We spoke to Emma Perry, organiser of International Book Giving Day. Emma has been obsessed with books for as long as she can remember – a graduate of English Literature, she is also a teacher and the founder of the children’s book review website My Book Corner. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Golden Egg Academy.
Chris is the Founder and Curator of the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign, a not-for-profit enterprise to introduce the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð to the UK and beyond. He is also Head of Crowdfunding at CrowdPatch, the crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs.
Amanda Scope is an Austrian-born graphic designer, with over 15 years experience in magazine and book publishing, She has designed covers and layouts for various lifestyle and fashion magazines, anthologies and trade books. We spoke to Amanda about the difference between working on self-published and traditionally published books, whether or not you need a degree to work in print design and the most gratifying aspect of her job.
We spoke to Philip Watson, Commissioning Editor for Thames & Hudson’s Museum division. Philip started working for Thames & Hudson over 20 years ago as a desk editor, with brief interludes writing and translating. Titles he has handled for T&H include The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum), Kimonos (from the Khalili Collection), Jewelry by Suzanne Belperron, books on monsters, mythology and the occult, as well as various photography and fashion titles (Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style, Dior: New Looks, The World According to Karl). We spoke to him about passion projects, the importance of a good project manager for ambitious projects and the one illustrated book that we cannot miss this autumn.
Tobias Harwood is the author of Great Traits and the founder of GreatTraitsProject.com. Since shattering his pelvis and fracturing his back aged seventeen he has been fascinated by the interaction between mindset and accomplishments. Tobias was inspired to write Great Traits after his close friend, a wounded soldier, became the first ever amputee to walk to the North Pole. All the author’s proceeds from Great Traits are donated to the charity Walking With The Wounded. Aside from running the Great Traits Project, Tobias is an investor and researcher for a Wall Street financial firm. He has a degree from the University of Bath. Great Traits is his first book.
Tom Mangold started his reporting life on the East Molesey and Ditton Gazette for 80p a week. After working as a war correspondent and investigative reporter for BBC TV news, he joined BBC TV’s Panorama where he stayed for some 28 years, making over 120 editions. He is the author of four previous books, two of which became international bestsellers. One of his books on the Vietnam War has been purchased by Hollywood and will be filmed next year. A story he wrote for The Times about a murder he and housewife Susan Galbreath investigated in Kentucky will also be filmed next year for BBC Films. His memoir Splashed! A Life From Print to Panorama was published November 8th.
We spoke to the founder and editor of Bookomi, Richard Kilgarriff. Bookomi is a monthly poll of books worth talking about, ranked by business leaders from a range of industries and professions. Based on the results of this predictive poll, Richard advises corporate clients on their choice of topics and speakers for internal and external events. Named as a Rising Star by The Bookseller magazine in 2012, he is the producer and presenter of Books for Breakfast at Soho House and Bookomi Presents at Second Home, playing host to published scientists, economists, artists, founders, technologists, management theorists and cultural influencers. The Bookomi podcast launches on Curio.io in December 2016 and Richard is currently gathering material for a book project entitled Superknowledge – 100 Leaders Who Are Readers, scheduled for release in 2018. Before launching Bookomi, Richard was a broadcast media executive at Turner Broadcasting, Rapture TV and Sony Gold’s award-winning Virgin Radio Breakfast show.
We interviewed Miranda West, publisher of DO Books. Miranda has worked in publishing, mainly in commissioning and editorial, for fifteen years. She set up DO Books after discovering the DO Lectures, which take place in various places throughout the UK every year. The lectures and books inspire attendees to take action for positive change, be it personal, environmental or for business. DO Books are concise guides written by DO Lectures speakers, who range from experts in industry disruption to experts in sourdough bread.
We spoke to Charles Thiede, co-founder of Zapnito, a platform where individuals can leverage a comprehensive network of experts and influencers. We spoke to Charles about setting up the company, working with publishers and the upside to rejection.