As you may have spotted on our blog and on Twitter, we’re holding the second edition of our sell-out conference, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask), this September. Tickets are selling fast, and today we’re very pleased to announce new speakers!
The day will begin with an overview of the children’s book market from Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor at The Bookseller. Charlotte will cover the key trends of the last year in children’s publishing – which areas are growing, which are declining, and what to expect in the months ahead.
Louise Bolongaro, Nosy Crow’s Head of Picture Books, will deliver a masterclass on what makes the perfect picture book, filled with essential do’s and don’ts – unmissable for any aspiring author (or editor).
Superstar literary agent Hilary Delamere – who represents some of the biggest names in the industry, including Paddington creator Michael Bond, The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs, and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman – will explain the role of the agent throughout the entire publishing process, what she does for her authors and illustrators, and how the job has evolved in an age of social media and self-publishing.
Helen Peters, author of the highly acclaimed The Secret Hen House Theatre, will be back for a Q&A, answering questions on writing fiction and sharing her experience of being published for the first time.
Best-selling author Tracey Corderoy willl draw on her experience of being in front of audiences large and small as she explains how to plan and perform a live event – and why they are important.
Social media expert Adam Tinworth will share some indispensable advice on social media, brand-building, and online marketing – absolutely crucial for anyone who’s new to the world of publishing.
Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Assistant Children’s Buyer, will share her unique experience as both a children’s buyer and former children’s bookseller, explaining what makes a book stand out on a shop floor, what drives sales, and exactly what the commercial realities of children’s book selling are.
Jeff Norton will be talking about different ways of reaching readers in the 21st Century – sharing some things he’s learned, some mistakes he’s made, and looking at what other authors are up to.
And finally, Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, Kate Wilson, will conclude the day with a look ahead – what the future of publishing might hold, how Nosy Crow are innovating in the digital space, and more.
And as well as all that, there’ll also be morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks, lunch, and a glass of wine and homemade cake at the end of the day! It’s promising to be a fantastic – and very busy! – day.
It’s taking place on Saturday September 13, at the St Bride Foundation, London EC4Y 8EQ.
You can still book early bird tickets, either by heading to the conference page here, or with the form below.
Here’s the poster for the conference (click to enlarge):
We hope you can join us!