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Sophie Rochester
Sophie Rochester

Sophie Rochester worked for five years at 4th Estate and Jonathan Cape (Random House) before moving to digital agency GT London in 2000. In 2002 she joined Colman Getty working for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Hay Festival. Since 2007 she has worked as an independent literary consultant and in 2010 founded The Literary Platform (www.theliteraryplatform. com), a website dedicated to exploring new platforms for literature.

Sophie’s Eleven


1. Alight Here:

Alight Here launched in May 2010 and collates poems and images inspired by each of London’s 270 underground stations. Images can be photographs, drawings, paintings, collages. Poems can be haikus or epic. The idea is to capture each stop’s essence and the most interesting submissions are posted on the site. The aim is to publish a book showcasing the winning 270 entries. Lovely project.



James Bridle created Bookkake, a small publisher using new technologies, to bring new life to independent publishing, and Bkkeepr, an attention data service for bibliophiles. He blogs about books and the publishing industry at and his writing is thoughtful and thought-provoking.


3. Creative Review:

Creative Review has been at the forefront of the creative industries for over 30 years. With so many cross-disciplinary projects emerging, it’s vital to be aware of what people are doing in other creative industries. Creative Review is always my first port of call to see the most interesting projects being launched.


4. FutureBook:

Futurebook is The Bookseller’s blog about publishing in the digital age. It has an industry focus and posts a range of comment pieces from people working in and around the book publishing industry.


5. carries literary articles related to its latest issues, but also a wealth of additional material that you won’t find in the magazine – including the latest developments in the literary world, interviews, brand-new short stories and topical commentary – all set in a beautifully designed site.


6. Guardian Books:

The Guardian Books Blog has a great range of contributors and strikes a good balance between covering opinion on the latest publishing sensations and uncovering some lesser-known gems. Insightful and interesting.


7. Richard Nash:

Richard Nash ran Soft Skull Press in the US and left in 2009 to consult on how to reach readers. His latest venture, a start-up called Cursor, is a portfolio of niche social publishing communities, one of which will be called Red Lemonade. Nash’s take on how book publishing will survive in the digital age is always astute and his blog is a must-read for anyone working in publishing.


8. Oak Tree Fine Press:

Oak Tree Fine Press is an independent publisher that specialises in beautifully bound books featuring work by the world’s greatest authors and artists. Recent publications include designer-bound editions of Philip Pullman’s A Outrance and A. S. Byatt’s Possession for the First Chapter Series. All profits from the sales of their books go to organisations assisting children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.


9. The Poetry Archive:

The Poetry Archive is an ever-expanding archive of poets reading their own work, founded by Sir Andrew Motion when he was UK Poet Laureate, and by recording producer, Richard Carrington. It hosts English-language poets reading their own work – some are historic recordings and some have been recorded especially for the archive, which means its range is the widest possible.


10. Redstone Press:

Redstone Press is a shining example of how books should be published. Their books are beautifully designed and flawlessly produced with fantastically original and entertaining content. By far and away my favourite publisher.


11. Wayland Wordsmith:

When tired of London I regularly take myself to the Exe Estuary and read the Wayland Wordsmith blog. In the middle of a frantic day you’re immediately transported to a place of calm – snippets of local literary history, new poems or gentle riverside musings. And breathe...




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