BookMachine to be media partner on single day course for authors

BookMachine will act as a media partner on a single-day course for authors to take place at Kingston University on Saturday 28 March. Is Everyone Now A Publisher? will provide an overview of ‘the publishing and writing landscape’, advice on preparing manuscripts for publication and opportunities for networking. Tickets are £115 apiece if bought before 30 January, £130 afterwards, with tickets for Kingston University staff and students available at the reduced rate of £90 throughout.

Quoth the blurb:

Right now the publishing landscape is awash with change.  Publishers are buying less and more cautiously and self-publishing is now an established and effective option for managing the route from writer to reader. However they plan to reach their market, authors need to embrace new ways of thinking and working; choices have to be made.

We want authors to benefit from all the changes and new services available rather than feel overwhelmed or threatened by them. Our day course will look at the situation afresh; consider tactics that have worked in the publishing industry in the past, as well as the wealth of options available right now.

To this end, we have assembled a significant panel of thinkers and practitioners around the publishing industry and encourage anyone considering making content available to join us. Hosted at Kingston, home of the celebrated MA Publishing, our course offers an opportunity to engage with and understand the landscape – and on this basis to make plans for the future. Whatever your current stage in writing, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

The event will be chaired by Dr Alison Baverstock, associate professor of Publishing at Kingston University, and runs from 8.45am to 6pm. Speakers include Michael Bhaskar (digital publishing director at Canelo), literary agent Andrew Lownie and BookMachine’s own Laura Summers, who will offer advice on branding and discoverability (and is accepting in advance work that could be used as a case study – all interested parties should contact the organisers).


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