Speakers at the 2019 7th 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.
Orna Ross is an award-winning and bestselling independent author. She writes novels, poems and non-fiction for other indie authors and creative entrepreneurs. A creative facilitator and advocate for self-publishing and digital micro-business for creatives, she is Founder-Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors and has repeatedly been named “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” (The Bookseller).
Jane Corry is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers, The Dead Ex, Blood Sisters and My Husband’s Wife.
Stephen Booth is a former newspaper journalist and the author of the best-selling Cooper and Fry crime series. His books have won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and are translated into 16 languages. As well as teaching writing courses, Stephen is a director of the writer development agency Writing East Midlands, and has self-published 16 titles under his own imprints.
Kate Nash runs the Kate Nash Literary Agency, based near Northampton. She has seen every side of publishing and set up her own literary agency so she could do ‘the best job in publishing’. Kate’s reading tastes – from romance to thrillers – are highly commercial. Kate enjoys travel, wine, the theatre and fine art. She is also a trustee of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), a 150-year-old charity who are the UK publishers to the Holy See.
Clive Herbert is Head of Professional Services at Nielsen, the organisation that coordinates bibliographic data services for the book industry in the UK. He works with publishers to support them in supplying quality, comprehensive data to Nielsen, and advises on data supply arrangements and bibliographic standards.
Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy. She is a Trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins. Since 2014, Aki has been a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers. In 2018 she was named as one of the FutureBook 40, and nominated for an h100 Award for her #BookJobTransparency campaign.
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.
Morgen Bailey is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, writing magazine columnist, blogger, speaker and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions. She also runs her own free monthly 100-word competition and has most recently been a NAWG tutor.
Ben Cameron has over 25 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. Over the last 12 years, Ben and his team have worked on hundreds of campaigns for everyone from big publishers to small independent authors and pretty much every subject imaginable.
Angelena Boden trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching. She has spent a lifetime travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes, walks the hills and paints. She is the author of two traditionally published novels and many articles and blogs. Her most recent novel Edna’s Death Cafe is published as an ebook by Matador.
Anne Cater began writing her blog ‘Random Things Through My Letterbox’ in 2011, as a way to shout about the books that she loves. She is founder of the Facebook group Book Connectors, which has 4000 members, a thriving and vibrant community where authors and bloggers connect. She reviews commercial women’s fiction for the Books on Friday feature in the Daily Express. Anne organises Blog Tours for some of the largest publishers including Transworld, Headline and Pan Macmillan.
Jeremy Thompson 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.
Richard Sheehan is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader and has edited over 200 books, working with mainstream big-name publishers as well as smaller independent presses. He’s also worked directly with many authors from all around the world.
Ian Nichol is a retired accountant who has done most of the things you can do as a public speaker – TV and radio, eulogies at weddings and funerals, business speeches, keynote addresses and after-dinner entertainment. He has encountered nearly all the things that can go wrong in public speaking and has learned how to put them right or, even better, to prevent them from happening in the first place. He has a highly practical tale to tell.
Georgia Kirke established Write Business Results in 2015 to work with busy, growth-focused
entrepreneurs, producing and promoting high-quality business books to serve them as expert positioning tools. WBR helps entrepreneurs become published authors in order to grow their business and become the industry expert and own the space they’re in.
Lawrence Prestidge is an Oxfordshire based Children’s Author and freelance Drama Teacher. He has self-published four children’s books with Matador, including Rolo, Terror at the Sweet Shop and Chester’s Fairground, and regularly visits schools to give readings and talk about his books with the children. His books are regularly reprinted, with lifetime sales reaching into the many thousands.
Philippa Iliffe 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 retail trade and media (broadcast, print and online) of around ten new titles each month (fiction and non-fiction), working with authors and journalists to achieve wide media coverage and reviews.
Dave Hill graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983 and began his career as a painter with exhibitions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and London. He worked in the video game industry for ten years as a concept artist. As a freelance illustrator, Dave’s passion is children’s books, although he has also illustrated comic books, storyboards, greeting cards and product packaging. He produces most of his work digitally, although he still accepts traditional commissions and paints in oils and watercolour.
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. She has also recently taken charge of coordinating of the company’s new audiobook production and distribution service.
Rosie Lowe is Assistant Production Manager at Troubador Publishing, working with self-publishing authors to bring their manuscript to the market. She undertakes both text and cover design work herself, coordinates production work on up to 10 new titles published each month, and is responsible for arranging overseas print ‘on demand’ distribution on new titles.
Joe Shillito is Senior Production Controller at Troubador Publishing, 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. Joe is also responsible for implementing quality checks on all typesetting at the company, and organising training in the subject.
Chelsea Taylor is Production Manager at Troubador Publishing, 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 eight staff responsible for the production of over 650 new titles a year, and is herself a very experienced book cover designer.
Alexa Davies is the Assistant Marketing Manager at Troubador Publishing, responsible for marketing a range of titles across non-fiction, fiction and children’s titles to the retail trade and media. Alexa is also in charge of the company’s social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, ensuring that the various channels’ content reaches the widest possible audience for authors’ books.
Stephanie Carr works in ebook marketing at Troubador Publishing. She is responsible for marketing ebooks to e-retailers and wholesalers, marketing to the media, organising online ebook advertising and coordinating submission to e-retailers for promotions.
Andy Vosper is the Sales Director at TJ International, a 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.
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 and advice covering:
- Book Production (Typesetting, Cover Design)
- Marketing (Books and Ebooks)
- Analysis on trends within self-publishing
- Insight into specialist publishing fields
- Workshops on specific topics