LBF and Writer's Digest launch author conference

LBF and Writer's Digest launch author conference

The London Book Fair and US magazine Writer’s Digest are to launch a new conference for authors, The Writer’s Summit, which will explore new opportunities in publishing and in developing successful writing careers.

Authors Fanny Blake and Dean Crawford, Lounge Books founder Sam Missingham, and Unbound associate editor Scott Pack, will feature in the conference which will include sessions on the rapidly evolving writing landscape, income generation, promotion and marketing, rights and contracts, retail channels, and social media. Meanwhile, authors will be able to pitch their books and ideas to agents with two dedicated “Pitch Slam” events, and there will be a range of networking sessions giving delegates the chance to meet with peers and industry influencers.

Orna O’Brien, conference manager of The London Book Fair, said: “With the wealth of choice available it can be challenging for authors to select the most appropriate paths towards publication. This event is designed to present the options and help authors to navigate through this sometimes complicated landscape, while providing hints and tips on how to be successful and generate income from their work. We are delighted to be teaming up with Writer’s Digest to deliver a compelling programme which will appeal to writers, and particularly those at the early stages of their careers.”

James Woollam, managing director of Writer’s Digest UK, added: "Writer's Digest is proud to be a world-leading resource for aspiring writers. The Writer's Digest Annual Conference in New York is a flagship industry event and we are delighted to be working with The London Book Fair team to bring a similar experience to London. We're tremendously excited about the opportunity for writers in what we see as a publishing environment full of opportunity. This conference will tackle some of those key opportunities with insight, ideas and practical actions for writers to take away from the day."

Tickets are £95 and can be booked from the Writer's Summit website.