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By The Bookollective Team, Feb 14 2018 10:17AM

Alice Crossland is pictured top left with the other writers who attended.
Alice Crossland is pictured top left with the other writers who attended.

Creative agency Bookollective - who manage #TheAuthorHour hashtag on Twitter - held their first offline Meet-Up in London on Monday this week. Following the success of their online platform, author Alice Crossland had the idea of hosting a regular Meet-Up for writers in London, to motivate each other with an hour of dedicated writing time. Commenting after the event at Waterstones Piccadilly, Alice said: "We had a brilliant inaugural Meet-Up in conjunction with #TheAuthorHour. Six of us enjoyed getting down to an hour of serious writing, after enjoying some coffee and book-related chit-chat!" Next month, #TheAuthorHour Meet-Up will be held on Monday 12th March at Waterstones Piccadilly's 5th View Restaurant between 6.30 - 8.30pm and the second Monday of every month thereafter. #TheAuthorHour was launched by Bookollective in 2016 to provide a free weekly forum for publishers, agents, booksellers and authors to promote their books and share writing advice. Anyone who is interested in attending the next London Meet-Up, or hosting a similar event elsewhere, can tweet @Bookollective or @TheAuthorHour

By The Bookollective Team, Jun 30 2017 08:52AM

The sun didn't shine in London on Wednesday evening but the mood at Bookollective's Summer Drinks Party was still Club Tropicana! More than 70 industry movers and shakers joined the ambitious young agency at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road to swap war stories and hear from inspirational speakers such as Librotas book mentor Karen Williams, the savvy editor West Camel of hot-right-now Orenda Books, and DUST author Mark Thompson who gave a heartfelt speech about his bumpy road to publication before signing copies of his debut novel.

But although the brollies were out, the mood was buoyant. Bookollective were celebrating being named in The Bookseller's list of Rising Stars 2017 and thrilled that its raison d'etre – helping authors shine and connecting people in the industry – had been recognised. Co-founder Esther Harris introduced the evening: "Everyone in this room is two things: super creative and super helpful. In this group alone we have Stormzy's illustrator, the 'Amy Whitehouse of poetry, an Amazon Storyteller Award finalist, niche indies, bloggers, mentors and many more. The whole point of Bookollective is that if we provide the opportunity, there is so much talent here that can easily cross-fertilise and help one another. So if you need an introduction to someone, just ask." The event, which was free of charge and open to all, was due to finish at 8pm but guests were still chatting at 10pm. Anna Burtt, Rights Manager at RedDoor Publishing commented: "Everyone is really buzzing and engaged. Huge thanks to the Bookollective team for a great event!"

Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller said this week of the Bookollective team:

"A key part of The Bookseller's Rising Stars is identifying people who are thinking about new ways and different business models to respond to the book trade's rapid changes. Bookollective does this in spades and in a short time have carved out a much-needed niche with Aimee's, Esther's and Helen's blend of experience, savvy and formidable talent."

The party was supported by Books Are My Bag, with publishers Harper Impulse, Bloomsbury Publishing, Orenda Books, Bonnier Zaffre and No Exit Press all generously supplying books for a complimentary goody bag.

Twitter has been buzzing post event:

@WaterstonesTCR - 'The champagne has popped for the Bookollective summer party, feat. a signing with Mark Thompson!'

@HarperImpulse - 'We had a BLAST at the Bookollective summer party last night!'

@OrendaBooks - 'So pleased to be able to contribute to fabulous event!'

@West_Camel - 'Thanks to the Bookollective trio for a great evening.'

@AbbieHeadon - 'Mr West Camel talking about the one and only Karen @OrendaBooks Sullivan, Queen of all Noirs and all-round lovely person.'

@mbennett_author - 'Lovely summer party Bookollective. The book treasure was such a treat. It was great to meet and hear about folks' book stories, so thank you!'

@Sarah_Swan2 - 'Awesome evening, networking with #publishers, #bloggers, #authors, #agents. Thanks @Bookollective! LOVE the goody bag! What a book haul!'

@amcrossland1 - 'Wow got the most amazing haul of #summerreading at last night's Bookollective event, thanks so much for a fab evening!'

@bookstothesky - 'Bibliopique: When you've been given a big pile of books & all you want to do is binge read but you have to work.'

@nicola_cyoung - 'Thanks Bookollective for an informative evening of networking. Head is spinning with #bookpr ideas now.'

@thumbingpages - 'Had such a great time last night at the @Bookollective event! Love the tote bag and books as well.'

@BlackDoorPress - 'Thanks for another great event last night! Informative and inspirational as usual. See you at the next one!'

The next Bookollective event will be held in September and a date will be announced shortly via Twitter @Bookollective and www.bookollective.com/events

By The Bookollective Team, Jun 22 2017 02:08PM

The Notting Hill Bookshop in London played host to the launch of the debut novel from mummy blogger Isabella Davidson. The ultra-competitive world of Supermums - super-rich, super-beautiful and super-mean - is explored in her satirical novel, The Beta Mum: Adventures in Alpha Land, published by SilverWood Books.

The guest list saw yummy mummies and popular writers in attendance, including Davidson’s editor Donna Hillyer, acclaimed novelist Shelley Weiner, film producers and writers Natalie Beer and Eliza Schroeder, Instagram star Smart Fashionista, mummy blogger Karin Thyselius-Schumacher and Mama Life Magazine founder Mel Mehmet. It was a hot summer evening so people spilled out on to the streets of West London, sipping Champagne and nibbling on Chika’s nuts (made famous by the BBC television programme Dragon’s Den).

Davidson who tweets under the handle @NHYummyMummy said: “The response to my book has been incredible, both online and offline. There was a long queue for my book signing and sadly I didn’t have time to sign everyone’s book, but I want to thank my loyal fan base for their continued support. It was really overwhelming.”

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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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