Getting Published is over. Missed it? Want more? Links and events inside.

If you couldn’t make it or you weren’t local, you can catch up here.

Below, we’ve listed links to a video, write-ups, writing communities and forthcoming book-related events.

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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…

Guest Speaker: Anna Robinette from Egmont

Anna Robinette, Junior Product Manager from Egmont, came to talk to us about her role and what it involves. Egmont publishes books for infants to young adult, fiction and non-fiction, and they’re also the number one UK publisher for children’s magazines. Egmont produces a lot of novelty products, like a Star Wars book that has…

Guest speaker: Hazel Homes from Askews and Holts Library services

Hazel Holmes from Askews and Holts library services came to speak to the UCLan MA Publishing class on Monday. She talked about her perspective as a children’s book buyer and about the library market. It was an excellent chance to see what librarians are looking for and get Hazel’s advice on getting into publishing.

Designer guest speaker: Ness Wood

Ness Wood, award-winning book designer, came to speak to our class today.  I wish I could have turned into a sponge to absorb everything she had to say. Ness Wood works with editors and illustrators, matching them up and making sure everything is working – it’s a collaborative process.  She works with both artwork (getting…

SYP North and Midlands Comeback Event in Leeds

Where: The Adelphi, Leeds, LS10 When: from 7 pm to 11 pm, Wednesday 28 October, 2015 What a night! Stephanie Cox, blogger and interviewer at the Bookmachine, organised a great comeback event for the Society of Young Publishers North & Midlands. As an event organiser for the SYP, she got two wonderful speakers on board:…

Kevin Duffy from Bluemoose books – guest speaker at UCLan

Kevin Duffy of Bluemoose Books came to speak to us. Bluemoose Books is an independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin Duffy comes from a sales and marketing background. Bluemoose books publishes 5-8 books a year. Kevin Duffy said that big publishers are getting risk averse, that they tend to try and replicate successes,…

Guest speaker: author Matthew Connolly

Matthew Connolly, a self-published author, came to speak to us. He told us about his background as a freelance journalist and his journey to self-publishing with his first book Dances with the Daffodils.   Matthew had his manuscript accepted by a mainstream agent but ultimately rejected by publishers. He then decided to go the self-publishing…