Self-published authors Polly Courtney and Orna Ross will be among the speakers at this year's London Book Fair Author HQ seminars, in the three-day programme for writers sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing.
Courtney and Ross's guidance on self-publishing will be paired with expertise on the traditional publishing process shared by publishers and editors from HarperCollins, Orion and Little, Brown.
Meanwhile speakers from Smashwords, Jellybooks and Ingram will look at how new tools and technologies can help authors take control of their careers. while Waterstones and independent bookshops will offer tips from the bookselling trade. Media guidance will be shared by the Daily Mail’s Jane Mays and The Bookseller's Cathy Rentzenbrink.
Now in its third year, Author HQ’s programme is designed to provide authors with the knowledge, tools and insight writers to make informed decisions as conventional and self-publishing opportunities offer an ever-expanding number of routes to market.
Authors will also be given the chance to pitch ideas directly to literary agents from United Agents, PFD, Conville & Walsh and others, via one-to-one sessions. On the final day of the fair, Author HQ will host The Write Stuff, a "Dragon’s Den"-style panel event where 10 authors pitch their books to a panel of literary agents: Simon Trewin of WME, Charlie Campbell of Ed Victor, Lizzy Kremer of David Higham Associates and Laura Williams of PFD. The winner will win a meeting with an agent and a detailed critique of their book.
Authors wishing to be considered for The Write Stuff should email firstname.lastname@example.org with 100 words about the book they would like to pitch to the Agent Panel and why they should be chosen by 5pm on Friday 14th March.