21 June - 1 July, 2021
Online

The Writers' Summit

Get the inside track from the world of publishing. Curated by the team behind The London Book Fair, The Writers’ Summit shares expert tips, industry advice and author inspiration to get your writing noticed. Whether you are just starting to write, are self-published, or have your eye on a book deal, this one-day online conference is for you.

Returning to The Writers’ Summit this year are the hugely popular agent 121 sessions. This optional extra allows attendees to pitch their work to literary agents and receive instant feedback. Authors will get the opportunity to pitch to agents from Aitken Alexander Associates, Andlyn, Curtis Brown, HHB Agency, United Agents and more. But hurry, there are limited spaces for this optional extra, and tickets are selling fast! 

8th June 2021

Time

09:15 – 09:30

Session

Welcome

Andy Ventris, Event Director, The London Book Fair

Bec Evans, Author & Co-Founder, Prolifiko 

09:30 – 10:10

Your Book, Your Choice 

Find out how you can get you book into readers’ hands with this expert panel on publishing routes, from agents to traditional and self-publishing and everything in between. 

  • Cathryn Summerhayes, Literary Agent, Curtis Brown Group
  • Kimberley Young, Executive Publisher, HarperCollins
  • Alison Jones, Director, Practical Inspiration Publishing
  • Ben Hughes, Business Development Manager, IngramSpark UK

 

Facilitated by: Abiola Bello, Author, Founder of The Author School, Co-Director at Hashtag Press 

10:10 – 10:20

Author Inspiration

Get the inside track on how successful authors write. Hear the story behind their books, how they got started, keep writing, and the advice they wish they’d had.

 

LJ Ross, International bestselling author of the DCI Ryan mystery series 

10:20 – 10:50

How to Smash Your Book Pitch

This masterclass will demystify the submission process to share the must-haves of a perfect pitch. Find out how to gets agents’ attention and avoid common mistakes as you write your own elevator pitch and submit it for feedback. 

 

Liza DeBlock, Literary Agent, Mushens Entertainment 

10:50 – 11:00

Author Inspiration

Get the inside track on how successful authors write. Hear the story behind their books, how they got started, keep writing and the advice they wish they’d had.

 

Monique Roffey, Author of The Mermaid of Black Conch, Costa book of the year 

11:00 – 11:10

Coffee Break Chat

Join the breakout room to meet other attendees and discuss the morning’s sessions 

11:10 – 11:50

Build Your Brand, Market and Sell Your Book

Give your book the best chance of success. Featuring the brains behind successful books and authors you’ll find out how to market and publicise your book to increase sales, as well as grow your brand and platform as you engage with readers.

 

  • Alice Shortland, Deputy Head of Marketing, Canongate 
  • Ricardo Fayet, Author & Co-Founder, Reedsy
  • Georgina Moore, Director of Books and Publishing, Midas PR
  • Sam Missingham, CEO & Founder, The Empowered Author

 

Facilitated by: Matt Trinetti, Co-Founder, London Writers’ Salon 

11:50 – 12:15

Author FAQs: Answers to Most-Asked Questions

The Society of Authors has been supporting and advising authors for over 100 years. Get specialist advice from Nicola Solomon on the most-asked questions so you can protect yourself and your writing.  

 

Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, Society of Authors  

12:15 – 12:25

Coffee Break Chat

Join the breakout room to meet other attendees and discuss today’s sessions 

12:25 – 12:35

Author Inspiration

Get the inside track on how successful authors write. Hear the story behind their books, how they got started, keep writing and the advice they wish they’d had.

 

Graeme Armstrong, Author of The Young Team 

12:35 – 13:15

The Support You Need to Keep Going

Whether you need time, money, editorial advice or accountability to keep going, this panel can help. Together they share the many ways writers can get help and support each other as they write. 

 

  • Sarah Crown, Director of Literature, The Arts Council
  • Aki Schilz, Director, The Literary Consultancy
  • Parul Bavishi, Editor, Publishing Uncovered & Co-Founder London Writers’ Salon
  • Gemma Seltzer, Author & Founder Write and Shine

 

Facilitated by: Jon Reed, Author & Founder, Publishing Talk 

13:15 – 13:25

Author Inspiration 

Get the inside track on how successful authors write. Hear the story behind their books, how they got started, keep writing and the advice they wish they’d had.

 

Oliver Burkeman, Journalist and Author of The Antidote, Help! And the forthcoming Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals 

13:25 – 13:50

Live Pitch Feedback

Submit your elevator pitch and be in with the chance to get feedback. Learn from other’s pitches as Literary Agent Liza DeBlock shares the lessons from her earlier masterclass in this interactive session.  

 

Liza DeBlock, Mushens Entertainment

Facilitated by Bec Evans, Author & Co-Founder, Prolifiko 

13:50 – 14:00

Closing Remarks

Bec Evans, Author & Co-Founder, Prolifiko 

14:00 – 16:00

Agent 121 Meetings

Exclusive opportunities for Writers’ Summit & Agent 121 Meeting ticket holders. Limited available. 

Speaker information

Author, Founder of The Author School, Co-Director at Hashtag Press

Abiola Bello is an award-winning children's/YA author from London. Her fantasy book series Emily Knight I am was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019, finalist for The People's Book Prize 2019 and won London's Big Read 2019. Abiola is the co-founder of Hashtag Press, The Diverse Book Awards, The Author School and many other businesses! She's an advocate for diversity in publishing.

Abiola was the first Black person to win The London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2018 and she is on the advisory group for World Book Day UK.

Abiola's next book A Very Merry Murder Club, published by Farshore it's out in October. 

Director, Practical Inspiration Publishing

Alison Jones is a publisher and business book coach, founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing. A veteran of the publishing industry, she worked for 25 years with leading companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan (she was Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan until she left to set up her pioneering new partnership publishing company in 2014). She regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild, and hosts The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books. She has written and edited several books, including This Book Means Business (2018).

Author & Founder, Publishing Talk

Jon Reed is a writer, social media consultant and founder of Publishing Talk (www.publishingtalk.org), an educational, events and membership website that supports new and emerging authors. He runs a programme of online masterclasses for authors, and a writers’ conference on How to Get Published.

Jon is the author of Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing (Pearson Business, 2013) – and now also writes screenplays, represented by Curtis Brown.

Jon previously worked in publishing for 10 years, including as publishing director for McGraw-Hill. He now provides social media training, consultancy and content to publishers, including Bloomsbury, Penguin, Hachette and SAGE.

Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Nicola Solomon is the Chief Executive of the Society of Authors: a trade union representing over 11,500 professional writers, illustrators, translators and scriptwriters from all sectors and genres .The SoA empowers all types of writers through negotiation, individual advice knowledge sharing, networking and campaigning. Nicola’s work encompasses protecting authors' interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment. Nicola is expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the Creators’ Rights Alliance. She is a solicitor and a Deputy District Judge and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Author & Co-Founder, Reedsy

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy, a marketplace connecting authors to the world’s top publishing talent—from editors to cover designers, book marketers, or literary translators. He’s the author of several Reedsy Learning courses on marketing and a regular presenter at several prestigious writers’ conferences: NINC, RWA Australia, and The Self Publishing Show Live, among others. He recently published his first book, How to Market a Book: Overperform in a Crowded Market, which is free to download on all retailers.