FutureBook 2020 Programme

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Session One

10.00am

(Don't) publish like a white man

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Nels Abbey Author of Think Like a White Man and co-founder of the Black Writers Guild

 

State of the (audio) nation

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Fionnuala Barrett Editorial Director Audio, HarperCollins Clarissa Pabi UK Content Development Manager ACast Videl Bar-Kar Global Head of Audio, Bookwire Miles Stevens-HoareManaging Director, WF Howes

 

What you will learn...

  • how the lockdown impacted audiobook sales
  • strategies for selling audio during a pandemic
  • how production was hit by social distancing

The way back home: what office life looks like now

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Sara Lloyd Digital and Communications Director, Pan Macmillan Anna MacLaren May Human Resources Director, Bonnier Rebecca SealAuthor John HowkinsAuthor

 

What you will learn...

  • explore how office life is going to change long-term
  • discover strategies for keeping teams together apart
  • learn tips on how to stay sane when you’re WFH

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Beat Technology: What subscription platforms can do for you

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Nathan Hull Chief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

David Shelley

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 David Shelley Chief Executive, Hachette UK

Nova Reid with Lisa Milton

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Nova Reid Activist, writer and TED speaker Lisa Milton Executive Publisher, HQ & Mills & Boon

 

In this session we will:

  • Explore how 'systemic racism' impacts the publishing industry
  • Examine some of the barriers to entry for Black writers and talent
  • Discuss ways to take action and be the change

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

How do we make change happen?

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Joy Francis Founder/Executive Director, Words of Colour Marianne Tatepo Commissioning Editor, Ebury Niamh MulveyFounder, In the History Books Hamza JahanzebInclusivity advocate Sarah McIntyreChildren's illustrator and writer

Best of Lockdown: Event of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

5.00pm

Insight

Session One

10.00am

New Patterns, Old Rules

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Jared Shurin Head of Strategy, M&C Saatchi World Services

 

What's up: audio sales and the growth in listening

Deep dive
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Steve Bohme Research Director, Nielsen Michele CobbExecutive Director, Audio Publishers Association

 

What you will learn...

  • What is supporting 8 years of double digit growth in the US audiobook market
  • Who is listening and how are they listening
  • Which genres and which consumers are fuelling the continuing growth in the UK audiobook market
  • The impact of COVID-19 and other factors in driving consumers towards audiobooks
  • When and in what circumstances listeners are choosing audiobooks over other formats

Attention grab: capturing new readers

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Sarah CleavePublishing Manager, Comma Press Sabah Khan Head of PR, Avon & One More Chapter Rik UbhiPR & Marketing specialist Cait DaviesHead of Marketing, Orion Books

 

What you will learn...

  • who are the potential readers the book trade aren't reaching
  • what's competing for their attention
  • how to create inclusive comms strategies that get them hooked

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Bookwire: Audio Masterclass

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Videl Bar-Kar Global Head of Audio, Bookwire

 

Publishers have a once in a generation opportunity to reach new audiences through spoken word audio and the landscape is evolving rapidly, this year more than ever. The session will equip publishers with the strategies and best practice benchmarks they need to successfully launch and develop their audiobook publishing programme. Listening will become more frictionless than ever.

What you will learn...

  • Where is the audiobook market going & how can publishers take advantage of this now?
  • What does successful audiobook publishing look like and what are the building blocks to achieve this?
  • How does Bookwire’s distribution, production, marketing & analytics service help accelerate audiobook growth?

Tonies: a masterclass on kids book tech

Sponsor
1:00pm - 1:30pm Track 1 Bethany Easton Head of Production and Portolio, UK and Ireland, Tonies

 

What you will learn:

  • how to increase children's interaction with and enjoyment of literary works
  • how toys and books are not mutually exclusive
  • how to work with tonies to bring your IP to a wider audience

1.00pm

1.30pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Charlie Redmayne

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Charlie RedmayneChief Executive, HarperCollins

Andy Hunter with Meryl Halls

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Andy Hunter Chief Executive and Founder Bookshop.org Meryl HallsManaging Director, Booksellers Association

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

How to reach authentic voices

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Claire Malcolm Chief Executive, New Writing North Nancy AdimoraTalent & Audience Development Manager, HarperCollins Sara HuntOwner, Saraband Abi FellowsAgent, The Good Literary Agency Graeme ArmstrongAuthor

 

In this session you will learn...

  • what are some of the voices still missing or marginalised in publishing
  • where to find them and how to connect with them
  • how to help them reach readers without putting them in a pigeonhole

Best of Lockdown: Book of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm

5.00pm

Sell

Session One

10.00am

From Etsy to Bookshop: keeping ecommerce human

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20pm Track 1 Nicole Vanderbilt UK Managing Director, bookshop.org

 

Youthquake: can tech shake up the children’s audio market?

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Jon WattAudio Director, Bonnier Books Ben Drury Co-founder and CEO, Yoto Carla Herbertson Head of International Audio Content, Zebralution Dr Katie Sparks Chief Operating Officer, Cloudaloud Ellis MooreSenior rights & content manager, Bolinda

 

Bookselling in lockdown: what is the upside?

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 2 Cathy RentzenbrinkWriter and broadcaster Mark Thornton UK Partnership Manager, Bookshop.org Katie Clapham Bookseller, Storytellers, Inc Martin LathamBookseller, Waterstones Zool VerjeeHead of marketing and publicity, Blackwell's

 

What you will learn...

