Friday 3-5 p.m. GMT live on Twitter, hashtag #AuthorDay
The Author Day conference on 30th November at 30 Euston Square in London has become a double-barreled event, thanks to the generosity and cooperation of several key supporters of the effort.
Our central issues-driven discussion at the core of the conference will be ringed with one-on-one meetings with:
- Editors from Pan Macmillan (Caroline Hogg and Sophie Jonathan) holding open-submissions and consultations;
- Editorial staff from HarperCollins holding open submissions and consultations;
- Agents from Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD), who will meet with authors for questions and guidance; and
- Thanks to special support from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), experts on independent publishing for one-on-one counseling—more to come on that shortly.
While those personal meetings at Author Day are reserved for those who are registered and attending the conference, Friday's online Twitter conversations with the PFD agents are open to all.
Lead agent Robert Caskie will also join us on a special panel at the FutureBook Conference on 4th December at London's Mermaid, on the new centricity of the author.
He and I will welcome to that panel Simon & Schuster/Atria publisher Judith Curr, Headline author Simon Scarrow, and September Publishing's Hannah MacDonald.
Peters Fraser + Dunlop has very recently opened a publishing wing, Ipso Books. There, the company writes about the Author Day conference: "This is an exciting opportunity for authors to get face-to-face feedback on their unpublished manuscripts from those in the know. The publishing and literary industry is a tough nut to crack, so take advantage of this opportunity and pick the brains of the industry’s finest."
And in today and Friday's sessions, all are invited to join in with questions and comments for Caskie and his associates.
Seats remain for both Author Day (30 November) and The Futurebook Conference (4 December), but are particularly limited for the intimate setting of Author Day in the State Rooms at 30 Euston Square, a great venue. Please hurry if you'd like to join us at either or both conference event.
For more on the Author Day event:
- Here is the programme
- Here are our speakers
- Here is information about our venue at 30 Euston Square
- And here is an article that lays out the rationale for the approach we're taking (PDF)
Drop a line to porter.anderson@TheBookseller.com with any questions.