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Our Plans for the London Book Fair & Giveaway

Plans for London Book Fair & Giveaway

Our Plans for the London Book Fair & Giveaway

With the London Book Fair officially one week away we thought we would share with you our plans for the event!

Every day of the fair there will be at least 5 members of the Atwood Tate staff milling around Olympia, either at our stand, in the Ivy Club or around the fair.

When we are at our stand (3B26, in tech) and we’re not deep in conversation , feel free to approach us. During the week we do have meetings throughout the day so we may not always be available to chat – as much as we’d like to!

You can still take a look at our stand however! We will be bringing a lot of things with us:

  • Leaflets – with all our information and details about our services
  • Printables – Are you looking for work experience? Or useful information about getting into publishing? We will have some print outs available with some resources for you!
  • Sweets – One of the most important things at any book fair: sugary sustenance.
  • Current Vacancies – We’ll have a list of all of our current vacancies at our stand as well.

We will also be on social media a lot! Not only during the London Book Fair but this week as well!


This year we are also running competitions! The first is a Giveaway: Win £100 worth of vouchers by liking and sharing our LinkedIn page! Starting from tomorrow (8th March) and ending on the 16th of March, the last day of the London Book Fair, you could win a great prize! And all you have to do is follow our LinkedIn page and share the post on Twitter. For more entries you can also share and like our LinkedIn posts on this Giveaway!

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Also, if you follow us on Twitter you may have noticed a certain competition we’re starting for this year’s Book Fair!

The first person to come up to us, on each day of the London Book Fair, and says: ‘Atwood Tate we hear you’re great’ will win a £10 book voucher!

The earlier you get to our stand (3B26) and say this, the better. We’ll announce when someone has won the prize each day on our Twitter feed. However please respect the consultants work; if they’re in a meeting at the stand please don’t disturb them. The fair is an industry event after all.

Other Plans

On Tuesday 14th you may spot our Administrator Ellie wandering around with a camera as she films a London Book Fair Vlog for our YouTube channel! Be sure to say hello and tell us your thoughts on the London Book Fair if you get a chance!

On Thursday 16th, between 2:30pm-5:00pm, two of our Consultants: Karine Nicpon & Alison Redfearn will be attending the Career’s Clinic. You can bring your CV and have a quick 5 minute chat with them about the next step in your career!

All in all we have a lot going on!

Make sure you follow us across all our social media, and use the hashtag #LBF17, to keep up to date with what is happening at the Fair. As well as receive advice, hints and tips on what to bring and see at the London Book Fair: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

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Welcome to the team David!

There are more then just Editorial, Marketing and Publicity jobs in Publishing and for that reason we’re are thrilled to welcome David – the newest member of the Atwood Tate team who shall be handling all our  IT & Data roles!


David is a Senior Consultant at Atwood Tate and has extensive experience in both the publishing and recruitment industry with a key focus on business areas such as: Digital, Technology, Change & Transformation, Information Security and Data & Analytics.

He started his publishing career as a Corporate Project Leader for Swets Information Services who were a subscription and information agency that worked on behalf of a multitude of publishers. He then went on to work for NLA media access as a Senior Account Manager where he provided collective licensing solutions in order to protect publishing industry’s copyright. In June 2014 he left the NLA to pursue a career in recruitment and worked as a consultant for a Digital, Technology and Change & Transformation agency before joining Atwood Tate.

You can contact him here:

Telephone: 020 7034 7850
Email: davidmartin@atwoodtate.co.uk
Or on LinkedIn

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Team Update

It’s an exciting time to be in recruitment right now, and that is evident by the changes in the Atwood Tate line-up!

We’re delighted to announce that Claire Louise Kemp and Karine Nicpon have both been promoted to Senior Consultants!

Christina Dimitradi, currently coCD photo 2015vering consultant Catherine Roney’s maternity leave, has been made permanent so she’ll continue working with us when Catherine returns in January. Christina handles all Editorial (Trade, Academic, Educational, Professional, Associations, Charities and Societies), Rights, International Sales and Contracts roles.
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Lucy Slater

Lucy Slater has been promoted from Administrator to Consultant, and is now covering Production, Production Editorial, Data, Research and Analytics, Digital/IT, Design, Distribution and Operation roles.
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Ellie LinkedIn imageEleanor (Ellie) Pilcher is our new Administrator, currently covering Katie Hargreaves maternity leave until she returns in January. Get in touch with her for any queries regarding your profile, updates or registering with Atwood Tate.
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You can find more about our team at our Meet the Team page and for a full list of all our contact info, here’s a link to our Organisation structure which also tells you who covers what job roles/sectors in our London and Oxford offices.

