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Bookollective's Esther Harris nominated for WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards 2019

By The Bookollective Team, May 14 2019 07:30PM

WeAreTheCity shines the spotlight on 200 remarkable women as part of their Rising Star Awards shortlist. The Rising Star Awards, now in their fifth year, are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these awards, we will celebrate 100 individual female contributors that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. The shortlist for 2019 has just been announced and we are thrilled that our very own Esther Harris is on it!

Esther said: "I am so proud to have made the shortlist for Rising Stars We Are The City in the PR and Communications category. I am lucky to be part of a strong, all female team at Bookollective and thrilled to have been recognised for something that we love to do instinctively; support women in telling their stories, help polish their raw talent and find a way into the publishing sector."

Lorraine Candy, Luxury Content Director of The Sunday Times, said “The Times and The Sunday Times are thrilled to once again support this year’s Rising Star Awards. With gender politics and female empowerment dominating our headlines, supporting women in the workplace remains important to our readers, as well as an important strand of the journalism we create. We believe that by raising up those at lower levels, we are creating tomorrow’s leaders and these awards’ help shine a spotlight on the tremendous work being achieved in the female pipeline. We look forward to celebrating the brilliant female talent that this year’s awards will discover.”

Vanessa Vallely OBE, Founder of WeAreTheCity, said, “The calibre of entries this year has been truly exceptional. Every one of these women should be extremely proud of their achievements. They are key contributors to their industries and outstanding role models. I wish them the very best of luck in the final round of judging. I am so excited to meet our shortlisted individuals in July at our prestigious awards ceremony.”

You can vote for Esther by clicking here https://risingstars.wearethecity.com/rising-stars-shortlist-2019/full-shortlist/

For more information email esther@bookollective.com

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Favourite book:

To Kill A Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee


Best tip for authors:

Tell me your life story. It's the personal ups and downs and how you've overcome them that sometimes help us pitch you and the book.


Publishing career highlight:

My first byline in The Mirror and ghost writing a newspaper feature for a client that saw her get a phone call from the Defence Secretary saying how impressed he was.


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Favourite book:

Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen


Best tip for authors:

Good design is good business; it builds your brand and conveys professionalism. As an author, your book is your business; don't let your hard work down with poor presentation.


Publishing career highlight:

Getting my first award for cover design! It's always an amazing feeling when you're acknowledged for doing something you love.




Favourite book:

The Tiger Who Came

to Tea by Judith Kerr


Best tip for authors:

You are unique and so is your book, so create a unique publicity campaign that suits you. Most importantly, don’t quit - I always tell my authors that writing their book is actually the ‘easy’ bit, promotion takes patience and determination.


Publishing career highlight:

I was proud to be selected as a finalist in the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards for one of my paperback non-fiction campaigns, but my career highlight has to be winning the title of Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards.

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