18 – 20 April 2023

The Writers' Summit

Now Available On-Demand

Time

08:30 - 09:00

Session

Arrival & Networking

9:00 - 9:10

Welcome Address: Building a Writing Career in the 21st Century.

Speakers:

Parul & Matt (London Writers' Salon)

09:10-10:00

Panel: My Publishing Journey - How I Got Published

Four writers share their story from first draft to landing an agent and hitting the bestseller chart, with lessons they've learnt along the way. Our guests have sold nearly a million copies between them, signed with agents, left agents, and experienced the highs and lows of being a writer. Join us as we talk to the authors about their experience of launching and building their writing careers.

 

Speakers:

1. Natalie Lue (Writer, Blogger at Baggage Reclaim)
The founder of Baggage Reclaim, a popular blog about relationships. Natalie landed an agent after self-publishing and selling over 125k+ copies of her books.
2. Orna Ross (Co-Founder, Alliance of Independent Authors)
The co-founder of Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and a bestselling and award-winning writer and poet.
3. Samantha Shannon (Fantasy Author)
New York Times and international bestselling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree.
4. Kate Rhodes (Crime Novelist)
Successful crime novelist and Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Moderator: Parul / Matt

10:00 - 10:20

Session Break

10:20 - 11:10

Workshop: How to find an agent and pitch successfully (Part 1)

What are agents looking for in a submission package? How should a writer plan and submit their query letter? Join this workshop for a peek into the submissions process and a chance to hone and test out the elevator pitch for your book.

 

Speaker:

James Spackman (Literary Agent, The BKS Agency)
James is a Publisher and the co-founder of the BKS Agency. His authors are Sunday Times bestsellers, Olympic athletes, gifted storytellers, international speakers, entrepreneurs, journalists, consultants, thought leaders, and experts in their field.

11:10 - 11:30

Session Break

11:30 - 12:00

The Writers' Summit "3 x 20"

Three 20-minute talks from experts, followed by a Q&A.

Talk 1: What to expect when you're submitting: How to navigate an opaque industry
How do you know when you're ready to submit? How do you choose your agent, and what do you need to know about contract negotiation? Editor and author Niamh Mulvey reveals the unspoken etiquette and boundaries within publishing, and talks about the dos and don'ts when pitching and starting your career.

 

Speaker:

Niamh Mulvey (Author, Editor)
Niamh is a former Commissioning Editor at Hachette. Niamh's short story collection, Hearts and Bones, will be published by Picador in June 2022, with a novel to follow in 2023.

12:05 - 12:35

The Writers' Summit "3 x 20"

Three 20-minute talks from experts, followed by a Q&A.

Talk 2: The Foundations of Building Your Author Profile & Platform

What are the core building blocks of an author's profile & platform? How should an author start to plan their 'brand' and grow their profile? Agent and marketer Megan Staunton has helped build profiles for a number of authors, and shares essential tips for anyone struggling with understanding the beginning steps for creating their author brand and profile.

 

Speaker:

Megan Staunton (Literary Agent at Bergstrom Studio).
Megan's clients include Grace Victory, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage, and the award-winning midwife Marley Hall.

12:40 - 13:10

The Writers' Summit "3 x 20"

Three 20-minute talks from experts, followed by a Q&A.

Talk 3: Navigating Social Media as a writer


Social media can be daunting, and yet it can be a useful tool for connecting with the writing community and readers. Marketing expert Jen Porter talks to us about how we can integrate social media into our creative lives in a sustainable and effective way.

 

Speaker:

Jennifer Porter, (Head of Marketing, Embla Books)
Jen heads the marketing for the Embla Books imprint at Bonnier and is an expert across all social media platforms. She was previously at HarperCollins and Penguin Michael Joseph, working with authors like B.A. Paris, Lisa Hall, Adele Parks, and Liane Moriarty.

13:10 - 14:00

Lunch & Networking

14:00 - 14:45

Your Book, Your Choice: Choosing the right publishing route for you

What are the different routes available to a writer? Is digital-first suitable for all genres? What are the pros and cons of the different publishing routes? We sit down with editors and authors who understand the industry to discuss the realities of publishing across digital-first, self-publishing, traditional and indie publishing.

 

Speakers:

1. Ellen Gleeson (Associate Publisher, Bookouture)
Ellen is an Associate Publisher of commercial fiction at the award-winning digital-first publisher Bookouture.
2. Joanna Penn (Indie Publisher, The Creative Penn)
Joanna Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller and non-fiction writer. She has written 30+ books and sold over 600,000 books in 162 countries and six languages through her small press, Curl Up Press.
3. Phoebe Morgan (Editorial Director at HarperFiction, author)
Phoebe is an Editorial Director working across HarperFiction and Avon at HarperCollins UK, publishing commercial crime. She is also a successful thriller writer and is represented by Darley Anderson Literary Agency.
4. Kasim Ali (Assistant Editor at Penguin, debut novelist)
Kasim is an Assistant Editor at Penguin Random House, and in 2022 published his debut novel, Good Intentions, to critical acclaim.
Moderator: Parul / Matt

14:45 - 15:15

Workshop: How to find an agent and pitch successfully (Part 2)

Join us for live feedback on the two-sentence pitches submitted this morning. James Spackman will select pitches for feedback and show which pitches work and how to improve your submission.

 

Speaker:

James Spackman (Literary Agent, The BKS Agency)
James is a Publisher and the co-founder of the BKS Agency. His authors are Sunday Times bestsellers, Olympic athletes, gifted storytellers, international speakers, entrepreneurs, journalists, consultants, thought leaders, and experts in their field.

15:15 - 15:25

Session Break

15:25 - 15:40

Your Writing Future & Why Your Story Matters - Nikesh Shukla

Words of advice and inspiration from Nikesh Shukla, an award-winning writer and the co-founder of the Good Literary Agency.

Speaker:

Nikesh Shukla (Author)
Nikesh Shukla is the editor of the bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant, which was named Reader’s Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is the author of a number of novels for both adults and young adults including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), Meatspace, Run Riot, The Boxer, Brown Baby, and co-editor of The Good Immigrant USA. His latest book Your Story Matters is a practical guide for writers looking to find their voice and choose their medium.

15:40 - 15:45

Taking the Next Steps

Speakers:

Parul & Matt (London Writers' Salon)

16:00 - 17:00

London Writers' Salon interview with Elise Valmorbida, author of 'The Happy Writing Book'

Interview about the craft of writing and the art of building a successful writing career.

 

Speakers:

Elise Valmorbida 
Moderators: Parul & Matt

15:45 - 17:30

Agent 121s (pre-booked only)

Speakers:

Agents - Managed by Midas PR