About us


We are a creative events and marketing agency, specialising in the publishing industry. We combine experience, energy and enthusiasm to create outstanding events and unrivalled marketing campaigns, both on short and longer term projects.
We are publishing people and we pride ourselves on adding value to your business.

Laura Summers

EVENT MANAGEMENT, DIGITAL MARKETING, DIGITAL PUBLISHING, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Laura Summers has organized over 100 events since BookMachine started six years ago – from book launches, to celebratory events for trade publishers; from academic conferences and unconferences to basement bars. She co-instigated the popular BookMachine site which now gets around 14,000 monthly views from industry professionals. Laura has a CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing and quite a list of publishing awards to her name.

SUZANNE KAVANAGH

STRATEGIC MARKETING AND SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, BRAND MANAGEMENT, EVENTS PROGRAMMING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Suzanne Kavanagh is an IDM-qualified strategic marketer who has implemented new marketing systems and led numerous institutional campaigns. With 25 years’ publishing experience, she has extensive team management and business development experience. Suzanne is passionate about community engagement and has a wide industry network in scholarly and academic publishing. She has overseen the development of training courses, seminars and webinars while at ALPSP, and worked with the editorial board to develop the BookMachine Unplugged event series.

NICOLA SLAVIN

COPY-WRITING, COPY EDITING, DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT MARKETING, WEBSITE LAUNCH MANAGEMENT, WEBSITE MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Nicola Slavin is a CIM-qualified and award-winning copy-writer and digital marketer. She has many years experience working with and for a host of high-profile brands across publishing and in other industries, including Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, Puffin Books, King’s Cross Residential and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group.

Kaz Harrison

COPY-WRITING, DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT MARKETING, WEBSITE MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, AMAZON EXPERT
Kaz Harrison is a digital sales specialist with over 13 years' experience in publishing, managing online sales channels for print and digital books, and creating and managing consumer marketing campaigns. She started her career at HarperCollins, then moved onto newly launched Head of Zeus as Marketing & Digital Sales Director before deciding to go freelance and work across the trade. At Head of Zeus she had sole responsibly for the ebook accounts and grew their sales at an impressive rate year on year, helping launch the careers of many bestselling authors, including Nadine Dorries and Amanda Prowse. Since then she has been helping publishers large and small with everything from metadata audits to delivering campaigns that have achieved Sunday Times and ebook top 10 bestsellers.

Bea Long

COPY-WRITING, COPY EDITING, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, PUBLICITY, VIDEO CONTENT
Bea Long is an expert marketer with impeccable copy-writing skills; and a whole host of successful marketing campaigns under her belt. At Hodder & Stoughton she implemented campaigns for numerous Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, by authors including David Mitchell; John Grisham; James Bowen (A Street Cat Named Bob); Olly Murs and Mick Fleetwood.

SARAH RICHARDSON

PROJECT MANAGEMENT, WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT, DIGITAL PUBLISHING, EVENT MANAGEMENT, EDITING, SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING, COPY-WRITING
We are thrilled to have Sarah Richardson on-board as project manager. Sarah works with Laura, Bea , Nicola and Suzanne to make sure everything happens on time, to budget and keeps us smiling whilst all the plates are spinning! She has also worked on an enviable list of top children’s brands both as an editor and project manager.

CLAIRE MAXWELL

Event Management, PR campaigns - national newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, Press Releases, News Writing, Social Media Management
Claire is an experienced publicist and former journalist. Having worked at some of the UK's leading publishing houses including Canongate Books, Claire has implemented PR campaigns that have seen titles rocket up the bestsellers charts. She was the publicist behind the campaign for the Sunday Times Bestselling How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, and has worked on a huge variety of books and projects. She can offer complete and tailored frontlist campaigns as well as event and social media management.

Lottie Hazell

COPY-WRITING, DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, VIDEO CONTENT, MARKETING CREATIVE
Lottie Hazell is an enthusiastic and highly skilled creative marketer. She has outstanding campaign planning and content creation skills and spent over 3 years in-house at Penguin Random House. The quality of Lottie's creative is impeccable and she has varied experiences creating video, GIFs, photography, email newsletters, website features and more both in-house and on a freelance basis. Lottie's speciality is food. At Penguin Random House she implemented campaigns for numerous Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers including Blue Planet II, Ottolenghi SIMPLE and Mary Berry's Quick Cooking'.

Abby Coften

DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Abby Coften is a CIM-qualified digital marketer and trainer with over 15 years’ experience leading and implementing successful campaigns for trade and educational publishers including Pearson, Palgrave Macmillan, Hodder and more. Her expertise in particular covers copy writing, paid social media marketing, PPC, SEO and email marketing as well as running a variety of successful digital marketing training courses. She has initiated campaigns for a wide range of high-profile titles and series including BFI Books, The RSC Shakespeare, Teach Yourself Series, Financial Times Business as well as English Language Teaching, Academic and Non-Fiction Consumer bestsellers.

Laura Di Giuseppe

DIGITAL MARKETING, CONTENT MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, PARTNERSHIPS, BRAND MANAGEMENT, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Laura Di Giuseppe is a CIM-qualified marketer with the unique experience of working on three of the UK's most successful publishing brands (J.R.R. Tolkien, Agatha Christie and George R.R. Martin/Game of Thrones). Laura spent 8 years at Harper Collins, developing successful integrated consumer and retail marketing strategies. She is passionate about exploring and creating partnerships to help publishers grow their sales and expand audiences.

Aimee Dewar

WEBSITE MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT, MARKETING CREATIVE
Aimee Dewar specialises in content and design for publishing, marketing and social media. She helps to create engaging, relevant and striking content and imagery which can support any Marketing campaign we are hired to manage. Aimee is currently co-Chair of the SYP (London) and achieved a Distinction in her Publishing MA at The University of Plymouth.

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Testimonials

Laura from BookMachine project managed our stand at the Bologna Bookfair this year, and was great to work with. She's very calm, organised, pragmatic and nothing was too much bother. She managed to co-ordinate two different sets of priorities and a third party, without ever giving the impression that we were all being quite annoying! We'd certainly be very happy to work with Laura again, and certainly recommend her for this sort of project.

Laura and the BookMachine team helped us organise an event to celebrate our 5th birthday this May. They were incredibly efficient, good humoured, communicative and excellent in every way from preparation to delivery. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants to plug into a dynamic marketing and publishing events organisation.

Contact us

+44 (0) 203 040 2298

laura@bookmachine.org

6 Mitre Passage
10th Floor
Greenwich Peninsula
London
SE10 0ER

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