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 Umbrella Analytics and of Futureproofs (now closed down).
The podcast originally ran from 2018, and includes interviews with a wide range of fascinating people. Sadly, I had to stop because of time pressures but I’m delighted to bring these old episodes back for a new audience (or just a refresher for older listeners!).
Follow me on the Fediverse as @JohnPettigrew@ruby.social, or on Twitter (at time of writing) as @john_pettigrew.
Surviving the workplace (Suzanne Collier interview)
Suzanne Collier (@suzannecollier) of BookCareers entered publishing at 16 from school and has since then chaired the Society for Young Publishers and worked for a range of publishers in a range of jobs. Some changes in personal circumstance led to her setting up her own business, and over the past 20 years, Suzanne’s been instrumental in making the publishing industry a bit more open and honest through exercises like her annual pay survey. And along the way, she’s helped a lot of people with their careers!
In this interview, we look at her history and discuss some of the systemic issues that still afflict the publishing industry, as well as the effects of physical and mental changes - and some of the ways in which people still succeed.
If you’d like to donate to the Book Trade Charity and support Suzanne’s epic 140-mile bike ride, please do so here [link no longer active].
Content warning: contains a brief reference to suicide.
Epiphanies, cultural significance and tech literacy (Emma Barnes interview)
In this first re-published episode, I talk to Emma Barnes, the CEO and Founder of Snowbooks, Bibliocloud, now called Consonance and Make Our Book. We discuss epiphanies, passion for what books can mean, and why everyone should learn at least the basics of computer programming.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
Learn Enough to be Dangerous
Thanks again to Emma for this fascinating conversation!