Leah wins Emerging Publisher of the Year Award!

leah_pictureLeah McDowell has won the Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award!

The award is organised by the Saltire Society, which supports the arts and cultural heritage of Scotland. The Awards are heralded as Scotland’s foremost literary awards.

Leah is a graduate of MSc Publishing and joined Floris Books immediately after graduating, where she is now Design and Production Manager. Floris Books won the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award!
http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/index.php

Leah saw off competition from 4 other nominees for this new award, which aims to recognise and encourage the work of an individual in the early stages of their publishing career.

The shortlist of 4 also included another MSc Publishing graduate, Keara Donnachie, Publicity Officer at Sandstone Press.
http://sandstonepress.com/

Executive Director of the Saltire Society Jim Tough said: “This has been another terrific year for the Saltire Literary Awards and an extra special one as we celebrate our 80th anniversary. Every one of the individual book awards were hotly contested, making the judges’ decision a particularly challenging one. The same was also true of this year’s Publisher of the Year Award and – new for this year – the Emerging Publisher of the Year Award.”

“I’m truly delighted to have won this inaugural award which celebrates all the amazing, emerging talent that makes the Scottish publishing industry so rich and lively.”
– Leah McDowell, Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year, 2016

Well done to both our alumni for making the shortlist and congratulations to Leah on her success!

 

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Innovations Book Launch: photos!

This week has seen the launch of the Innovations in Learning and Teaching book and eBook.

The sell-out event was introduced by our Vice-Principal, Professor Alistair Sambell and included a “Voices Behind the Book” panel discussion, a “Blind Date with a Book” in support of Book Aid International, sales of The Glorious Thing in aid of PoppyScotland, a Student Awards Ceremony, and of course lots of food and wine!

We have already been receiving high praise of both the publication and the launch event itself, which was professionally organised and managed by a group of our current students. Meet the team…

Here are some photos of the event for those of you not able to make it (all images copyright Edinburgh Napier University).

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Thanks to everyone who attended, and we hope to see even more of you at our next event!

In the meantime, follow our activity at @EdNapierPublish and @InnovationsENU

 

 

Interview with Video Production

 

Hello Rattler-teers! Book Week Scotland may be wrapping up, but we’re still hard at work with our market research. Today we had a chance to talk to the creative team behind our series of podcasts: Video Production! Watch to find out how they go about bringing you these lovely interviews.

See you soon,

The Social Media Team

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Facebook: @martinrattlerbook

Meet the Events Team

Here is our second blog post for the Innovations in Learning and Teaching Book Launch

The newest project for Edinburgh Napier University MSc Publishing students is to plan, manage, promote, and implement an event that celebrates and launches Merchiston Publishing’s newest book.  We want to share our work and our EVENT with you!

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Kellie, Sarah, Alistair, Hannah & Billy

To bring you up to speed, Edinburgh Napier University presented the Teaching Fellows Conference of 2016 #TFConf16, in January this year.  The most recent conference, and those of prior years, sends academic staff, students and institutions a strong message.  That if you’re involved in teaching or learning then you must also “question, challenge and rethink existing practices” (foreword).

ENU prides itself on engagement with its staff and this makes the conference invaluable by giving them a chance to meet, discuss ideas, and present their work.  All that work is incredibly important because it means that teachers and lecturers are offering the best possible learning environment to their students, and no more so than at Edinburgh Napier University.

This brilliant book not just a chance to more fully understand the principles that guide leading academic practitioners but is also a symbol of commitment from Edinburgh’s community shaping and awarding winning university in order to encourage peer review and to continue to evaluate itself.  It is also a celebration of the hard work and talents of staff and students alike.

The conference became the touch paper for this fantastic project.  This project is what allows us, the most recent intake of Publishing students at ENU, to be part of the Innovations Team and to develop what we learn as pupils and to bring it to a wider audience.

We’ll be talking more about the contributors and editors of the book, as well as our event preparation, in the days running up to the launch but for now, let’s introduce the current MSc Publishing team and the tasks they’re responsible for.

Communications Team

Natalie, Claire, and Sarah are the Communications Team – if you’ve had an email about Innovations in Learning and Teaching, it was probably from us!  We are in charge of making sure everybody is up to speed with what’s going on with the project, as well as sending out those all-important invitations.  It’s a role that requires patience, friendliness, and consummate professionalism.

Highlights of the course so far have been acquiring practical experience with a live project, developing our problem – solving skills, and getting to talk to experienced people in the industry.

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Sarah

Social Media Team

The Social Media Team, made up of Connor, Alistair, and Catherine (your honoured blog poster), are responsible for all content going out on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  We manage the event pages on Facebook and Eventbrite as well as doing other tasks like blog posting on our associated Publishing by Degrees websites.  We also support all our lovely classmates in the other teams, including other promotional copy like press releases, email templates and photo editing.