Don’t forget to Link in with your Consultant to keep track of new job vacancies, industry news and events.

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The Beginners Guide to Networking in Publishing (and other industries)

Networking. It’s not many people’s favourite activity but we all have to do it. Charly Salvesen-Ford of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) and I recently gave a “Masterclass on Networking” to the SYP Oxford, and below are the highlights of what we talked about.

But why do I have to network?
Publishing is a very collaborative industry and it is very relationship driven. Networking can get you anything from free books, to book club members, to new business opportunities, to job offers.

  • People are more likely to remember you if they’ve met you and can put a face to the name.
  • People are more likely to remember you, and therefore recommend you to others if they’ve spoken to you in real life
  • People are more likely to remember you, and therefore be willing to help you if they’ve met you in real life.

Ok. Quick! Tell me what I need to know in 30 seconds.

  • Be brave and fake it till you make it – I bet 90% the people in the room are just as nervous as you are! Seriously, people are often just as shy as you are, and being nice to them in real life, will make them feel better about themselves and therefore good about you.
  • Baby steps – challenge yourself to get just one business card. Voila! You have networked. Next time will be easier and you can get two.
  • Practice – The more you do it, the less scary it will get. I promise.
  • Just do it!!! – Networking is one of those things that you learn by doing.

Maybe a little bit more detail…
Even the most extroverted people know how intimidating walking into a room full of people can be… and a room full of people that all seem to already know each other is a million times worse! Quick tip for that? Get there for the start of the event as opposed to “fashionably late” and cliques won’t have had time to form.

Claire Louise and Charly’s Top Ten Tips for Networking Success

Before the event

  1. Bring business cards, and be ready to accept them too.
    If you’ve got no business card, bring a biro or a Sharpie – that way you can improvise if necessary, or can jot notes to remind of you of things that you will associate with the new contacts. Note: We say biro or sharpie, rather than ink pens because some cards are glossy and hard to write on. Keep spares in your name badge holder/lanyard if you have one.
  2. Look at the delegate list.
    You will often have access to a list of who is at an event. If you have a quick look over it, it may help you recognise people in the room. There may also be specific people that you’d like to be introduced to – why not ask an organiser (or an experienced industry person) if they can point them out or introduce you. You will sometimes know who is going to an event beforehand, in which case it’s worth doing some prep.
  3. Engage online if it is encouraged by the event.
    For example, IPG events love to use hashtags – it’s a good icebreaker for before an event “I’m going to this, do say hello!” and to start virtual conversations that can transfer to real ones if you find the person you are tweeting alongside.

During the event

  1. Just say hello.
    It can be difficult to know how to open a conversation but it’s usually absolutely to fine to start with the basics – say hi and smile! First impressions really count, so a smile can be a winning accessory – even to people you don’t speak to on that occasion.
  2. Give yourself a target of people to meet / cards to obtain.
    Remember though ultimately it’s quality not quantity. Make it a challenge and a game and get invested. These don’t have to be big challenges. For example, if you are super nervous, set yourself the goal of one conversation. Little steps. Next time it won’t be as daunting.
  3. Ask questions
    If the networking follows a talk/conference, ask what they thought about a panel. People like to be asked questions about them and what they do – it’s often an interesting and useful conversation springboard if you ascertain how long someone has worked in the industry.
  4. Speak to people you wouldn’t normally speak to.
    You never know when something/someone’s going to be important and it would be boring if we only spoke to people like ourselves. (It can be tempting to hang around with a group of friends. You will see your friends again, this is the time to work on your career.)

After the event & general thoughts

  1. Do your follow up!
    If you exchanged cards, send a “nice to meet you” email a day or so later. If you said you would send them something, SEND IT!
  2. Don’t forget to tweet the event (using the hashtag) to say “great event” afterwards. A thank you is also always appreciated – events take a lot of organisation! (And if you write a blog follow-up, again, mention the hashtag and organiser in a tweet with the link)
  3. Don’t panic.
    Everyone is human and we don’t all get it right all the time. That’s fine.

Do you have any further tips or networking tricks? Do let us know in the comments, or jump into the conversation on Twitter (@atwoodtate, @kempcl, and @ipghq).

clk-new Charly Ford


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BookMachine: Next Five Years in Publishing


Last week saw another fantastic BookMachine event in Oxford. Co-hosted by the Oxford Publishing Society, the event was sponsored by PLSclear and featured a talk from Michael Bhaskar.

