BMS Awards: the Christmas season winners in full

The winners were announced at the Book Marketing Society’s meeting held at Hachette’s Carmelite House offices on 17 February for the all-important Christmas season, for campaigns run between September and December 2015.

The Fox and the StarWith getting on for half of all consumer book purchases taking place in the period, many being bought as Christmas gifts, there were some major titles jostling for the Awards. In the Shoestring category (campaigns costing less than £5k), Fleur Clarke and Naomi Berwin of Hodder & Stoughton were awarded Highly-Commended for their campaign for the not-quite SF and originally self-published title The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, while the winner’s laurels went to Ingrid Matts of Particular Books/Penguin for her innovative campaign to promote what become Waterstones’ Book of the year, the beautiful The Fox and the Star by Penguin designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep In the children’s category there was a highly commended for Nicola Way, Hannah Bourne and Catherine Conroy of HarperCollins Children’s Books for their unmissable campaign for Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams as well as one for Natasha Collie, Gemma Rostill and Roisin O’Shea of Penguin’s for their campaign – including the first ever Snapchat book signing – for Zoe Sugg’s second outing, Girl Online: On Tour.  The surprise winner, however, was the campaign by Vicky Photiou at Ladybird for The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (another previously self-published title): ‘pure marketing’ according to the judges.

The Tea Planter's Wife There were also two Highly Commended campaigns in the Adult category, with Bethan Ferguson, Jeska Lyons and Ella Pocock of Quercus impressing the judges with their eye-catching campaign (#showusyourstack) for the surprise Christmas bestseller Norwegian Wood and Clarissa Pabi of Ebury’s campaign for another YouTube phenomenon, The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester.  The winning campaign, however, came from Celeste Ward-Best at Cornerstone, with the Richard & Judy choice The Tea-Planters Wife. Using geo-targeted advertising to drive sales, this became a stand-out bestseller in the crowded Christmas period.


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