Holly Cochrane is a food stylist and recipe writer based in London. Originally working in the camera department of the film and TV industry, Holly later turned her love of food and cooking into a career. She now splits freelance life between working as a food stylist for print and cookery shows, and as a focus puller and camera operator on commercials, films and dramas.
Anna Steadman is Assistant Editor at Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Random House that publishes fiction, nonfiction and some illustrated cookery titles. Before joining Penguin, she worked at literary agency Lutyens & Rubinstein.
Sarah Birks is a freelance Art Director and prop stylist specialising in food content. With a background in fine art, a Bachelor degree in graphic design, and an insatiable appetite for all things food, she worked on food titles for ten years before moving into the freelance world at the start of 2015.
Chris Wold is the Associate Publisher of Nourish, the food and drink imprint of Watkins Publishing. A champion of international markets for the last 20 years, he has made a career of using licensing, co-editions and proprietary sales to find new markets for the books and authors on his lists. His latest project, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook, publishes this month, having been discovered over a chance conversation at last year’s London Book Fair.
We’re delighted to share these tips from Janice Rayment, who has been indexing for over five years. Before she started indexing, she worked in finance, and later in the horticultural industry. She creates both standalone and embedded indexes (principally in Adobe InDesign). Janice is currently Vice Chair and Finance Director for the Society of Indexers.
Roger Tagholm is a freelance journalist and author who has been writing about the book industry for nearly 30 years. He contributes regularly to Publishing Perspectives and The Bookseller, and writes a fortnightly industry round-up for the London Book Fair website. He’s written features on the book industry in China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, and is the author of Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press) and Walking Literary London (New Holland). He’s the co-author of Walking London’s Parks and Gardens, also published by New Holland.
We’re pleased to share this advice from children’s author, Gill Harvey. Gill spent the first half-decade of her writing career working on non-fiction at Usbourne, before moving onto fiction. She’s written stories for everyone from tots to teens, and for an equally wide range of publishers (though not always under her own name).
Natalia Kucirkova is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting children’s book reading, digital literacy and exploring the role of personalisation in early years. Her publications have appeared in Communication Disorders Quarterly, First Language, Computers & Education, and Cambridge Journal of Education.
Mike Stoner was born in the UK, but currently lives in Prague with his family. He spent a year in Indonesia, which provided a lot of the inspiration for his first novel, Jalan Jalan. He was selected for The Guardian’s self-published book of the month before finding a traditional publisher. He currently teaches English, trains teachers and does freelance writing. He’s planning to finish his next novel by the end of the year.