5 minutes with Nick Coveney

5 minutes with Nick Coveney

image14Prior to joining Bonnier Publishing in 2014, Nick worked in a variety of roles at Hodder & Stoughton and was an editor at Hodder Children’s Books. He is now Head of Digital & Social Media at Kings Road Publishing where he is responsible for managing all aspects of digital product development, digital sales, digital marketing, social media and overall digital strategy for all imprints of Kings Road – Templar, Weldon Owen UK, Blink Publishing and Studio Press.

Nick has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA Hons in English from University of Nottingham. He volunteered as Marketing Officer for the Society of Young Publishers. Since joining the industry Nick has worked on a number of best-selling and award-nominated audio and digital products including digitising the How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell and bestselling apps LUCKY – by Professor Green, Alfie Deyes’ Pointless Book, and Pointless Book 2 apps.

In 2014, Nick was selected as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars  and Proxime Accessit of the 2014 Young Stationer’s Prize; in 2016, he was a winner of an inaugural London Book Fair Trailblazer Award.

Twitter @nmjcoveney


1. What was the last book you read?

Morning Star by Pierce Brown which was a fantastic end to his epic Red Rising trilogy – I love its epic scope, incredible detail and life affirming mantra for an oppressed minority overthrowing their genetic hierarchy “Live for more!”

2. Which writer would you have loved to have met – and why?
Maya Angelou for her poetry, indomitable spirit and huge achievements in US politics.

3. What are you watching right now on TV?
I’ve been enjoying the latest series of House of Cards, the new Game of Thrones will be next on my hit list.

4. Tell us what you/your company does in 20 words or fewer?
We publish a diverse range, innovatively; from trendsetting bestsellers like Alfie Deyes’ Pointless Book, to leading authors and illustrators, such as Jonny Duddle, and top entertainment licences such as the Harry Potter Colouring Book.

5. How does social media aid the Publishing industry?
Social media is a crucial tool for publishers not only to communicate directly to consumers but also to gain essential insight about their habits, interests and feelings toward titles. At its best, it can not only help market a title, it can create momentum for consumer ownership, which is when brands get the most back from their social media campaigns.

6. Name your favourite app and why.
If I had to pick just one, it’d be Paper 53 – it’s the perfect marriage of a slick UI, innovative functionality and utility (their Pencil is so good that Apple decided to copy it).

7. What was your first job?
My first job in the industry was working for Jamie Hodder-Williams to rapidly grow and develop the digital and audio publishing across H&S following my Master’s degree at UCL. It was an incredible opportunity, which I relished.

8. Tell us about a passionate interest you have outside the business?
I love pushing myself outside my fitness comfort zone… Mainly by completing “extreme obstacle courses” like Tough Mudder with my friends (there’s the odd puddle to jump through).

9. What do you love about LBF?
The London Book Fair is an international publishing melting pot and a fantastic opportunity to meet with leading industry figures and global disrupters to discuss our businesses and create future opportunities.

10. What has been your most successful piece of business, or contact made, at LBF?
Previously, I bought the rights to some backlist titles by George R. R. Martin following a meeting at the LBF, which will always be a bit of personal favourite… Unsurprisingly, they’ve certainly sold well.

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