Sunday, 8 March 2015

Bookish & Bloggish News



OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASPIRING WRITERS AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR

Agent one-to-one sessions and The Write Stuff competition -Call for Entries!

The London Book Fair (LBF), the UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents, has announced a Call for Entries for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, which are part of a whole range of initiatives on offer in Author HQ - LBF’s home for writers and aspiring writers, sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing.

Agent One-to-One meetings will give authors an invaluable opportunity to talk directly to an agent from a leading literary agency about their books, seek advice about any stage of the writing process and receive direct feedback on pitches and ideas. Back for another year, The Write Stuff, a Dragon’s Den-style panel event, will see ten authors pitch their books to a panel of literary agents in front of an audience in Author HQ, for the chance to win a follow up meeting with an agent. Each pitch will be a maximum of 2 minutes long, with agents providing on-the-spot feedback.

Author HQ, launched as a response to increasing interest from the self-publishing community, is now one of the most popular features at the Fair. There will be plenty on offer there for both established and aspiring authors, including a three day programme of seminars, curated by Midas Public Relations. Now in its fourth year, the Author HQ programme has been designed to provide the knowledge, tools and insight writers need to make informed decisions about getting their work published in a world where conventional and self-publishing opportunities offer an ever expanding number of routes to market. A stellar line-up of industry experts including publishers, writers and agents will be taking the stage to share their secrets of how to get published successfully, and a number of authors will also be on seminar panels to share their personal experiences.

Further details on the Author HQ seminar programme line up for 2015 will be announced at the end of February.

*LBF HAS A NEW HOME FOR 2015*

The London Book Fair has moved to its new venue for 2015 - Olympia, West London, which means a new home for Author HQ too, which will be located on Level 1, Olympia Central. Visitors for Author HQ should access the Fair via the Olympia National Entrance.

All Author HQ @ LBF events are free-to-attend with the purchase of a three-day LBF pass which costs £35 (if booked in advance). Seminars are on a first come, first served, basis. Authors are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. For further details on how to enter for a place on either the Author One-to-One programme or The Write Stuff, please visit www.londonbookfair.co.uk/authorhq.

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