About us

The Book Marketing Society was launched in November 2004 with the objective of becoming the representative body of marketing within the book industry. As such, it champions marketing professionalism with the ultimate goal of expanding the UK book market. Anyone who works for a book publisher, book retailer or book wholesaler is eligible for membership, including those working in associated areas of the publishing and book retailing industry.

The BMS can help deliver:

  • collaborative projects
  • networking opportunities
  • a forum to debate industry initiatives
  • a briefing centre with news on trends and marketing technology
  • career opportunities
  • a higher profile for marketing within the book industry, through awards, events and market research



Membership of the BMS offers:

  • regular discussions with colleagues in the book industry on marketing issues
  • access to exclusive market research
  • top-level marketing insights from other industries
  • eligibility to submit your campaigns for the BMS Marketing Campaign Awards (Seasonal and Annual)

For more on benefits and subscribing as a member see our BMS Membership page.

If you would like to submit an entry to the BMS Seasonal Awards, please click here.


The BMS is managed by a committee:

  • Miranda McKearney (Chair)
  • Jo Henry (Managing Director, BMS)
  • Jon Slack (Executive Director, BMS)
  • Alastair Giles (Secretary, BMS)
  • Lucy Upton (Hachette Children’s)
  • Matt Haslum (Faber)
  • Rebecca Ikin (Penguin Random House)
  • Sam Missingham (HarperCollins UK)


For membership enquiries please write to jon.slack@nielsen.com

General enquiries can be made via our contact form.