  • how the lockdown impacted bookshop sales
  • how booksellers innovated
  • what bookselling in the new world looks like

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Zebralution

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Kurt ThielenCEO, Zebralution Michele CobbExecutive Director, Audio Publishers Association

 

With over 100 framework agreements in place with Digital Service Providers, Zebralution offer one of the broadest footprints available in the market across audiobook and music platforms. In this session, Michele Cobb interviews Zebralution's CEO Kurt Thielen to find out how Zebralution can help publishers reach new audiences and grow their revenue.

Firsty: Glassboxx masterclass

Sponsor
1:00pm - 1:30pm Track 1 Finn KirklandCommercial Director, Firsty

 

1.00pm

1.30pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Perminder Mann

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Perminder MannChief executive, Bonnier Books UK

Jonas Tellander with Philip Jones

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Jonas Tellander CEO and Founder, Storytel Philip JonesEditor, The Bookseller

 

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

Agenting in the post-Covid world

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Tom TivnanFeatures, Editor, The Bookseller Nelle AndrewLiterary Agent, Rachel Mills Literary Cathryn SummerhayesLiterary Agent, Curtis Brown Sam CopelandLiterary Agent, RCW Lizzy KremerLiterary Agent, David Higham Associates

 

In this session you will learn:

  • what impact the pandemic has had on the daily work of agents
  • current and future challenges around finding new voices, supporting authors and selling rights
  • new opportunities for agents and authors that the new normal has opened up

Best of Lockdown: Retail

FutureBook Awards

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

5.00pm

Global

Session One

10.00am

Bookselling in the Time of Covid: how online buying patterns changed for print, ebooks and audiobooks

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Paul AbbassiFounder & Chief Executive, Bookstat

 

Tune up: building a competitive landscape with audio

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Nathan HullChief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology Morten Hesseldahl CEO, Gyldendal Santos Palazzi CDO, Grupo Planeta Sonia Draga Founder, Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Sonia Draga Publishing Group

 

How publishers have turned to video

Panel
10:20am - 11:00pm Track 1 Jon WhiteBusiness Development Director, Makematic Paul ChenVideo Services Manager, Wiley Inc. Justine PiekarowiczEditorial Director, Latin America, Richmond ELT Matt KibbleDirector of Digital Product Management, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Sam DumiakHead of Media and Assets, Cambridge University Press

 

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Bookstat

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Paul AbbassiFounder and Chief Executive, Bookstat

Ingram: Consumer-Centric Book Marketing: An Agile Approach

Sponsor
1:00pm - 1:30pm Track 1 Peter McCarthyDirector of Digital Services, Ingram Content Group

 

In this session, you will:

  • Learn the mindset and practical ways to put the reader first in your marketing
  • Understand top tactics for driving discovery and conversion to sale online
  • Learn the tools and processes that enable this to be done in an increasingly dynamic marketplace

1.00pm

1.30pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Tom Weldon

Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Tom WeldonChief Executive, Penguin Random House UK

Richard Wernicke with Carla Herbertson

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Richard WernickeHead of Content, Deezer Carla HerbertsonHead of International Audio Content, Zebralution

 

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

Greening the book industry: towards a sustainable future

Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Anita Sethi Author and journalist Helen ConfordPublisher, Profile Books Amanda RidoutFounder and CEO, Boldwood Books Siena ParkerHead of Creative Responsibility, Penguin Random House Vicky EllisSales Director, Clays

Best of Lockdown: Campaign of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm

5.00pm

Innovation

Session One

10.00am

Disruption matters: Why we innovate

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Nadia Odunayo Founder & CEO, The StoryGraph Sam Missingham Founder, The Empowered Author

 

Best of Lockdown: Startup of the Year

FutureBook Awards
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

How to make online events work

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Alex FaneFounder, Fane Productions

At Home with 4 Indies (Forum Books, Booka Bokoshop, Linghams Booksellers, Book-ish) and Alex Fane (founder, Fane Productions)

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

BookBub: Innovate like a startup

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Wade LucasAccount Manager, BookBub

 

Hear from BookBub, their Chirp distribution partner, Findaway and IPG award winning newcomer Boldwood Books as they share their stories.

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Annie Callanan

Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Annie CallananChief Executive, Taylor & Francis

Asi Sharabi and Matthew Jones

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Asi Sharabi CEO and Co-founder, Wonderbly Matthew JonesVP Content Acquisition and Strategy, Perlego

 

Publishing Matters

Special Event
3.00pm - 3:30pm Track 1 Clarissa PabiMarketer and Board Member, Cheltenham Literature Festival Margaret BusbyPublisher, editor, writer and broadcaster Ellah Wakatama AllfreyEditor-at-Large, Canongate Natalie JeromeLiterary Agent, Aevitas Creative Management

 

FutureBook is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Cheltenham Literature Festival to broadcast "Publishing Matters", a discussion that took place in October between marketeer and Cheltenham board member Clarissa Pabi, the publishers Margaret Busby and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, and the publisher turned agent Natalie Jerome.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, 2020 has seen a long overdue spotlight on the woeful lack of representation in publishing, with publishers and agents scrambling for solutions to problems in corporate publishing that have been swept under the carpet for far too long. The panel celebrates pioneering publishing and debates the drivers needed for the urgent task of creating a new kind of publishing industry.

3.00pm

3.30pm

Session Four

4.00pm

FutureBook Awards Winners Ceremony

Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1

5.00pm