This role has meant that all three of us have immersed ourselves in the world of digital communications and learnt how that affects modern marketing in the publishing sector.  It also means that we get to engage on a really personal level with everyone interested in the book and our endeavours.  The course’s Creative Toolkit class – using Adobe Creative Suite and learning about book design and production is brilliant fun and the skills we’re learning are invaluable.

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Alistair

Marketing & Research Team

As the project research team, Kellie, Catriona and Merrily have been busy gathering additional information for the rest of the team to utilise.  For the most part, this has involved collating information about the editors and contributors of the volume, researching who might be interested in attending the event, and looking at how we can expand the reach of the book itself.

We are most proud of our beautiful project spreadsheet that incorporates invitees, press, bloggers and other organisations.  The aim of this document is to provide an efficient and unified system for the communications and events teams to use in getting the word out about the book and the launch, and in administrating the event itself.

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Kellie

Design Team

The project’s design team comprises Hannah, Ellen, and Billy.  Fascinated by colourful, memorable and effective graphic design, we are responsible for creating and managing all promotional materials and merchandise for the launch of Innovations in Learning and Teaching.  We have also undertaken product photography to capture the quality of the physical product for further content to be used by the social media team.

We are enjoying the challenge of the project and the MSc Publishing course in creating striking content and applying our creativity whilst expanding our skill-set.

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Hannah

Events Logistics Team

The Events Team are proud to be managing the logistics and layout of the Innovations in Learning and Teaching book launch.  Our team is made up of Amy, April, and Joanna. However, we have also been collaborating closely with members of other teams to make sure our event is smooth sailing.  Since booking the venue, Amy and Joanna have been leading hospitality for the event arranging everything from budgets to cheeseboards and wine.  Meanwhile, April and Merrily, from the Marketing & Research team, have been programming and organising the event activities.

We are incredibly passionate about this project and cannot wait to see everyone on the night!

Project Management Team

We are Helen, Jackie and Ann, the project managers for the Innovations in Learning and Teaching Launch.  We have a fantastic project team, making our roles as project managers less about overseeing the flow of the project and more about making sure our fellow team members have what they need to succeed.  We have picked up roles dealing with the financial aspects of the launch as well as handling the audio/visual details for the project.

We have really enjoyed being able to learn and utilise these new-found skills in working with this event as well as the MSc Publishing course as a whole, and look forward to seeing how they’ll benefit us in the future.

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Helen & Ann

Now that you’ve met the team, hang fire for the next update on the ins and outs of what we’ve been up to for the past 12 weeks in order to make this great event happen.  We knew instantly that we wanted to honour the efforts of those involving in the writing, editing, production, and publishing of Merchiston Publishing’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning and we look forward to bringing you our event.

If you would like to attend the Innovations in Teaching and Learning book launch then you can access tickets here.  The event will be on 30th November, Room B32, Merchiston Campus, Edinburgh.  They’re free but limited so hurry!  Everyone is welcome.

(Photography courtesy of Hannah Killoh & Ellen Desmond)

Innovations in Learning and Teaching

Merchiston Publishing will be hosting the book launch for Innovations in Learning and Teaching, edited by Christine Penman and Dr Monika Foster.

The event will take place between 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday 30 November at Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus (B32). The evening will feature drinks reception, panel discussions and student award ceremony. If you would like to join us, please click on the Innovations in Learning and Teaching RSVP link.

Innovations in Learning and Teaching showcases the latest research and new teaching approaches in higher education. The editors worked closely with MSc Publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University to produce this book that exemplifies real innovation and integrates academic theory with practice. Some photos of the newly published title are below.

The current MSc Publishing students have been continuing the work of last year’s class on the promotion of this unique title, culminating with an exciting launch next week. Working closely with the esteemed contributors and editors, the launch will celebrate the achievements of those involved – past and present.

Innovations in Learning and Teaching RSVP

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Meet the Martin Rattler Project Manager

Hello Rattler-teers!

Next up in our series of video podcasts is an interview with Claire, who is managing the whole Martin Rattler market research project. Expect insights into project management, the postgraduate publishing experience, and manatees!

See you soon,
Social Media Team

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Twitter: @Martin_Rattler

Interview with Social Media Manager

Hello Rattler-teers!

Our video production crew have been busy interviewing each of the team managers to talk about what we’re all up to.

First up is Social Media, and team manager Jenna sat down to chat about our projects and her favourite rainforest animal!

See you soon,
Social Media Team

Facebook: @martinrattlerbook
Twitter: @Martin_Rattler