Our Team

Justine Solomons

Justine is recognised as an expert on publishing in the digital age and in 2012 she founded Byte The Book. She’s a popular and engaging speaker at conferences around the world and is particularly interested in publishing today and also business networking. Justine also consults to various technology companies operating in the media sector on business development, content acquisition and strategic partnerships, and has built up an enormous network of authors, publishers, technologists and investors working in this space.

Prior to Byte The Book, Justine worked for nine years at Softwire,a bespoke software development house, and ran their business development team, her clients included The BBC, Penguin Random House, Cambridge University Press, Lonely Planet, Microsoft and The Telegraph Media Group. Justine is also a published author of short stories. She's written a list of every book she's read since 1995 and keeps it updated on our site here. You can contact Justine via justine@bytethebook.com

Michael Kowalski 

Michael is a creative technologist who has spent the last couple of decades designing and developing systems for creating and publishing interactive content. He is currently the Product Director at Tortoise; runs his own augmented reality experiments through Storienteer; and is programming Byte the Book's Confluence on storytelling & technology to take place at Google's Academy London on 12 February 2021. You can contact Michael via


Erin L. Cox

Erin L. Cox began her career in book publishing in 1999
in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Former President George H. W. Bush, Kathy Reichs, and Al Roker, and critically-acclaimed writers Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, Maile Meloy, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In addition to creating and implementing traditional book campaigns, Erin also worked on the publicity team responsible for publicity and publishing initiatives for early ebooks, Riding the Bullet by Stephen King and Glimmers by Robert Jordan. She went on to work in publicity at HarperCollins and book publishing director at The New Yorker. For the last ten years, Erin has been a literary agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management and a publicity and marketing consultant for international publishing organizations and technology companies in the publishing space. Erin is Director of Byte The Book New York and can be contacted via erin@bytethebook.com.

Chris Russell

Chris is a novelist and rock musician. His debut YA trilogy SONGS ABOUT A GIRL is published by Hodder Children’s and has sold in multiple territories worldwide. Chris has toured across four continents with his band, The Lightyears, performing at Wembley Stadium and Glastonbury Festival, and he draws on these experiences in his writing. He was a WHSmith Zoella Book Club Friend in 2017, and his writing has been described as "terrifyingly truthful" by The Guardian. Chris secured his first ever publishing deal (with digital indie Red Button) directly through Byte The Book. Chris is our writer in residence at Byte The Book and can be contacted via info@bytethebook.com.

Hermione Ireland

Hermione is an experienced marketer, communications director and e-commerce practitioner, with over 20 years spent in publishing, much of it as the Marketing & PR Director at DK where she was responsible for all areas of comms and brand development, and running the website. She’s globally focused and has worked with publishers and other companies around the world. She worked closely with world-class brands like the Harry Potter Franchise, Lego, Eon, Lucasfilm and the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as authors including Mary Berry, Miriam Stoppard, Penelope Leach, Robert Winston, Richard Hammond and Venus and Serena Williams, to name a few. She has won awards for digital and viral campaigns including the DK Quiz (2011 Lovie) and The Future of Publishing.

As well as consulting at Byte The Book Hermione is also currently MD at Academie Du Vin Library. Her recent work as a consultant offering commercial marketing, e-commerce, strategy and business development skills has included clients like Hachette, Harper Collins, Tatty Devine, Movellas and Tourism New Zealand. She is also a trustee of literacy charity Worldreader. She’s passionate about how digital can open up reading and knowledge to new audiences, new formats and new experiences, as well as exploring all of the business models that are now available. She’s also driven by consumer engagement with brands. She loves working with teams and harnessing their energy and enthusiasm.   Hermione attended Stanford’s GSB Summer Executive Program in 2013 where she studied with senior executives from a wide range of industries and from many other countries. She can be contacted via hermione@bytethebook.com.

Anna Pallai

Anna Pallai has over two decades experience in British publishing. She has devised and managed nationwide publicity campaigns for Booker Prize winners, A list celebrities and breakout authors alike.  She is the founder of AMP Literary, a boutique PR and literary agency, and the author of 70s Dinner Party (Square Peg, 2017). She is also running our training courses at Byte The Book.

You can reach on email via anna@ampliterary.co.uk



Stella Calvert-Smith

Stella has over 20 years experience of working in the picture licensing industry and working closely with the major publishing houses, both in the UK and USA. Most recently she was Marketing Executive at a leading fine art picture library Bridgeman Images. She loves literature, anything arts and crafts related, photography, travel, and yoga.. She can be contacted via twitter @stells200 and email at  Stella@bytethebook.com