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ALPSP Conference 2015

It was my 3rd time at the annual ALPSP Conference (9-11 September) and as usual, it was a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people (both our candidates and clients) and hear the latest thoughts from scholarly publishers worldwide.


If you weren’t able to get there, I’m not going to summarise all the sessions I attended as the lovely team at ALPSP has done a superb job of adding audio and slides to their Conference Programme, which means you can have a look yourself! (Thanks Suzanne, Audrey, Lesley, Dee and Sabia)

Sessions I thought particularly of interest:

Smart ways for small publishers to go global: Peter Richardson, Managing Director, British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery told us the answer lies in strategic partnerships with other organisations and talked through pros and cons of outsourcing and maintaining editorial control.


Have I got standards for you? chaired by Laura Cox: we had some interesting perspectives from a small publisher perspective with Leighton Chipperfield, Director of Publishing and Income Diversification, Society for General Microbiology and the other end of the scale with Laird Barrett, Senior Digital Product Manager (Journals), Taylor & Francis outlining how they implement publishing standards.


There are also some very good blogs to read up on and loads more info on twitter #alpsp15

I thought I’d list the finalists for their Awards for Innovation in Publishing – the winner was Kudos.
Bookmetrix from Altmetric and Springer SBM
CHORUS – advancing public access to research
eLife Lens open-source reading tool from eLife
Impact Vizor from HighWire Press
JSTOR Daily online magazine
Kudos toolkit for researchers and their publishers
Overleaf authorship tool
RightFind XML for Mining from the Copyright Clearance Center
The Xvolution board game from NSTDA

More info about the winners: http://www.alpsp.org/Ebusiness/AboutALPSP/ALPSPAwards.aspx


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The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

On Wednesday 20th May this years’ winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize was announced to a room buzzing with publishing talent at the Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell.  The prize is in its 10th year and was set up  in the memory of the inspirational Publishing Director Kim Scott Walwyn. It is managed by the Prize Committee and Book Trust and is run in partnership with the Society of Young Publishers and the Publishing Training Centre. The award was originally founded to recognise women who had made an exceptional contribution to the industry and attracted nominations from high level professionals, with past winners including Lynette Owen and Claire Alexander. However, in more recent years the focus has shifted to the rising talent within publishing and to qualify for entry you must have no more than 7 years’ publishing experience.  The Kim Scott Walwyn prize is an important opportunity to recognise and encourage women who are demonstrating outstanding potential early in their careers and although there is always controversy surrounding awards that are aimed at a specific gender, race or demographic, until equality of the sexes is achieved in employment, this prize remains relevant.

Keynote speaker, Kate Mosse, firmly validated the importance of the prize, particularly as it is open to self-nominations.  She encouraged the audience to do things to make things happen and asserted that it is not unladylike or vulgar to promote yourself and women need to become more comfortable with being self-confident.  She urged us to understand that in celebrating your own achievements you can help other people.

Kate Mosse

Mosse, who was one of the founders of the Orange Prize for women’s fiction (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction ) is clearly passionate about women and minority groups gaining a stronger voice in the higher echelons of publishing and literature and believes  “we are better with a plurality of voices”.  Whilst clear that she doesn’t feel the publishing industry is diverse enough and needs to learn and be better, Mosse did credit the industry as being one, by nature of what it does, in which we feel that our voice counts. Mosse’s speech was both a rallying cry and a valedictory statement for minority prizes. She left us with the comparison that without literary prizes world changing books of quality might not continue to be published and without prizes for women and other minorities, the equality and diversity of the workforce, which is key to growing a stronger industry, might not be achieved.

The 2015 shortlist was certainly diverse with entrants from different disciplines and sectors: from production in scientific publishing through to children’s books commissioning and a literary agent who came to publishing as a second career.

Congratulations to the five shortlisted entrants (listed below) who were all worthy of the award and a big well done to this year’s winner Rebecca Lewis-Oakes.

