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Posted by Tom, June 18, 2013

Nosy Crow’s first conference: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Looking for details of our latest conference? Tickets for the 2014 edition of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) are on sale now.

On 21 September 2013, we’re running an all-day conference: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask). In the course of the day, we will cover many aspects of the publishing process, from manuscript to marketplace.

We’re doing it because we know of so many people with aspirations to write books for children and who want to be published. They use our blog and our Twitter feeds as a source of information and we think that many of them would like to know more about the industry.

We’re doing it because we know (from every time we advertise a job on our website) that there are lots of people out there who are keen to work in children’s publishing, or who think they might be, and we think that the things we’ll be discussing will be relevant to them too.

We’re doing it because we love what we do, and we want more people to understand it.

The event will take place at the St Bride Foundation on Fleet Street, and we have an INCREDIBLE line-up speakers planned for the day, including:

Lucy Mangan, author and award-winning columnist
You may know Lucy for her hilarious weekly columns in The Guardian and Stylist Magazine. She won the PPA Awards 2013 Columnist of the Year award for the latter. She’s also a children’s literature devotee, and her talk, Bookworm: What children’s books mean to me, is bound to be an inspiring one for anyone who loves reading.
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Jon Reed, social media expert
Jon Reed is a social media consultant, lecturer, speaker and trainer. He worked in publishing for a decade before becoming a writer, and is the author of “Get up to Speed with Online Marketing”. Jon’s talk – Building Your Brand: Marketing Yourself Online – will be an essential one for anyone who’s new to the world of publishing and looking for the do’s and don’ts of social media.
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Melissa Cox, Waterstones Children’s New Titles Buyer
Melissa is responsible for buying new children’s titles for Waterstones. She knows exactly what sells – and what doesn’t – and from her desk on the Sixth Floor of Waterstones Picadilly she has a unique view of the landscape. She’s been on the selection committee for the Children’s Laureateship and the judging panel for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and her talk, But will it sell? Children’s books from a bookseller’s perspective, will provide invaluable insight into some of the commercial realities of children’s bookselling.
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Hilary Delamere, agent
Hilary represents a star-studded roster of authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Lydia Monks, Michael Bond, the newly-appointed Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, and our very own Sarah Warburton, illustrator for The Princess and the Peas. Hilary’s talk will answer the question, What’s an agent for?
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Tracey Corderoy, author
Tracey is the author of dozens of children’s books, including the Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble picture book series (and soon-to-be launched illustrated fiction series), Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, and Just Right for Two. She’s well-known for her spectacular author events, and her talk, Playing to the crowd: an author’s view of the importance of live events, will draw on the lessons she’s learnt performing in front of thousands of young children.
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Helen Peters, Paula Harrison, and S.C. Ransom, authors
Helen, Paula and Sue are all authors whose debut novels Nosy Crow has had the privilege of publishing. Together they’ll be speaking on a panel, From Slushpile to Subsidiary Rights Sales: The Journey of a First-Time Author, sharing their experiences of being published for the first time.
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Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow Managing Director
Kate is the founder and Managing Director of Nosy Crow. She’ll talk about the future of reading in a time of great digital change, the international book market, and give an insight into some of the decisions that are behind the publishing deals Nosy Crow makes.
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And that’s not all! There’ll also be talks from other members of Nosy Crow sharing their expertise in areas of the industry including editorial (covering books for children from 0 to 14), marketing and app creation.

The conference will take place at the St Bride Foundation (on Fleet Street, a walking distance from Blackfriars Station), and will include lunch, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and a glass of wine (and the chance to chat with us all!) at the end of the day. It’s a jam-packed day so we’ll be starting at around 9.30am and will finish at 6.00pm.

Looking for details of our latest conference? Tickets for the 2014 edition of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) are on sale now.