Suzy started working in publishing in 2003 in London, where she worked for The Quarto Group and the moved to Michael O’Mara publishing across a variety of roles including sales, marketing and latterly Foreign Rights. In 2008, she then moved into publishing recruitment and is now Managing Director & Owner of Inspired Selection. Inspired Selection works with all publishers to introduce candidates for their vacancies and so can offer excellent advise and support for candidates looking to move into the publishing industry at the start of their career as well as move into higher level positions throughout their careers. Suzy is hugely passionate about the publishing industry and can offer expertise in CV and Covering letter writing and preparing well for interview.
Hachette Book Group
Jason Bartholomew started working in the publishing industry in 1998 in New York City, where he worked across a variety of publishers from Little, Brown, Warner Books, Twelve, John Wiley & Sons, Bulfinch Press, and Grand Central Press. He moved to London in 2008 and is now Rights Director for Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Quercus Books, and Headline Publishing Group, as well as MD for the publishing division Quercus North America based in Hachette’s New York offices. In 2013, Jason won the Bookseller Industry Award for Rights Professional of the Year.
Jason started his career as a playwright in New York. He has since written articles for the Huffington Post and, like many a failed writer, found himself drawn to the publishing industry.
Nick's background is in the publishing industry where he worked for almost 15 years as a commissioning editor and publisher. He worked for Pearson, Thomson Reuters and was then the Publishing Director for the academic press of a professional society. In his previous professional work he has set up and managed commercial business units and launched various commercial enterprises, from book lists to major online information services. He has been involved with a variety of media and publishing formats covering print and online services.
He lectures on sales, marketing & promotion.
He is the Books Review editor for the journal Logos and was co-director with Anne Welsh of the Festival of Reading held at UCL in 2013.
Charlotte has been a full time bookseller and bookshop manager, in London and Melbourne, since finishing her Masters Degree in Publishing in 2010. She has worked at Waterstones, Blackwell's, Daunt Books, Readings (Australia) and Slightly Foxed and is currently the Head of Children's Books at Foyles on Charing Cross Road.
Nick has over seven years experience in a variety of leading digital roles in the publishing industry, including several years at HachetteUK where he worked with a wide range of bestselling authors to bring their content to life digitally including; Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Enid Blyton, Cressida Cowell and Miranda Hart.
In Summer 2014, he joined Bonnier publishing’s start-up Blink Publishing as Head of Digital & Social Media responsible for delivering innovative digital strategies to support bestselling authors such Alfie Deyes and Professor Green and working on stand-out social media campaigns such as #ColourTheMagic.
Nick is delighted to a part of HarperCollins Publisher’s exciting digital team working with colleagues across the group to implement innovative and compelling digital products and platforms.
Alison David is Consumer Insight Director at Egmont, the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher of books and magazines and home to many of the world’s favourite stories and best-loved authors and illustrators and characters including: Thomas & Friends, Disney Princess, Disney Frozen, Star Wars™, LEGO®, Teletubbies, Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton, Julia Donaldson, Lemony Snicket, Michael Grant, Andy Stanton, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tintin, Mr Men, Stampy Cat and Minecraft.
Alison has worked in the media and publishing industry for over 30 years and with research as a creator, analyst and end user. Through her extensive research, and as a parent herself, Alison has a real insight into the challenges facing reading.
Her research programme at Egmont includes: ‘Reading Street’, a longitudinal study investigating children’s reading and the environment in which they grow up to understand what it takes to inspire them to read for pleasure, a consumer segmentation study sizing the children’s book and magazine market and identifying the motivations and aspirations of parents in regard to their children’s reading for pleasure, ‘Print Matters’, an exploration into parents’ and children’s responses to reading children’s books, including print books, eBooks, apps and magazines and most recently ‘Print Matters More’, a ground-breaking study that turned reluctant readers into enthusiasts in just 6 weeks.
Alison is also author of ‘Help Your Child Love Reading,’ a practical guide-book for parents, to help them inspire their children to read for pleasure.
Hachette Book Group
Dominic joined Hachette UK in 2012. In addition to overseeing digital projects and backlist publishing initiatives for Hodder & Stoughton, Dominic and his team are responsible for audio publishing across Hodder, Headline, John Murray Press and Quercus.
Penguin Random House
Yvonne has worked at Ebury Publishing (a division of Penguin Random House) for the past 7 years, starting as an Editorial Assistant at Virgin Books and WH Allen (where she worked with authors including Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson), before moving across to BBC Books in 2015. As Commissioning Editor for the BBC Books list, it’s her job to look for publishing opportunities across the BBC – from TV and Radio tie-in publishing for shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Woman’s Hour – to standalone books with BBC talent, such as Reggie Yates. Originally from Ireland, she received an MA in Publishing from UCL in 2009.
Nielsen Book International
Hazel Kenyon is Director of the UK Book Research business. She started with Nielsen Book in 2009 and since then has worked with most UK publishers during her time as an Account Manager and then as Head of the Account management team. She is now responsible for all UK client relationships in publishing, retail and media across all the research products measuring changes in print, digital and consumer behaviour.
Hazel started her career as a Space Physicist, working in industry and academia and her PhD analysed particle data from the Cassini spacecraft during its grand tour of Saturn.
Bluebird Works Ltd
Heather has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry working her way up from controller to senior management positions at Penguin and Harper Collins. She is passionate about the industry and runs a consultancy that helps publishers to improve their workflows and buying strategy. She also teaches them the art of production, both in house and via the Publishing MA at UCL where she runs the Production and Ops module.
She works directly with authors helping them understand the industry and produce high quality books, running publishing and authorpreneurship courses and workshops alongside the consultancy.
Samantha J. Rayner
Sam teaches and writes on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. She has also taught extensively on English Literature courses and has specialisms in Medieval and Arthurian texts.
Byte the Book
In 2012 Justine Solomons founded Byte the Book, a membership organisation for authors, agents, publishers and those connected with the book industry. The network is focused on helping its members meet each other, connect with other industries and learn about the latest developments in technology.
Justine has over twenty years expertise in technology and business development to the publishing industry, speaking at conferences, chairing panels and providing consultancy to a broad range of clients in the industry.
Hachette Book Group
Ben Summers is senior designer at Hachette. He has seven years’ experience designing covers for Hodder, Sceptre, John Murray and Macmillan. He has been nominated for various prizes, and in 2016 he won an Academy of British Cover Design award. In an increasingly competitive market that requires designers to consolidate creativity with sales demands, Ben has developed a versatile approach to design, working alongside editors to make books that will work as well on the shelf as they will as a 3cm thumbnail.
Diamond, Kahn and Woods
Bryony Woods is a Co-founder and Director at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. She has worked with top publishers both in the UK and abroad, and now represents an eclectic mix of talented writers whose work ranges from quirky children’s fiction through to YA and adult fiction and non-fiction. Prior to DKW, she worked at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, and spent several years working in specialist bookshops and libraries.
Bryony has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in English Literature from the University of Reading. She previously volunteered as University Liaison Officer for the Society of Young Publishers, where she visited universities across the UK giving talks and workshops to help graduates break into the publishing industry. Bryony was selected by The Bookseller as one of their Rising Stars of 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016.
Penguin Random House
Chris works in the sales department at Penguin Random House heading up the WHS High Street account for all of their adult publishing. He has been in the publishing industry for the last five years, during which time he has worked in multiple divisions at PRH and has worked with a large variety of brand authors including Dan Brown, Jamie Oliver and the Roald Dahl estate. Previously Chris worked for 10 years in sales roles within the national newspaper industry.