Shortlist for the 2015 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize

  • Brianna Corbett – Production Archivist, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Rebecca Lewis-Oakes – Editor, Puffin Books
  • Anna James – Books News and Media Editor, The Bookseller
  • Nisha Doshi – Senior Commissioning Editor, Cambridge University Press
  • Jo Unwin – Literary Agent, Jo Unwin Literary Agency

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The PPA Independent Publisher Conference & Awards

PPA Awards

Our first event with the PPA was an excellent day – starting with a morning conference with two streams. Luckily there were three of us attending so we could cover all sessions. Susan and I went to the publishing strategy stream focussed on the themes of product, people and profit while Beatrice covered the multi-channel content stream looking at community, content and technology.

Innovation was the buzz word and industry experts discussed how to create a culture and structure which drives innovation. Phil Ives, Director and Partner at Shirlaws, looked at how the economy follows the markets and that we’re in a hesitant, uneven recovery with a boom coming. He questioned whether we have a recovery mindset and suggested that now is the time to go and invest in our businesses and to do something different, not necessarily big or expensive, just different.

‘How to create a culture and structure which drives innovation’:
Simon Dessain, Digital Director at The List talked about their move from print to web to mobile. At peak times mobile is 80% of user activity. They’ve moved from being Scotland-centric to covering the UK.

Ian Gerrard, Publishing Director at Caspian  (and ex UBM, EMAP) outlined the differences between working at a larger corporate and smaller independent, but stressed the importance of creating an atmosphere for innovation. Everyone in the business should understand the idea of profit and revenue – it helps focus ideas and the understanding that they do need to be profitable.

Emily Cole, Agricultural Publications Editor at the NFU gave a great presentation on the success story of new publication ‘studentfarmer’. It was interesting to see what can be done with a small team and limited budget.

Really interesting for us was the session on ‘skills, recruitment and retention: making your team the key to business success’. The panel looked at the skills and organisational structures needed to take full advantage of emerging multi-platform opportunities.

The multi-channel content stream, ‘Community, content, technology’ was packed with innovative ideas on how to make the most of the huge explosion in ways to deliver content. Steve Fowler, Dennis Publishing Editor-in-Chief (Carbuyer and Auto Express) kicked off by listing his ‘Seven things to help you succeed as a multi-channel editor’ – key here was to put yourself in your customers’ shoes – as he pointed out, car sellers don’t buy cars! While advocating multipurposing content, he also advised investing in quality content.

There were two case studies in ‘Creating a buzz: how to grow and engage your communities across platforms’. Phebe Hunnicutt, Digital Director, Elle, Hearst Magazines, spoke about the high-profile campaign to capture new audiences by blending fashion and feminism that saw Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband wearing the “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirts, and Content & Community Director at Sigaria, David Rae, talked about engaging your communities by sharing common issues and developing trust.

In ‘Strategies to deliver engaging and profitable events’, Tim Arthur, CEO, Time Out Group and Toby Filby, MD, Stable Events, explored the critical factors for successful events such as Time Out Live in Covent Garden, when they moved the team to a pop up office in Covent Garden and made the magazine there, and Stable Media’s speed dating events for the construction industry.

In the first session after coffee, David Hall, Editor, FourFourTwo, Haymarket Media Group gave us his ‘Top tips on producing immersive content’, providing practical advice on how to utilise multiple devices and platforms, describing the truly multi-media 442 Guide to the World Cup.

Video is the fastest growth area for content online and advertising spend. In ‘Creating compelling and profitable video’, the three speakers shared their experience around how to create engaging video and the lessons learnt along the way. They were Marc Hartog, Founder & CEO, Apptitude Media; Andrea Moffat, Deputy MD, DJ Murphy; and Daniel Pearce, MD, TTG Media.

The morning closed with ‘Tips and practical examples of how to embed commercial content into an editorial environment’. The three speakers were Andy Harris, Jamie Magazine, Glenda Marchant, Publishing Director, Stylist, Shortlist Media and Mike Walsh, Brand Development Director, Haymarket Media Group.

The morning was superbly moderated by Andy Cowles.

Presentations will be available on the PPA website soon along with a report from key sessions.

The Awards ceremony was packed with more than 350 people from a wide range of companies and mix of B2B and B2C titles, and there were 19 awards presented by the publishing legend John Brown. View the winners’ list here!


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Atwood Tate joins the PPA – and sponsors Writer of the Year award!

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Atwood Tate is delighted to announce we have become an Associate member of the PPA.  We’re looking forward to getting involved with PPA Business, ensuring that we’re on top of industry news and developments so we can offer a really effective recruitment service to you.

