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Bookollective's Esther Harris wins PR & Comms Award

By The Bookollective Team, Jul 5 2019 12:53PM

They are a tiny all female team of three who work with a diverse range of publishing clients - from Zaffre to Pearson to Unicorn, but they are clearly punching above their weight. Co-founder of Bookollective Esther Harris was among the winners in the PR & Communications Category at the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars 2019, sponsored by The Times and Sunday Times, that were announced this Wednesday in London at a glittering and gorgeous ceremony at The Landmark Hotel, London.

WeAreTheCity champions the next generation of female leaders by supporting the pipeline of women forging their way ahead across different sectors. Women from defence, education, creative, PR, banking, tech and finance were all represented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday. There was a joyful atmosphere on the night as hundreds shared stories on how they supported and mentored female colleagues and actively did their bit to encourage equal pay and opportunities across all sectors.

"I am focussed on actively supporting and mentoring other women and I am delighted to win this award," said Esther. "I get a lot of support and encouragement from my co-founders Helen McCusker and Aimee Coveney and I have had great mentors in the past and I enjoy paying it forward. The Publishing and PR sectors are not short of women... but I want to ensure its not all the same type of women who find a way in, stay, get promoted. I just love lifting other women generally. I mean, why wouldn't you?"

The Bookollective team were named among The Bookseller Rising Stars 2017. They also run Literacy Live, a literary festival within a music festival on the South Coast in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Authors such as Women's Prize Shortlisted Yvonne Battle-Fenton, Unbound's Astra Bloom, Nicola Upson, Ana Sampson and many more will all give inspiring and interesting talks to a diverse audience of non bookish and bookish people. And its not all women. Esther said: "We have two men on the programme too!"

For more information on Bookollective visit www.bookollective.com

Literacy Live takes place on 24 and 25 August 2019 https://www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/areas/

WeAreTheCity https://risingstars.wearethecity.com/rising-stars-winners-2019/

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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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