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"The combination of deep publishing knowledge and expert coaching that Alison offers makes her a uniquely valuable partner."

Alison Jones, MA, MBA is a coach, content consultant and publisher passionate about supporting people and books that make a difference.

 After a 22-year career in trade and scholarly publishing working with major publishers such as Oxford University Press and Macmillan, during which she pioneered digital publishing with platforms such as Palgrave Connect, she set up Alison Jones Business Services and the Practical Inspiration Publishing imprint in 2014, providing coaching, content consultancy and publishing services to SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Alison also offers executive coaching and consulting services to the traditional publishing sector, particularly in the areas of digital publishing, business models and innovation-readiness. She combines strategic thinking, expertise at the highest level of traditional publishing and in emerging publishing services models, and training and experience as a coach dedicated to bringing out the best in others.

She writes a monthly Digital Digest for the Independent Publishers Guild, and is a member of the Publishing for Digital Minds advisory board, an affiliate associate with Maverick Publishing Services, an associate with training and creative agency Thread at the University of Falmouth, and an associate lecturer with Brookes University, teaching on their MA in Publishing.

executive coaching consultancy training
* CEOs and senior management teams * digital publishing and business models * workshops (eg innovation, content strategy)
* integration with strategic/divisional objectives * innovation-readiness * seminars (eg digital publishing models)
* conflict and performance issues * content strategy * lectures/talks (eg publishing as a service, future of publishing)
* preparing for leadership * strategy for new publishers  * training for new publishers 

 

Testimonials

"The combination of deep publishing knowledge and expert coaching that Alison offers makes her a uniquely valuable partner. She has already been a tremendous help to our publishing organization. Her individual coaching sessions have empowered staff and helped them identify and implement priorities. Meanwhile, her insightful consultancy has been especially useful in honing our digital strategy." - Charles Watkinson, Director, University of Michigan Press

“Alison has been helping us at Manchester University Press achieve the full potential of our backlist. This is being done in a holistic way that takes into account the people in the business as well as our overall strategic goals... The staff have enjoyed her tremendously and we want her back for more!” – Frances Pinter, CEO, Manchester University Press

“Alison recently ran a half-day content marketing workshop for the Books Marketing department at SAGE. Her coaching style worked incredibly well as it encouraged us to come up with our own ideas and solutions which really helped to embed the training. Alison’s applied approach meant that we left the session with real examples that we could continue working on immediately afterwards.

Alison’s publishing experience combined with her knowledge of digital marketing and wider business practice enabled her to shape a workshop that was incredibly valuable to us. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Alison - she delivers well thought-out frameworks for anyone seeking practical solutions.” – Sanphy Thomas, Head of Marketing, SAGE Publications

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