To kick things off, we’re attending the Independent Publisher Conference & Awards 5th December and hope to see you there.  We’re excited to be sponsoring the award for Writer of the year.

As a reminder, we work with the B2B publishing industry (including events and conferences) to supply staff for permanent, contract, freelance and temporary roles at all levels – from first job to MD – in: Editorial, Production, Sales, Marketing & Publicity, Rights, Design, Operations & Distribution.

Here is some background on the team outlining what roles they cover and contact details:

Beatrice Harper, Manager, B2B

Tel:     020 7487 8237         Email: beatriceharper@atwoodtate.co.uk

Specialist areas:

Editorial, Production, Production Editorial, Digital, Design and Operations

Susan Glinska, Publishing Recruitment Consultant

Tel:     020 7487 8292         Email: susanglinska@atwoodtate.co.uk

Specialist areas:

Sales (UK), International Sales, Marketing, Circulation, Conferences & Events, Publicity, Rights and Contracts, Customer Services & Admin

Kellie Millar, Manager (Temps/Freelancers)

Tel:    020 7487 8325          Email: kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk

You can find out more about our service levels and recruitment process or see the vacancies in publishing we are currently handling on our website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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ALPSP International Conference 2014

It was another great conference organised by ALPSP to bring together the scholarly and professional society publishing world.  As ever, there were main sessions and options on parallel talks so it’s impossible to see it all.  They have just released the speakers’ presentations on the ALPSP website so luckily, there is a chance to read up.

On Thursday, the opening session on ‘Cross-fertilization’ chaired by Toby Green of OECD was an enlightening discussion about challenges facing NGOs, university presses, learned societies and commercial publishers. David Smith, Head of Product Solutions, at the IET had some particularly interesting questions and suggestions, saying publishers can make a good profit from OA journals but subscription models can be difficult for smaller publishers.

There was discussion as to why all journals aren’t now available in open access format and Toby Green questioned whether publishers are making enough effort for their readers to make content accessible.  The issue of whether sharing information globally for free is a good thing really depends on your perspective.

Another interesting session was ‘Competing with the Corporates’ chaired by Oliver Gadsby, Chief Executive at Rowman & Littlefield International.  We heard some personal outlooks from Digital Science, Packt Publishing, Policy Press and Edward Elgar Publishing.

Some key points:

There are lots of relatively small journal publishers but they’re big in the niches where they compete.

Staff are your most important asset. In a small company you can’t promote people like in a corporate company, so you need to involve them in the business in different ways.

‘Ideas are cheap – it’s actions that count’ – good advice on many levels from Alison Shaw.

There’s more pressure on selling to / joining with corporates, so smaller publishers need to:

1 Find good partners

2 Go OA

3 Find new ways of providing value

A plenary session on ‘Who’s Afraid of Big Data?’ chaired by Fiona Murphy of Wiley was thought provoking if a bit on the dark side.  We had a range of speakers from inside and outside the industry discussing what does Big Data actually mean for societies and publishers in practice? We learnt a lot about both the amount of data that’s out there (and growing massively) and got some ideas on how publishers can work with it.

And of course the dinner with the Awards for Innovation in Publishing and quiz were highlights, many congratulations to the winners:

Gold to Frontiers, the open science platform.

Silver was awarded to IOP ebooks™ from IOP Publishing.

JournalGuide from Research Square received a Bronze award.

The best summaries of all the sessions are on the ALPSP blog so do have a good look there too!

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Volunteer Reading Help and Carnival of the Animals

Atwood Tate is very proud to be a supporter of a wonderful charity called Volunteer Reading Help. VRH aims to help improve children’s literacy, and provide one-to-one literacy support to over 6,000 children each week.

A recent review showed just how effective this support is. Of the children currently registered on their evaluation system, 39% were referred because their reading was below the expected national curriculum level. First term results currently show that 59% had improved by at least one sub reading level with 6% progressing between 4 and 8 sub levels! This really is a remarkable improvement – average progress was 0.2 sub levels prior to VRH’s intervention.