Michael spoke eloquently and passionately about the “Next Five Years in Publishing”. To get a flavour of what he talked about, do read the recent Q&A he did with BookMachine.

The night started with a whistle stop tour of 500 years of publishing history – as an industry, we have been consistently innovative and at the forefront of a lot of major change. Michael then focused in more detail on the past five years, which have all been about consolidation in the market place and the discoverability of content.

So what will the next five years bring us? The themes of consolidation and problems (and solutions) around discoverability will remain key, but Michael feels strongly that we need to look to curation and helping people find the good stuff in the sea of content. Quality, not quantity should be our mantra.

I was left with the impression that, whilst no one knows the answers to how exactly we should go about doing things, there is a lot to be hopeful for in the future of our industry as we continue to innovate and experiment.

Michael is the Co-founder and Publishing Director of Canelo, a new digital publisher. Previously he was Digital Publishing Director at Profile Books and Serpent’s Tail and has worked at Pan Macmillan, a literary agency, an economics consultancy and a newspaper amongst others.

What were your take-away’s from the night? Do let us know in the comments, or jump into the conversation on Twitter (@atwoodtate & @kempcl)

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On Tuesday 9th June Karine and I attended the London BookMachine event about the rise of mobile reading and short stories. It was a great opportunity to meet other publishing professionals, catch-up with old colleagues and hear some expert views on bite-sized content.

We really enjoyed listening to the two speakers.

Louie Stowell was first. She is a Writer and Editor at Usborne and has written over 25 children’s books, including fiction, non-fiction, novelty and traditional stories. She spoke about Fiction Express; a new and interactive platform for publishing fiction e-books where readers determine the plot, in real time, as the stories are written. Louie is an author for Fiction Express and is currently writing The School for Supervillains, a story about a girl who is training to be a supervillain but secretly wants to be a superhero.

Sheila Bounford was second. She is currently Interim Managing Director at Inpress Books and in 2012 founded Off the Page Ideas, a consultancy which works with independent publishers. Over the last few years she has been involved in various digital projects and she gave a very interesting talk about the combination of short form publishing and live broadcasting events.

The event was hosted by Evie Prysor-Jones, Content Lead at Optimus Education and was sponsored by Spineless Classics. If you have the chance to attend any events from the BookMachine week (8th-16th June) in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton and Barcelona, do not hesitate!


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Scholarly Social

Alison and I headed over to King’s Cross on 19th May for the latest instalment of Scholarly Social.  It was our first time at this event and we’d really recommend it to anyone working in and around academic / STM publishing.  It was a really well organised (and free!) event with a great range of speakers plus the chance to network with your peers.

As they say, it’s ‘an open and collaborative space to share ideas and make connections. We host social gatherings where you can make new connections with people involved in scholarly communication or catch up with old friends.  You don’t represent your organisation, just your individual self, and everyone connected to scholarly communication is welcome, including publishers, librarians, researchers, consultants, intermediaries, and students.’

This event was in association with #futurepub (from Overleaf) who have hosted #futurepub 5 as part of the Pint of Science Festival.  We had the pleasure of 6 x 5 minute talks from mainly start-up companies focussed on the future of scientific publishing.

Thanks to Bernie FolanGinny Hendricks for organising. Contact Scholarly Social

Speakers were:

Eva Amsen, Community Strategy Manager for Faculty of 1000

F1000 has just launched F1000Workspace, where researchers can collect, cite and discuss scientific literature with their colleagues.

James Harwood, Co-founder of Penelope (automated manuscript screening)

Penelope is an automated tool that helps authors improve their work before submitting to a journal. Penelope scans manuscripts for common reporting errors and suggests improvements along with links to relevant resources. In doing so, she makes sure that all manuscripts meet journal standards before landing on an editor’s desk.

Richard Smith, founder of Nowomics

The new Nowomics website allows scientists to ‘follow’ biological terms to create a personalised news feed of new papers. With inline abstracts, search and altmetrics it aims to make content discovery simpler than sifting through email alerts and tables of contents.


Sabine Louët, founder of SciencePOD (raising the profile of research, via on-demand popular science articles)

SciencePOD delivers Science Prose On-Demand by translating complex scientific ideas into articles written in an accessible language. It then publishes this high-quality content in a slick magazine format and distributes it widely.

