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Talking through my hat

John Pettigrew

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Talking through my hat

Talking through my hat

John Pettigrew

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This podcast explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs, and you can subscribe to this podcast at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter as @john_pettigrew. The podcast is on hiatus for a few months from Easter 2019 but we'll be back later in the year with more great people!

Latest Episodes

Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

For episode 50, I've put together a compilation of some of our best bits about why people set up a publishing business, whether they'd lost a previous job, were frustrated with how the industry works, or something else. Extracts are from interviews with Emma Barnes (episode 3), Alison Jones (episode 7), Ken Jones (episode 8), Bec Evans (episode 17), Justo Hidalgo (episode 18), Nancy Roberts (episode 20), Kate Wilson (episode 22), John Bond (episode 28) and Dominique Raccah (episode 29).

24 MIN2019 APR 16
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Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

Hugh McGuire helped found theRebus Foundation (reb.us), Librivox (librivox.org) and Pressbooks (pressbooks.com), & he's been trying to bring the world of the book together with the world of the web since 2005. We talk about the idealism that led to (and fed from) his founding of Librivox, and how later experiences differed. Also, how for-profit and not-for-profit organisations differ, and the support mechanisms that a 'vision' person like Hugh needs to put in place to ensure that things actually get done!

30 MIN2019 APR 9
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Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

Miral Sattar is CEO and Founder ofLearnSelfPublishingFastandof Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted editors, designers, marketers and more. She's worked in the media industries for 11 years, including launching several digital initiatives at Time. We discuss how initial business ideas change when they encounter customers, how to learn what your customers actually want, and the excitement of working in an industry that's going through huge changes.

29 MIN2019 APR 2
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Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

Emmanuel Kolade is founder of Shulph, a book-tech company focussed on multi-format reading experiences. He spent the past 17 years specialising in human-centred design for digital products, including leading PwC's digital experience and working for a wide range of other businesses. We talk about the experiences that drove him to found Shulph, the ways books and book-buying will evolve in the next few years, and the balance between building a business for revenue and building a business for users.

31 MIN2019 MAR 26
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Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

Sebastian Posth is a serial entrepreneur and consultant for the publishing industry, with a focus on digital publishing and innovation, transforming these new technologies into useful products, services or tools for the publishing industry. We talk about his journey from studying German Literature to publishing technology, including the crucial role that a photocopier played. Also, digital sales and distribution, adopting new technologies, and balancing new stuff with maintaining your existing business.

29 MIN2019 MAR 19
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From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

Helen Bagnall is co-founder of Salon London and the Transmission Prize, and also Director of the Also Festival of ideas. Before all that, she worked as a writer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, looking after characters across a range of platforms. We talk about spending time with new ideas and in nature, and how ideas across science, philosophy and culture are important if you want to be truly creative. Because the team work on ideas every day, they are continually reassessing how they work and live.

30 MIN2019 MAR 12
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Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

Keeping a broad focus (Lorraine Shanley interview)

Lorraine Shanley is co-founder and President of Market Partners International, and before that worked at B&N, Book of the Month Club and HarperCollins, and now also serves on the Advisory Board of NYU's Publishing Program, and for five years chaired the Launch Kids Media conference at Digital Book World. We talk about how MPI grew into the shape it did, and how they introduced Jeff Bezos to bookselling. Often, expertise lies in knowing who to ask questions of, rather than necessarily in knowing the answers.

29 MIN2019 MAR 5
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Keeping a broad focus (Lorraine Shanley interview)

Following the river (Richard Nash interview)

Richard Nash has run Soft Skull Press, helped lead Small Demons and Byliner, & founded Cursor, a shared US publishing office for international indie publishers. He also coaches artists, writers and entrepreneurs. Along the way, he's learned a lot about learning, and been driven by a desire to do new things - or, sometimes, to do an old thing in a new and sensible way. And he's also found that there are times in life when things bounce and splash around, and others when the way broadens and becomes calmer.

34 MIN2019 FEB 26
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Following the river (Richard Nash interview)

Finding new voices (Kevin Duffy interview)

Kevin Duffy is co-founder of Bluemoose Books, which aims to publish new, exciting voices & has sold books in 82 countries, plus TV & film rights. He founded the Northern Fiction Alliance, and is an author in his own right. Kevin shares how Bluemoose arose from his bile and anger with the big publishing houses, and that, f literature is about anything, it's about finding new voices & talent. The Northern Fiction Alliance gives "regional publishers" (a term he hates) a voice against the London establishment.

