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Talking through my hat

Talking Through My Hat 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. To avoid missing anything, why not subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter? The podcast is on hiatus from Easter 2019 for a few months, but we'll be back with more great interviews later in the year!

Oct 20, 2020

This year has shown once again how important our teams and business relationships are - and that our needs can change in a heartbeat. Join our panel to discuss questions like:

  • is there such a thing as a career these days, and how do you build one if so?
  • what changes are happening in our workplaces, and how do we make the most of them?
  • how do we address the fact that the publishing business doesn't properly represent our country, communities or readers?
  • what do you do when the unexpected happens?
  • how do you build an effective publishing team, whether you're a member of the team or its manager?

The panel discussion was streamed on YouTube, followed by a live Q&A on Twitter under the event hashtag #TalkingThroughMyHat.

The panel

Nancy Roberts

Nancy is the founder of Umbrella, who use data and technology to overcome corporate bias and provide equality of opportunity at work. She also leads the Technology and Content team at Maverick, providing strategic and operational consultancy to publishers.

Suzanne Collier

Suzanne is THE person to see if you want to get ahead in book publishing. The founder of, she is fully qualified in Career Development and Guidance, a Registered Careers Professional and helps people every day of the year no matter what the career challenge. She provides redundancy support and consultancy for a number of publishers and hosts a weekly bookcareers podcast as well as a job club to support unemployed publishers. Suzanne is a past winner of the Pandora Award and has been shortlisted twice by the Independent Publishers Guild for services to publishing and by the CDI for her work on the bookcareers Salary Survey. Her book How to Job Search in Book Publishing will be published later in the year. She describes her passions as careers, diversity, flowers and Dagenham and Redbridge FC.

John Pettigrew (host)

John Pettigrew (he/him) is a recovering editor and Founder and CEO at We Are Futureproofs, a cloud platform that enables book teams to proofread on-screen effectively for the first time. Futureproofs arose from John's frustration with the tools and workflows that were available to his team, a frustration that led to a business that aims to make all editors' lives better! John wears a hat and spends time on Twitter as @John_Pettigrew.

This session is one of a series of three during this year's virtual Frankfurt Book Fair.