Speakers confirmed for the 5th Self-Publishing Conference
Details of professionals from across the industry who have confirmed their attendance as speakers at the conference. New speakers will be added as they are confirmed.
Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities, and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He works as a consultant to the publishing industry and is often invited to speak at international conferences and events.
Alysoun Owen is the Editor of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. Alysoun also works as a publishing consultant with extensive experience of researching, initiating and managing complex and high-profile publishing projects.
Alice Jolly has published two novels with Simon and Schuster and has been commissioned four times by the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. She has also written for Paines Plough and her work has been performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden and The Space, East London. Her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns was published by Unbound in 2015.
Andy Vosper is the Deputy Chief Executive of TJ International, a leading UK book manufacturer producing titles for a diverse range of publishers in the UK and internationally. He has over 30 years’ experience in book production and has been working with publishers across academic and trade markets, establishing long term relationships in quality book manufacturing.
Clive Herbert joined Nielsen in 2002 as Publisher Relations Manager and has worked with publishers large and small, helping them to improve the quality of their bibliographic data to support their sales and marketing activities. Clive is Head of Publisher Services which includes account management and client servicing of publishers worldwide.
Cameron Publicity and Marketing founder Ben Cameron has over 20 years of experience in book promotion, publishing and sales with both traditional publishers and self-published authors. In 2006 he created Cameron Publicity & Marketing to offer the same marketing services that large publishers benefit from to all authors. He has worked with both independent and big publishers.
Louise Jordan was one of the original founders of The Writers’ Advice Centre in 1994 and has been in the children’s publishing industry for over 20 years. Before founding the Advice Centre, Louise worked as Reader for Puffin. She is the author of bestselling book How to Write for Children and Get Published (Piatkus) and is a contributor to The Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015.
Cressida Downing has worked in publishing and bookselling for over 20 years. As a freelance editorial consultant, she works for literary agents, publishers and directly for authors. She would buy books rather than clothes or food or make-up, and lives in East Anglia with two children, two cats, and one husband.
Rosie Burbridge graduated from Nottingham University in 2005 with a BA in English Language and Literature. Before joining Fox Williams, Rosie trained at Olswang and qualified as a solicitor in 2010. She later practised at Rouse, a well-known niche IP firm. In 2011, she gained her Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Oxford University.
James Peak spent ten years as a Producer & Director making BBC documentaries like ‘Back to the Floor’ and ‘Trouble at the Top’, and children’s programmes like ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘GCSE Bitesize’. Seduced by digital, he went on to develop the start-up videojug.com, where he wrote the 75 million hit web series ‘The Love Story’.
Julia Eccleshare is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer, and the Guardian’s children’s books editor. She is a judge of the Branford Boase first novel prize and was a judge for the Whitbread Children’s Book prize in 2001. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books.
Andrew Lowe writes psychological thrillers, novels and short stories. When he’s not working on his own words, he’s a firm but friendly editor with over twenty years’ experience in working with copy – as writer, rewriter, commissioning editor and editor. Andrew prefers to work with fiction, and he has edited in several genres including fantasy, thriller, crime, western, and contemporary women’s fiction.
Angela Fish is a writer who specialises in intergenerational communication, women’s writing and Welsh Writing in English. She gained her MPhil in Literature at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1995, and became a principal lecturer there until 2009. She also established and directed the Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice.
Ginny Carter, The Author Maker, is a business book ghostwriter, book writing coach and author. She’s on a mission to transform established speakers, coaches and consultants from everyday experts into respected thought leaders and in-demand speakers, through the book that grows their reputation and expands their business.
Jeremy Thompson is Managing Director of Troubador Publishing Ltd, which runs the Matador imprint, organises the Self-Publishing Conference, runs The Self-Publishing Magazine and which also owns The Book Guild Ltd. He has over 30 years experience in publishing, marketing and distributing books and ebooks, and over 20 years’ experience in the self-publishing sector. He regularly speaks at conferences and industry forums on self-publishing.
Rachel is Matador’s Ebook Programme Manager, responsible for the production, distribution and marketing of over 400 new titles annually. She is also editor of The Self-Publishing Magazine, advising on all aspects of book and ebook self-publishing to new and experienced authors alike.
Chelsea Taylor is the Production Manager at Troubador Publishing Ltd, overseeing all aspects of the book production process, guiding authors from manuscript to print. Chelsea heads a team of seven production staff responsible for the production of over 600 new titles a year, and is an experienced book cover designer.
Alice Graham is the Assistant Marketing Manager at Troubador Publishing Ltd. She works with self-publishing authors on a daily basis to help them market their books effectively, and works closely with the book retail trade and the media to promote new titles.
Marion Molteno is a novelist and editor with experience of both conventional and self-publishing. Two of her novels have won prizes and her latest, Uncertain light, was a finalist in the international Indie Book Awards. She is the founder of two self-publishing initiatives: Longstone Books guides writers through publishing and promoting their own books, and Our Lives Press supports people who have come to Britain as adults and have unusual life stories to write and publish them.
In 2009, Debbie opened her dream bookshop. Since then, she’s set up bookclubs, hosted and provided books for events in the shop and at various venues in the city and county and founded an annual Book Festival. The bookshop has won Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year, Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year, Caboodle Bookshop of the Month and three James Patterson Awards for their work promoting children’s books.
The speakers at the conference are all experienced professionals with specialist skills across the self-publishing industry. They can offer a wealth of information spanning decades and will provide information covering:
- Book Production
- Analysis on trends within self-publishing
- Insight in specialist fields