Nicola Solomon, chief executive of the Society of Authors (pictured), and Orna Ross, founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, are among more than 30 speakers lined up to speak to authors and publishers at The Bookseller’s first ever Author Day, launched as part of suite of events in the run up to the FutureBook Conference 2015.
The pair join authors Jane Steen, Kamila Shamsie, Kate Pullinger, Nikesh Shukla and Jonathan Emmett on a platform that promises to be broad, diverse and practical. Agents slated to speak include Andrew Lownie, from the Lownie Agency, Sheila Crowley, from Curtis Brown, and Piers Blofeld, from Sheil Land, with publishers from Pan Macmillan, Faber and Unbound also speaking.
The full-day event, which takes place on 29th November, is to be divided into two parts: the morning will be a discovery period on the ‘state of the author’, with the afternoon designed to explore what authors and the industry can do together. The results of the day will form part of a panel discussion on amplifying authors at the FutureBook Conference, which takes place 4th December.
The conference is aimed at both traditional authors and independently-published writers, as is reflected in the programming that includes speakers from all parts of the business. FutureBook associate editor Porter Anderson, who programmed the event, said: “We're stressing that Author Day extends a warm welcome to both independent authors and to traditionally publishing authors, as well as to figures in the industry who work with and around them. This is neither an ‘indie conference’ nor a ‘trad event’. We want and need everyone, as does the industry.
“Our emphasis is on unity, even in exploring what may be divisive issues.”
A limited number of tickets have now been put on sale, with prices starting at £85 for authors, and £195 for publishers. For more details of both events, visit the conference website or read Anderson’s introductory blog.