is the new home for the Galley Club, the seriously social club for people who work in, or are interested in, the world of publishing.
7th July 2016

What team do authors need to run a successful book business?

Have you decided to quit your job to concentrate on writing? If so, you may want to handle everything
28th May 2015
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BookMachine success stories

Back in 2013, I wrote a post about a new service for publishing professionals. Little did I know what impact it would have on my career.
23rd July 2014
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A masterclass in marketing

At last night’s Bookmachine event for people in publishing, Sam Missingham, Head of Events at HarperCollins, spoke about her most recent
8th April 2014

How to publish an ebook

Recently, KIngston University hosted an excellent talk by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords on ‘How to publish an ebook’. Smash words is a free publishing platform
31st December 2013
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Labour of love: Graham Rawle’s quirky book design

When I’m thinking of buying a book, often the design can put me off; a very small typeface, mean leading (line spacing) and stingy margins are
2nd October 2013
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Promote yourself and find professionals in publishing with bookmachine.me

Do you work in publishing? Ever had trouble getting work, finding the right contributors for your project, or making strategic alliances? Fret no more. Laura and Gavin