How to get your book published? - A Masterclass of Experts
You've written your book. After weeks, months, years, of writing it’s finally finished, and you’re ready to share with readers. But how do you get your work of art printed? How do you get your work published and onto the shelves of a high-street bookshop? Will the bookshop stock it? Will people buy it?
Come along to an evening of lively discussion around the world of publishing and book selling!
Our masterclass of experts aim to arm you with the information you need to publish your book and get it into book stores. Come along and tap into their knowledge, experience, advice and invaluable stories.
Some of the topics cover on the night include.....
Is book publishing dead?
Independent Publisher verses Self-Publishing?
Amazon/Create Space - Is this really the best platform for authors?
Revenue and margins
Marketing - People won't buy your book if they don't know it exists!
Q&A - your chance to get the answers to your burning questions
Our panel is made up of four amazing people whose experience in publishing will inspire and inform you. Here’s the lineup so far:
Margaret Busby OBE; Publisher, Editor, Writer and Broadcaster
Born in Accra in the Gold Coast to parents with roots in Barbados, Trinidad and Dominica, she became Britain’s youngest and first Black woman book publisher, when in 1967 she co-founded Allison & Busby with Clive Allison (1944-2011).
Busby went on to become A&B’s editorial director for 20 years, publishing a cluster of significant titles such as Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen, C.L.R. James’ The Black Jacobins, and George Lamming’s The Pleasures of Exile.
Though A&B did not exclusively publish Black authors, it was nevertheless a major catalyst for bringing the work of several writers from the African Diaspora to critical public attention. Other authors included Val Wilmer, Miyamoto Musashi, Michele Roberts, Rosa Guy and Andrew Salkey.
Busby subsequently became the editorial director of Earthscan, before pursuing a freelance career as an editor and writer.
Constantly in demand as a reviewer and obituarist, Busby is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Independent. She has worked regularly in radio and television, first presenting Break for Women on the BBC Africa Service and London Line for the Central Office of Information. She has also contributed to programmes such as Open Book, Front Row and Woman’s Hour.
Passionate about women’s writing, in 1992 Busby edited Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent. She has also served as a judge for the Wole Soyinka Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She is currently the Prize Ambassador of the SI Leeds Literary Prize and a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.
Crystal Mahey-Morgan: Founder & Publisher of OwnIT! Publishing
Crystal Mahey-Morgan began her career as a freelance journalist at the age of 16 writing for publications such as the Guardian and The Face Magazine. While still 16, she promoted a series of open mic events which were a fusion of hip hop and more conventional forms of poetry and was a performance poet herself.
At the age of 19 Mahey-Morgan became Marketing Manager for Raindance Film festival soon after embarked on a career within Publishing, firstly working as Literary Assistant at Peter, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD), then joining Random House in 2009 where she held several positions until leaving Penguin Random House asm Online/Digital Account Manager where she was responsible for managing digital retailer relationships with the likes of Apple and Google.
Mahey-Morgan resigned from Penguin Random House at the end of 2014 to realise a long held vision of bringing fresh voices and new stories to market in pioneering ways.
OWN IT! - a storytelling lifestyle brand across books, music, fashion and film - was founded which Crystal now runs with Creative Director Jason Morgan.
Valerie Brandes: Founder and Publisher of Jacaranda Books
Valerie has over 10 years book trade experience both in the UK and in the USA and is a proud graduate of the MA Publishing Studies at City University London. She left Profile Books to set up Jacaranda Books Art Music in 2012, feeling the need to explore publishing the kinds of books she longed to see and read but was having trouble finding. She bought her first title Fashion Africa in 2012 which was published in February 2014. Valerie is an ardent supporter of promoting ethnic and gender equality and diversity in the publishing industry. She is also on the committee for Fiction Uncovered.
Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd is a fresh and exciting new independent publishing house based in London. We publish adult fiction and non-fiction, including illustrated books, which cross linguistic, racial, gender and cultural boundaries – books in many ways as cosmopolitan as our city.
Through our authors and books, we aim to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity and heritage that can be found in London, with a particular interest in works related to Africa, the Caribbean, and the experiences of those peoples in the Diaspora. We also seek provocative, inspirational writing that shines a light on issues affecting ethnic minorities, women, and young people, and tackles contemporary social issues.
Michael La Rose: Publisher, Writer & Director of New Beacon Books
Born in Trinidad, Michael La Rose is a director of New Beacon Books. He is a writer, researcher and lecturer on popular culture of the African diaspora. He has been researching the Carnival movement in Britain and has published: Mas in Notting Hill: Documents in the Struggle for a Representative and Democratic Carnival 1989/90 (compiler), Police Carnival 1989 (co-editor), The Gerald Forsyth Story: The lifetime journey of a pan legend in the steelband movement (editor), Carl Gabriel; Carnival artist. He has also written many essays on Carnival and most recently co-edited the young people’s educational publication The History of the Steelband.