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By The Bookollective Team, Mar 20 2017 10:54AM



Bookollective enjoyed a successful London Book Fair this year, and an equally enjoyable after-party held at Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. We heard talks from authors, professionals and all our guests had the chance to network among the bookshelves.


Join us for our next event in June 2017. A date will be confirmed and invites sent out very soon.


By The Bookollective Team, Jan 23 2017 01:48PM

Whether you need editing, design or PR support, this new one-stop agency for authors and publishers aims to buck the trend for 'impersonal' service providers.



Bookollective is a new one-stop agency for authors, publishers and book industry professionals supplying editing, cover design and publicity services.


"Once upon a time an editor, a designer and a publicist linked up to help the new wave of independent authors and imprints growing in the publishing industry..." says co-founder Esther Harris, the editor in the equation. "We asked ourselves… would this new wave like to work with a team of professionals in a more streamlined and cohesive way? We could provide them with all the quality and imaginative promotional and production services they want – but without the stress and overhead."


The team

Bookollective's three-woman team has a mix of experience from within and without the book world.


Harris has twenty years' experience as a journalist and publicist and regularly achieves editorial coverage for books and authors in places such as The Guardian,The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, BBC Radio 2, The Jeremy Vine Show and more.


Head of digital and design Aimee Coveney has run her own consultancy for years specialising in cover design, website creation and digital media. She is a regular cotributor to publishing sites including the ALLI Self-Publishing blog and in her spare time reviews ARCs for publishers including Harlequin.


On the media and PR side, Helen McCusker started her career in broadcast journalism for the likes of the BBC before launching her own specialist book publicity agency in 2008. She also runs the @TheAuthorHour Twitter community.


What's the gap in the market?

The Bookollective founders believe that their breadth of expertise that makes them unique. "All authors and publishers need design, PR and editing services and they need a quality, friendly team they can rely on and dip into using on an ‘as and when’ basis," Harris explains. "Not many firms offer our breadth and depth of experience within one team so we started Bookollective as a ‘one stop shop’."


Success so far?

Only launched in November, Bookollective is already drawing on its founders' client list to develop a range of proejcts. "Since launch response to our services from both authors and publishers has been extremely positive and it’s been our busiest Christmas in five years," Harris says. "Normally it can be a quiet time of year but not this time! 2017 is looking bright."


Biggest challenges?

Maintaining the culture which is a big part of Bookollective's appeal. "As we grow and take on new members of the team to meet clients’ needs, I think it will be a challenge to find new staff that share our passion," Harris admits. "Having said that, there is so much talent out there in the industry it is just a case of unearthing the gems who are the right fit for Bookollective and can work alongside us. So it’s a challenge to be relished."


Ultimate ambition?

Harris is evangelical about not just what work the team does, but how they do it - especially in an anonymous digital age. "We feel strongly that there are too many ‘impersonal’ service providers out there, and we hope our close knit, caring team offers a feeling of confidence and satisfaction for everyone we work with," she explains. "We’d also like to bring on board more freelancers, connect with the wider writing industry and build Bookollective into an even stronger, friendly book community. Writing is isolating and the industry can be tough to break into – so lets support each other."


Advice to other publishing entrepreneurs?

"'Stick to the knitting' as the saying goes. As long as you are pursuing something you care passionately about, where you can really make a difference, you won’t go too far wrong – but never forget what makes you special. When you are starting up, it’s easy to get swept up in growing a business, meeting new people, new service lines, and so on. So sttick to the knitting!"



By The Bookollective Team, Oct 31 2016 04:14PM

Written by Esther Harris


Once upon a time. When you hear these four words you think Story. Adventure. Sit down, put all other thoughts to one side and let your imagination play…


At Bookollective, these are our favourite four words. They also signify the start of our new adventure together. Experienced freelancers in our own right, Aimee, Helen and I started linking up frequently on projects and at author events and noticed how our services and styles could be complimentary. The publishing industry was changing. Publishers were streamlining and outsourcing roles they’d traditionally done in-house and they were also having to admit; we don’t know it all, there ARE other ways of finding vast amounts of readers around the world. The success of self-published authors such as E L James, Lisa Genova and Hugh Howey made it impossible to deny. Their breakthroughs excited a whole wave of independent authors and publishers, who saw their chance to show their credibility too. Timing is everything and we asked ourselves: why don’t we see if this ‘new wave’ would like to work with a book editor, book designer and book publicist in a more streamlined and cohesive way? We could provide them with all the quality and imaginative promotional services they want – but without the stress and overhead. It turns out they did. Bookollective is the joining of our three narratives and the start of a whole new chapter together.


It’s a really exciting time for us and the response so far has been over-whelmingly positive. We are full of anticipation to bring something new to the world of books at a really interesting time for the sector – as the industry finally REALLY wakes up. We are thrilled to add our talents into the mix. We have an instinctive understanding of how to build an author’s book and brand, and keep it alive long after publication. We look forward to meeting you on our journey.


If you have any questions about our team, our services or would like to discuss working with us, please get in touch or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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Esther

 

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.

bloggers

Our aim for the Bookollective blog is to provide honest and informative articles to help everyone within the industry and book world. Our team will regularly contribute articles, but we will also invite guest bloggers. If you would like to guest blog for us, get in touch via the contact page.

 

You can also find out a little more about our team below!

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Aimee

 

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.

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Helen

 

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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