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By The Bookollective Team, Jul 6 2017 02:15PM

Written by Esther Harris


I felt a bit like Charlie Bucket arriving at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as I arrived at the Soho Hotel in London yesterday. The event? The Bookseller Rising Stars Class of 2017 reception. OK, I'm not frighteningly skinny (ahem) and wasn't hand in hand with my Grandfather, but it did feel like I'd won a golden ticket to meet and chat with some of the most passionate and inspirational people in publishing. It was a pleasure to network with fellow Rising Stars such as Ariella Finer at United Agents, Florentyne Martyn at Waterstones, Chris Bone from Hay Festival and Sarah Plow from Jessica Kingsley to name but a few. I was so proud to fly the flag for Bookollective as we took our place among "the industry's up-and-comers, forward-thinking future leaders of the trade" to talk books, books and - yes, you guessed it - more books... :-)


The Rising Stars List is in its seventh year now and its sponsor Redwood Recruitment said that: "Every year it is a joy to work with committed people who are so passionate about what they do." The Bookseller's Tom Tivnan described the class of 2017 as a "remarkable group, selected from more than 300 nominations… ferociously talented about bringing books to the widest possible audiences… the book trade’s future is in good hands.”


Bookollective are honoured to have made it onto this year’s list - less than a year since we launched our fresh, new creative agency. So what made Bookollective stand out to the judges? Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller told us:


"A key part of the 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.”


It was a meltingly hot day in London but a true watershed moment for the Bookollective team - and one which I'll never forget. However, there was no chocolate... but because of surplus afternoon tea, we were each given a goody bag of artisan cakes, which I enjoyed with champagne on the grass at nearby Soho Square. Cheers!


To see the full list of The Bookseller Rising Stars 2017, please visit: http://www.thebookseller.com/rising-stars/2017



By The Bookollective Team, Jun 28 2017 08:25AM


The Bookseller Rising Stars 2017 - backed by the Frankfurt Book Fair and sponsored by Redwood Publishing Recruitment - is an annual list of publishing’s up-and-comers, forward-thinking future leaders of the trade and those long-serving professionals who have changed tack to help revitalise the industry. In this, its seventh year, the class of 2017 have been described as a "remarkable group, selected from more than 300 nominations… ferociously talented and passionate about bringing books to the widest possible audiences… the book trade’s future is in good hands.”


Bookollective are honoured to have made it onto this year’s list - less than a year since we launched our fresh, new creative agency.


So what made Bookollective stand out to the judges? Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller told us:


"A key part of the 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 Bookcollective team are all individuals in their own right, who join forces to perfectly blend their passion and skills. Here’s what being named a Bookseller Rising Star means to us.


Book Designer Aimee Coveney says:


"Being named a Bookseller Rising Star is the icing on the cake of a fabulous first year at Bookollective. The considerable effort myself, Helen and Esther have put in has really paid off with this wonderful recognition. It's lovely to see freelancers acknowledged in this way; we can sometimes be the forgotten heroes of the publishing industry. I will always strive to better myself and pursue a successful future for Bookollective and our clients."


Book Editor Esther Harris says:


"I am beyond thrilled to be named a Bookseller Rising Star. What goes around, comes around and I can't wait to help bring others along in our industry too. Helping new and established authors tell stories is a joy and I consider myself very lucky to do a job I love with two like-minded and supportive ladies.”


Book Publicist Helen McCusker says:


“It’s a huge honour to have made this year’s Bookseller Rising Stars and to be in the company of such a talented shortlist of individuals. Earlier this year we first caught the attention of The Bookseller who awarded us their Start-Up of the Week for bringing a fresh approach to the industry at a time when outsourcing is considered the norm for indie publishers. What I love most is the fact that The Bookseller have warmed to the ‘community’ vibe of Bookollective, by shortlisting us as a collective, rather than as individuals. When people come together, big things can happen and we hope that with this latest award win the biggest achievements for our clients are yet to come!"


The Bookollective team will be toasting their success at their Summer Party on Wednesday 28th June between 6-8pm at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road in London. The event is kindly sponsored by Books Are My Bag, Bloomsbury Publishing, Harper Impulse, No Exit Press, Bonnier and Orenda Books.


To see the full list of The Bookseller Rising Stars 2017, please visit: http://www.thebookseller.com/rising-stars/2017



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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.

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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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