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