Volunteer Reading Help are joining forces with the New London Orchestra on July 5th to host a concert celebrating literacy and music. ‘Carnival of the Animals’, conducted by Ronald Corp OBE, will feature St Matthew’s school choir and original poetry by St. Peter’s Primary. You can buy tickets at carnivaloftheanimals.eventbrite.com or through the New London Orchestra’s website. The event has been kindly sponsored by Victoria Business Improvement District, all profits raised will support the work of both charities.

Click here for the full-sized flyer

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World Book Night

Today is World Book Night, a celebration of reading and books. (Or as one person has called it, “World Book Knight”, prompting visions of brave men on horseback rushing up with books fresh off the presses… Oh, if only that were true).

Well, books are more than just our job here at Atwood Tate – they are our passion. And being friendly people, we have all jumped at the chance to tell you about some of our favourite reads. The hardest part has been picking just one!

Claire Law:
Maggie O’Farrell
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
I’m a great fan of Maggie O’Farrell and this is a moving tale of family, sisters and a terrible injustice. Switching between the 1930s and the present, Esme’s niece, Iris, learns about the aunt she never knew who was incarcerated in an asylum. It’s a tragic, haunting and compulsive read…

Helen Speedy:
Daphne Du Maurier
A mystery, a love story, a thriller. Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca combines spine tingling Brontë-esque atmosphere with a compelling plot, rich in illusion and twists (a perfect story to get the Hitchcock treatment). A beautifully written and terrifying tale, Rebecca loses none of its suspense or allure in rereading. I’m always happy to go to Manderley again.

Sam Coleman
Stephen King
Misery is an author’s unmasking of their own fear of themselves revealed through a fan’s grotesque, stunted idealism and brutal, misplaced torture. A haunting commentary on the culture of celebrity and a nerve shredding claw hammer to both knee caps. King makes you feel every bone crack. You haven’t read it yet?

Lucy Llewellyn:
Cormack McCarthy
The Road
McCarthy’s vision of apocalypse is one of cold, grey deprivation. This is a world of nothingness, a pared back version of our own; anything extraneous to survival, even punctuation, has no place. Deceptively simple prose conveys complex experience and emotion. Absolutely compulsive reading, The Road is bleak, beautiful and shocking.

Claire Louise Kemp
Meg Rosoff
How I Live Now
Imagine a modern-day Britain. Imagine it is your summer holiday. And now imagine the forces of an occupying army are marching down the winding country lanes. This is a beautifully written, utterly compelling, completely disturbing, and all too plausible look at how our world might be if things were just a little bit different. (You’ll find it in the kids section of the library, but don’t be fooled. This book will haunt you).

Stephanie Hall
Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
Zusak writes a tragic portrayal of the injustice and brutality of war juxtaposed with the comforting notion that words and books will see you through even the most horrific of circumstances. “Haunted by humans”, our narrator Death talks you through the lives and loves of characters that will stay with you for years to come.

So that’s all of our favourites – why not tell us about yours? Send an email to info@atwoodtate.co.uk (or any of the individual consultants), and we will share a few in our next blog.

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Bookseller Industry Awards

The Atwood Tate team donned our best frocks (and kilts) to mingle with the great and the good at Monday’s Bookseller Industry Awards. Thanks to those who joined our table for the great company, and to everyone who organised this superb and well-deserved celebration of the publishing world.

Congratulations to all who were nominated and especially, of course, to the winners!

Imprint and Editor of the Year
Random House: Liz Foley, Harvill Secker

Children’s Publisher of the Year
Usborne Publishing

Independent Publisher of the Year
Constable & Robinson

Literary Agent of the Year
Jonny Geller: Curtis Brown

Publisher of the Year

Rights Professional of the Year
Andy Hine: Little, Brown

Publicity Campaign of the Year
Anwen Hooson & Amelia Fairney (Riot Communications & Viking, Penguin):
Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Room, Pan Macmillan

Digital Strategy of the Year

Academic, Education and Professional Publisher of the Year
Oxford University Press

National Bookseller of the Year
Foyles Bookshop

Children’s Bookseller of the Year

Children’s Independent Bookseller of the Year
The Book Nook

Library of the Year
Edinburgh City Libraries

Manager of the Year
Darrell Thrush-Denning, Blackwell’s, Edinburgh Southbridge

Sue Butterworth Young Bookseller of the Year
Katie Clapham, Storytellers, Inc.

Independent Bookseller of the Year
The Main Street Trading Company, St Boswells

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