35 MIN2019 FEB 19
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Finding new voices (Kevin Duffy interview)

Growing open literature (Sean Preston interview)

Sean Preston is the founder of short-fiction platform Open Pen, which has been described as “More like a shot of absinthe than a boring pint of lager.” He's a proud East Londoner, an ex-pro wrestler, a full-time thing-maker at a South London record label, and an occasional writer. We talk about the deliberately analogue, hard-copy approach that Sean took and the motivations behind that. Also, how Sean has kept a free print magazine going for a decade, and how that relates to their live events and now bo

33 MIN2019 FEB 12
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Growing open literature (Sean Preston interview)

Latest Episodes

Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

For episode 50, I've put together a compilation of some of our best bits about why people set up a publishing business, whether they'd lost a previous job, were frustrated with how the industry works, or something else. Extracts are from interviews with Emma Barnes (episode 3), Alison Jones (episode 7), Ken Jones (episode 8), Bec Evans (episode 17), Justo Hidalgo (episode 18), Nancy Roberts (episode 20), Kate Wilson (episode 22), John Bond (episode 28) and Dominique Raccah (episode 29).

24 MIN2019 APR 16
Comments
Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

Hugh McGuire helped found theRebus Foundation (reb.us), Librivox (librivox.org) and Pressbooks (pressbooks.com), & he's been trying to bring the world of the book together with the world of the web since 2005. We talk about the idealism that led to (and fed from) his founding of Librivox, and how later experiences differed. Also, how for-profit and not-for-profit organisations differ, and the support mechanisms that a 'vision' person like Hugh needs to put in place to ensure that things actually get done!

30 MIN2019 APR 9
Comments
Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

Miral Sattar is CEO and Founder ofLearnSelfPublishingFastandof Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted editors, designers, marketers and more. She's worked in the media industries for 11 years, including launching several digital initiatives at Time. We discuss how initial business ideas change when they encounter customers, how to learn what your customers actually want, and the excitement of working in an industry that's going through huge changes.

29 MIN2019 APR 2
Comments
Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

Emmanuel Kolade is founder of Shulph, a book-tech company focussed on multi-format reading experiences. He spent the past 17 years specialising in human-centred design for digital products, including leading PwC's digital experience and working for a wide range of other businesses. We talk about the experiences that drove him to found Shulph, the ways books and book-buying will evolve in the next few years, and the balance between building a business for revenue and building a business for users.

31 MIN2019 MAR 26
Comments
Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

Sebastian Posth is a serial entrepreneur and consultant for the publishing industry, with a focus on digital publishing and innovation, transforming these new technologies into useful products, services or tools for the publishing industry. We talk about his journey from studying German Literature to publishing technology, including the crucial role that a photocopier played. Also, digital sales and distribution, adopting new technologies, and balancing new stuff with maintaining your existing business.

29 MIN2019 MAR 19
Comments
From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

Helen Bagnall is co-founder of Salon London and the Transmission Prize, and also Director of the Also Festival of ideas. Before all that, she worked as a writer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, looking after characters across a range of platforms. We talk about spending time with new ideas and in nature, and how ideas across science, philosophy and culture are important if you want to be truly creative. Because the team work on ideas every day, they are continually reassessing how they work and live.

30 MIN2019 MAR 12
Comments
Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

Keeping a broad focus (Lorraine Shanley interview)

Lorraine Shanley is co-founder and President of Market Partners International, and before that worked at B&N, Book of the Month Club and HarperCollins, and now also serves on the Advisory Board of NYU's Publishing Program, and for five years chaired the Launch Kids Media conference at Digital Book World. We talk about how MPI grew into the shape it did, and how they introduced Jeff Bezos to bookselling. Often, expertise lies in knowing who to ask questions of, rather than necessarily in knowing the answers.

29 MIN2019 MAR 5
Comments
Keeping a broad focus (Lorraine Shanley interview)

Following the river (Richard Nash interview)

Richard Nash has run Soft Skull Press, helped lead Small Demons and Byliner, & founded Cursor, a shared US publishing office for international indie publishers. He also coaches artists, writers and entrepreneurs. Along the way, he's learned a lot about learning, and been driven by a desire to do new things - or, sometimes, to do an old thing in a new and sensible way. And he's also found that there are times in life when things bounce and splash around, and others when the way broadens and becomes calmer.

34 MIN2019 FEB 26
Comments
Following the river (Richard Nash interview)

Finding new voices (Kevin Duffy interview)

Kevin Duffy is co-founder of Bluemoose Books, which aims to publish new, exciting voices & has sold books in 82 countries, plus TV & film rights. He founded the Northern Fiction Alliance, and is an author in his own right. Kevin shares how Bluemoose arose from his bile and anger with the big publishing houses, and that, f literature is about anything, it's about finding new voices & talent. The Northern Fiction Alliance gives "regional publishers" (a term he hates) a voice against the London establishment.

35 MIN2019 FEB 19
Comments
Finding new voices (Kevin Duffy interview)

Growing open literature (Sean Preston interview)

Sean Preston is the founder of short-fiction platform Open Pen, which has been described as “More like a shot of absinthe than a boring pint of lager.” He's a proud East Londoner, an ex-pro wrestler, a full-time thing-maker at a South London record label, and an occasional writer. We talk about the deliberately analogue, hard-copy approach that Sean took and the motivations behind that. Also, how Sean has kept a free print magazine going for a decade, and how that relates to their live events and now bo

33 MIN2019 FEB 12
Comments
Growing open literature (Sean Preston interview)
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