Science pod

Karl Ward, principal engineer at CrossRef (CrossRef’s REST API: All-you-can-eat Scholarly Metadata)

CrossRef’s REST API provides free and open search of metadata covering over 70 million journal articles, books and conference proceedings. Find out how anyone can build services using CrossRef’s metadata, including basic bibliographic information, funding, award and license data for published works and more.

Cross ref

Giorgos Georgopoulos – product, delivery, and business development at Futurescaper

Futurescaper is a tool that connects people’s thinking on complex issues, and is being used to help coordinate teams of researchers working on long-term, multi-author projects. We were given an example of how a team of analysts used Futurescaper to make sense of 300+ citations, collected over 3 months by 24 environmental researchers, in just a day.

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See you at the London Book Fair

We’re really looking forward to this year’s London Book Fair at Olympia and hope to see you there. You’re very welcome to come along to our stand in Tech, for a general chat or to enquire about any of our current vacancies. Just drop in and see us at stand 3B10.

In celebration of the new venue and as it’s our 5th anniversary, we are offering our candidates the chance to win an iPad Mini. In order to enter the prize draw all you need to do is click on our logo below (before 5pm Monday 13th) to go through to our LinkedIn company page, and follow us!


We’ll announce the winner on our blog during the fair and if you’re there you can collect, otherwise we’ll deliver to you afterwards.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you at Olympia next week!

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Byte the Book’s- Blogs, Vlogs and Books: How can you use different platforms to build an audience.

This Byte the Book event focussed on discussions about content across different platforms and how best to use each medium successfully. The discussion was chaired by journalist Daisy Buchanan and her panelists included: Lisa Edwards (publisher at Carlton Books and author of the blog Because I Can), Rosie Allimonos (Digital Content Expert at YouTube) and Greg Jenner (Author of A Million Years in a Day – A History of Everyday Life and Historical Consultant to Horrible Histories).

Greg commented how blogging taught him how to become a better writer and how using a platform with an audience already there helped him to attract followers. He approached the Huffington Post directly and has his work spread across different platforms. Having an audience for his writing also gave him some clout when pitching to publishers for his book.

Rosie commented on how Vlogs are being used by older people, especially in beauty and can also be used to gain valuable audience feedback for writers such as ”The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green.

Social talent agencies are also now on the rise looking for social media writers such as “Buzzfeed”.

When it comes to building your social media brand as a writer, stick to your values and pick a unique quality about you that you can repeat. Also write in 1st person narratives as this is an effective way to get an audience to identify with you, and break down a wall. Blogging can be like keeping a diary or journal. They also used the example of  “The Diary of Anne Frank”.  In order to keep things interesting in your writing, throw in a bit of jeopardy and surprises.

Twitter was also mentioned and how to keep tweets real in 140 characters. You can use twitter to be bold, intelligent but make sure you have a safe audience when making opinions.

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The FutureBook Conference (part two)

The afternoon at the FutureBook conference was as busy and inspiring as the morning. After lunch, I decided to learn a bit more about “the long-term role of social media in publishing”. The amazing Rachel Fershleiser (Director of Publisher Outreach at Tumblr) told us everything we needed to know about Tumblr. Publishers often underestimate the potential of Tumblr where there is an incredible community of readers sharing their thoughts about their favourite books. Tumblr users react to art by creating their own content. Publishers have to be aware that their audience now have an audience too. And again, Rachel agreed with the idea that digital and social media gives you the opportunity to publish more specific content as you can get straight to your readers.

David Ripert (Head of YouTube spaces EMEA at Google/YouTube) gave another example of how book fans can turn into real promotion executives! Have you ever heard about BookTubers? (part of the audience had, I must say I hadn’t). It’s basically book fans like Sanne Vliengenthart who own their own YouTube channel and use it to talk about books. It is entertaining and educational and has become very popular in the last few years. BookTubers now have over 26 million views and 426k subscribers. Why so popular? Because it’s accessible and shareable.

Joe Cohen (CEO at Movellas) actually goes further with Movellas, a community site where you can publish your own stories – or movellas as they like to call them and your audience is actually a source of content. They think of themselves as the home of the fan girl!

I spent the rest of the afternoon finding out about what’s happening in the digital sphere today and hearing about predicted trends for tomorrow. FutureBook was provocative, informative and overall a great day.  I don’t think anybody that attended could deny the importance of digital and social media in the world today and its relevance to the publishing industry.

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