Free ‘Getting Published’ event in Preston, Lancashire

Ever dreamed of becoming a published writer? Want to meet industry professionals? Join us to discuss YA and the wider industry over free drinks and snacks.

I’m organising this event with classmates as part of my MA Publishing degree and I’m really looking forward to all the guest speaker who come from different corners of the book industry. They will be discussing publishing and give their tops tips and advice for aspiring authors.

With: Jake Hope (freelance consultant and Costa Award judge), Stephanie Cox (from the Society of Young Publishers North and Award Publications Ltd), P. S. Ferns (YA author of The Element Order), Kevin Duffy (founder of Bluemoose Books), and Dea Parkin (from Feedback Fiction and chair of Chorley and District Writers Group.).

WHERE: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Campus map:
Free parking on Foster car park or Darwin car park.
Darwin Building is a 5–10 minute walk from Preston train station.


More on our panellists:

Author of young adult fantasy series The Element Order, Paul Ferns writes under the pen name P. S. Ferns. Paul is also a choreographer and graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and back in the day danced for 2 Unlimited and Liberty X.

Indie publisher, Kevin Duffy, tired of big publishers and their roster of celebrity bestsellers and decided to found his own publishing house up North. Bluemoose Books publishes “cracking stories that engage and inspire”, including Pig Iron by Ben Meyers – a story about John-John Wisdom, a northerner trying to escape his past; and Nod by Adrian Barnes – an apocalyptic tale of a world where every human, except 1 in 10,000, forgets how to sleep and the devastating consequences that ensue.

Judge of Costa Children’s Book Award 2015, Jake Hope is a freelance consultant well-respected in the book industry and who has judged all the top UK awards for children’s fiction.

Stephanie Cox is an up-and-coming young publisher. Whilst working at Awards Publications Ltd, a children’s publisher, she still finds time to volunteer for the Society of Young Publishers North.

Dea Parkin runs an editorial consultancy company called Feedback Fiction and is chair of Chorley and District Writers Group.


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