Monday 30th November 2015 @ 30 Euston Square


The Bookseller and FutureBook invite you to our inaugural Author Day.

NEW: Author Day delegates now can apply to for open-submission meetings with editors from Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins, and with agents from Peters, Fraser + Dunlop. Please see this link for more information
NEWOur Author Day 2015 FAQs are here.

Now is the time for authors, publishers and the book trade to come together, share ideas and move from discussion to action. At a time of unprecedented change and promise for authors, our emphasis is on exploring potentially divisive issues— with a goal of common understanding.

Led by a carefully selected roster of talented, skilled, well-placed speakers, Author Day is an exploration and a frank exchange on the challenges facing authors and the industry players who work with them.

Author Day extends a warm welcome to both independent and traditionally published authors, as well as to their agents and publishers.  Key findings from the day will be presented at the FutureBook Conference on Friday 4th December, with messages from the day’s proceedings delivered to the largest digital publishing conference in Europe.

For programme enquiries, please contact our Associate Editor for FutureBook, Porter Anderson (

For general event and booking enquiries, please contact Blake Brooks (

Registrations have now closed.



The Venue

30 Euston Square

Date & Time

Monday 30th November 2015
Doors open 9am

Full Price
Writers: £115
Publishers: £225

All rates exclude 20% VAT. Please see Terms & Conditions for further information.

For group bookings and pricing queries please contact

Three things we believe about Author Day:

1. That ‘traditional,’ and independent publishers and authors can come together to share their strengths and expertise

2. That it is possible to disagree without disrespect

3. That the findings we obtain from Author Day will increase understanding between publishers and authors, create a one-of-a kind dialogue and move the industry as a whole forward

Why Attend?

Engage with your fellow authors and industry associates as we open FutureBook Week


Bridge the divides—between self-publishing and traditional, between the author and the industry, between the creative and the commercial


Make your voice count by engaging directly in the discussion with industry influencers


Contribute to a statement prepared for the FutureBook 2015 Conference


Get away from the desk for a day and help place authors at the centre of the contemporary publishing conversation

Programme Highlights

The State of the Author

Leading speakers from the Society of Authors and the Alliance of Independent Authors set out the challenges faced by writers today, covering fundamental issues such as income, publisher relations, cultivating an audience and new opportunities for progress and growth.

Calls for Author Unity

Jane Steen, a British writer now living in Chicago, joins us to describe the independent author’s bid for balance and respect. She will be joined by Kamila Shamsie, whose appeal for a ‘Year of Publishing Women,’ which hit the headlines earlier this year, saw a traditionally published author issue a bold call to action to the industry.

What Do Authors Need to Know?

As they navigate today’s volatile market, what do authors need to know about recent technological advances, working with an agent, and the complex author-publisher relationship? Top literary agents and digitally attuned authors report on navigating these potential minefields while retaining their autonomy and vision.

What Authors Can Do

Our speakers will focus on hot topics that rightly seize controversial attention today in our industry: the ongoing diversity debate, the deeply ingrained gender bias, the battle for recognition being waged by faced by our illustrators and translators, the challenge to get boys and men to read, and the complexities of taking a global view in digital times.

What Publishers Can Do

A dynamic panel of established specialists and rising stars provide insights into the publishing industry’s current priorities with a strong focus on marketing: we look at content development, brand strategy, and digital innovation, with contributions from crowd-funding platforms and digital publishers as well as from established publishing houses and consultancies. We can publish it. But can we sell it?

What Can We Do Together?

Throughout the day, we will be capturing the ideas, proposals, comments, and questions of our delegates electronically in real time, as they come to mind, so that nothing is lost. And in our final session of the day, our delegates will join together in mutual respect and serious engagement to create the message to be delivered at FutureBook 2015.

Speaker highlights

  • Harry Bingham

    Author, Writers' Workshop, Agent Hunter

    Harry Bingham is a crime novelist, whose work has been published in many parts of the world and been adapted for TV. He is currently working on the fifth installment of his Fiona Griffiths crime series, which has received warm praise from The Sunday Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, and other publications. Bingham founded and owns the Writers’ Workshop and runs Agent Hunter.


  • Sarah McIntyre

    Illustrator, Author

    Illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre launched the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign tthis year, seeing illustrators omitted from awards lists and media coverage. McIntyre has collaborated on projects that include Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve, and Jampires with David O’Connell. Her solo picture books include There’s a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police and her comic Vern and Lettuce. 


  • Katie Roden

    Content strategy, publishing and marketing consultant

    Katie Roden is a publishing, marketing and digital strategy consultant with a 24-year trade publishing background, including 11 years as Director of Consumer Education at Hachette UK and, as Publisher at Guardian Books, creating the Guardian Shorts ebook list and the Guardian Teacher Network. She is the co-founder of book design blog Fixabook and is a freelance consultant for the Seven League digital agency.

  • Nicola Solomon

    Chief Executive, Society of Authors (SoA)

    Nicola Solomon has been Chief Executive of the Society of Authors since March 2011. She is a solicitor who was previously in private practice, specialising in intellectual property and media law. Her expertise includes copyright and defamation, privacy, data protection and contract. She is a board member of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council. She is also a Deputy District Judge.

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