Somper sets up author training company

Vampirates author and long-time children's book publicist Justin Somper has set up Author Profile, a training company aimed at helping authors navigate the media and social networking.

Writers including Damian Kelleher, Graham Marks, Anita Naik and Jeremy Finch will be among the trainers in the new venture, co-founded by learning and development specialist Phillip Norman. Somper will run in-house training days for individual publishers and agents and well as out-of-house training for authors to book onto direct.

Somper said: "These days, authors are expected to hit the ground running - and keep running fast! - demonstrating knowledge, energy and commitment in areas such as online networking, events and media. Author Profile is all about sharing industry experience and fast-tracking less experienced authors over all these kinds of hurdles. It's geared towards helping authors shape their own careers more proactively than ever before."