A roundup of our interviews during 2016
2016 is generally a year to remember for some, a year to forget for others. In the ever-evolving publishing industry, we’ve seen fascinating patterns emerge. Sales of physical books have rebounded, while eBook success has plateaued. Amazon has made further inroads across many areas of the book business – both digital and physical. Industry bigwigs have shifted positions. We’ve seen mergers, acquisitions, and exciting new startups. It’s all happening.
We’ve had the privilege to interview many of publishing’s finest people this year. Here’s a roundup of the best chats we had!
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH IMOLA UNGER OF PENGUIN RH
We had the chance to interview Imola Unger, a champion for digital technology and a lover of books. She has developed a solid reputation for her work at Penguin Random House UK over the past couple of years. We spoke to her about her role in one of the world’s finest publishers, and her perspectives on this ever-changing industry.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH LONDON REVIEW BOOKSHOP
At the Independent Bookshop Week, we spoke to Natalia de la Ossa, bookshop manager of one of the most popular bookstores in the South East; London Review Bookshop. She shared with us her vision for independent retailers, her insights on the the state of independent bookselling, and what it takes to be successful in a fiercely competitive marketplace.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH KAYLEIGH GARTHWAITE
We chatted with Kayleigh Garthwaite, a trusted academic at Durham University and the author of Hunger Pains: Life Inside Foodbank Britain. With her extensive experience as a volunteer at an organisation of a Trussell Trust foodbank, she serves as the voice of the people in Britain surviving from emergency food services.
Kayleigh shared with us the challenges she encountered while doing her research and her perspective on a writer’s responsibility in communicating pressing social issues in the world.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH CUBUS GAMES
Cubus Games is a creative studio formed by a team of Gamebook crafters and developers of Interactive Experiences around Cultural Heritage. Their unique range of digital gamebooks and interactive apps have received high plaudits, and are making their mark on the industry. We spoke to the team about their approach, and how they’re combining creativity and technical knowhow to craft brilliant products.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – CLARE HODDER ON RIGHTS & FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE
At the Frankfurter Buchmesse, we chatted with the highly-respected rights and licensing expert, Clare Hodder. She shared with us fascinating insights about rights and licensing, plus plenty of insider tips for attending Frankfurt.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH OCTANE PRESS
Here’s our interview with yet another brilliant independent publisher called Lee Klancher. Lee is the founder of US-based small publishing house, Octane Press, an established author, and keen photographer. I interviewed Lee about the Octane’s niche, and his outlook on the publishing industry in general.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – URBANE PUBLICATIONS
In this series’ very first article, we talked to Matthew Smith, owner and founder of collaborative independent publishers, Urbane Publications. We talked to Matthew about his perspective on the importance of partnering with authors, and their marketing strategy that’s built on fostering relationships with authors and readers.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH NOSY CROW
Nosy Crow is one of the UK’s most celebrated independent publishing houses and we were curious to know what makes them tick, and how they became so successful in a relatively short space of time. We contacted their Business Development Manager and Commissioning Editor, Tom Bonnick and asked him about their diverse approach, the challenges they are facing, and how they’ve adapted to the digital revolution.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH ALISON JONES
We managed to catch Alison Jones at the London Book Fair for a brief chat. Alison Jones is Former Director of Innovation Strategy at Macmillan, and a business publishing partner and consultant. She agreed to speak to us and answer a few questions about her perspectives on the state and future of the publishing industry.
PUBLISHING FOCUS – AN INTERVIEW WITH AKASHIC BOOKS
We’ve put a spotlight on the ever-buoyant publishing industry in New York and got the chance to speak to Managing Editor at Akashic Books, Johanna Ingalls. This popular publishing house is based in the famous area of Brooklyn, and specialises in urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Johanna shared what Akashic is all about, how they got started, and some of the challenges and rewards along the way.