Speakers at the 6th 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.
James is a publisher and consultant, commissioning books for Profile under his imprint Pursuit and helping companies with branding and copy. He is an influential thinker and speaker in the publishing industry and founder of The Spare Room Project, a regional diversity initiative. His career has involved roles with Bloomsbury, John Murray, Hodder & Stoughton and Osprey Group.
Molly Flatt is an author and journalist who specialises in the impact of technology on publishing, culture and identity. She is Associate Editor of FutureBook, Associate Editor of The Memo, Digital Editor of PHOENIX magazine and her debut novel, The Charmed Life of Alex Moore, will be published by Pan Macmillan this May.
Morgen Bailey is a multi-genre author, freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor, Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, NLG, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions.
Mike Bastin is an independent creative consultant. His drawing ability became apparent at an early age, and continued through into college, where he gained a degree in architecture. Mike later moved into graphic art and design, and for the past 35 years has been designing, illustrating and visualising professionally for agencies, publishers and independent clients.
Ian Billings is a comic, writer of over 23 books and plays, and an actor. He is a veteran of over 50 pantomimes having performed with, directed or written for stars such as Frankie Howerd. He has established himself as one of the country’s leading stand-up comics for kids. 2017 saw a flurry of literary activity with six new children’s books being published.
Andy Bromley is a Senior Manager at Ingram, supporting IngramSpark in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has experience in HE publishing, working for Pearson Education and Cambridge University Press. Andy is currently working on the global development of ipage, Ingram’s direct ordering system between bookstores and businesses of Ingram.
Stephanie has worked in Troubador’s Ebook Department since 2016. She specialises in the marketing of ebooks to retailers and the media, coordinating the company’s trade submissions and working with reviewers to achieve review coverage.
Alison Chisholm is an award-winning poet, tutor and adjudicator. She is a poetry columnist for Writing Magazine, and wrote the distance learning course in poetry for The Writers Bureau. She has led courses at writing conferences in the UK and overseas. Seven of her collections have been published by commercial publishers, but she prefers the artistic freedom of self publication.
Alexa Davies is part of a four-strong marketing team at Troubador, where she assists in the organisation of the department’s activities. Her particular interest is in social media marketing for books using the likes of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for promotion. She also coordinates the marketing of a range of titles each month to both the media and retailers.
Andrew Davis acts as the first port of call for publishers wanting to understand legal deposit in the UK. He is responsible for working with publishers to ensure the archive of UK publishing remains relevant & comprehensive in a digital world as it has for centuries in the printed world.
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.
Pip worked in arts marketing at a leading university before joining The Book Guild Ltd as Marketing Controller. She is responsible for the day-to-day marketing to the media of around ten new titles each month, working with authors and journalists to achieve wide media coverage and reviews.
Helen Lewis is director of LitPR (literallypr.com), a publicity agency specialising in publishing, food, drinks and business. Helen has more than 17 years experience of working in the media, publishing and PR industries, and is a prize-winning entrepreneur. Helen has worked with more than 250 authors, literary agents and publishers during her time at LitPR. @literallypr
Ashley Lister is the author of more than thirty novels and a hundred short stories, as well as several poems and a handful of academic articles. He currently teaches creative writing to undergraduates and is in the final year of his creative writing PhD, which combines his fascination with short fiction and his obsession with the structure of plot.
Megan Lockwood-Jones runs the three-strong Ebook Department at Troubador. She and her team handle the conversion and distribution of up to 40 new ebooks a month, along with marketing them to retailers and online reviewers.
Rosie Lowe is an experienced Production Controller at publisher Matador, working with self-publishing authors to bring their manuscript to the market. She undertakes both text and cover design work herself, and coordinates production work on up to 10 new titles published each month.
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.
Joe Shillito is an experienced Production Controller at publisher Matador, working with self-publishing authors to bring their manuscript to the market. He specialises in text design and typesetting using Adobe InDesign software, and coordinates production work on up to 10 new titles published each month.
Aki is Director of The Literary Consultancy and a member of the Advisory Board for publisher Penned in the Margins, a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers. Aki is a member of the #BAMEinPublishing network, and an advocate for improved diversity and accessibility in the literature sector. @TLCUK @AkiSchilz
Chelsea is Production Manager at Troubador Publishing Ltd, overseeing the book production process from typesetting and layout through front and rear cover design, guiding authors from manuscript to print. She heads a team of seven staff responsible for the production of over 600 new titles a year, and is herself a very experienced book cover designer.
Jeremy is the founder and MD of Troubador Publishing, with over 30 years experience in commercial and self-publishing. He founded the Matador self-publishing imprint in 1999, launched the Self-Publishing Conference in 2013 and acquired The Book Guild for Troubador in 2015. Jeremy regularly speaks at conferences on self-publishing, including the London Book Fair, Self-Publishing Conference and the Westminster Media Forum.
Before joining Troubador Publishing in early 2017, Jonathan worked for many years, and in many different roles, within the book industry. Before moving over to publishing he ran several different major bookshops in London. In the publishing world he has worked for OUP, Chrysalis Books, Anova Books and Phaidon, among others.
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