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In the build-up to the 2016 London Book Fair at Olympia, West London, we’ve published three previews. In this one, you’ll learn about some of the events, talks, and seminars that have caught our attention.

Firstly, here are our other two previews of exhibitors and conferences at this year’s show:

And now to look at some of the other events happening over the week…

 

PEN Literary Salon

PEN International is the international body that campaigns for freedom of expression for writers all over the globe. This part of LBF tackles some of the most important issues facing writers and publishers in today’s world, including censorship, discrimination, and violence. See below for some of the individual talks and seminars that will be held here.

Don’t forget that next to the event area is Foyles Bookshop, the only place at the show where visitors are able to purchase books.

More info here

 

Author HQ

This free-to-attend event (with a LBF pass) is primarily for writers. Talks and seminars will cover topics like getting published, evaluating deals, marketing books and eBooks, navigating new technologies, and much more. With an ever-increasing number of routes to market, Author HQ will offer key advice from the experts on forging a path as a writer. This part of the show will also feature The Write Stuff, where author pitch their books to agents for the chance to win a follow-up meeting, plus agent one-to-ones where writers can get advice on pitching and more.

More info here

 

Our selected events and seminars:

 

Introduction to Publishing – The Roles of Publisher and Agent

Designed for those just getting into publishing, this short seminar provides a short overview of these important two roles. Piers Blofeld talks about the literary agent side, whilst Jeremy Trevathan of Pan Macmillan discusses views from the publisher’s perspective.

Date and time: 12 April, 09.45
Location: Author HQ

More info here

 

User-Centric Design in Platform Development: A Journey of Discovery

Sponsored by Publishing Technology and Copyright Clearance Center, this talk features Vicky Drummond and Jenny Mathias of Cambridge University Press. At the centre of this talk will be the CUP’s project, Cambridge Core, a new digital platform for the publisher’s academic content. Vicky and Jenny will talk about user experience and user journey, and how this should influence design from the very start of a project.

Date and time: 12 April, 10.00
Location: The Faculty

More info here

 

Jeffrey Archer In Conversation

Former MP and Chairman of the Conservative Party Jeffrey Archer is a controversial character that has weathered many storms throughout his career. Aside from his tumultuous political life, Archer is also a best-selling author. He has sole over 330 million books worldwide, and was made a life peer in 1992. This is sure to be a fascinating interview.

Date and time: 12 April, 11.30
Location: English PEN Literary Salon

More info here

 

The Wisdom of Crowds: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is a modern phenomenon that has revolutionised not only the funding of projects and businesses, but also influenced the creative process. Authors and publishers are using crowdsourcing to write their content and market their titles, and this talk discuss how this has impacted the industry. Join Angus Phillips, John Mitchinson, Jan Kasprzycki-Rosikon, and Enrique Parrilla.

Date and time: 12 April, 11.30
Location: Olympia Room Grand Hall

More info here

 

Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Publishing Landscape

Jonathan Telfer and Nicola Solomon host this seminar, covering what authors need to know about publishing and self-publishing. Attendees will learn more about evaluating offers, navigating legal issues, and approaching the modern market with confidence.

Date and time: 12 April, 11.45
Location: Author HQ

More info here

 

The Academic Publisher’s Toolkit: Skills, Career Development and Staying Up-to-Date

This seminar will address the latest trends and themes in academic and professional publishing, covering digital innovation and other key issues. The discussion will be led by Claire Law, Managing Director at publishing industry recruiter Atwood Tate.

Date and time: 12 April, 13.00
Location: The Faculty

More info here

 

Platform Wars: The Scholarly Journal in a Changing World

This seminar will explore the scholarly journal and the transformation of this world in light of technological developments. The expert panel will talk about diversification and the advantages of new technology to researchers, and will also cover the pitfalls of the current systems. Scholarly communication has drastically changed, and the panel will also look at whether the peer review process should be reshaped.

Date and time: 12 April, 14.30
Location: The Faculty

More info here

 

Making Books Trend: From the News Headlines to Twittersphere, How Can Books Set the Agenda?

Speakers will discuss how books can go beyond established platforms, and form a key element of bigger conversations. This seminar will be about how books can tackle social and political issues, raise awareness of global issues, and tap into many different aspects of public life.

Speakers include:

Date and time: 12 April, 14.30
Location: Olympia Room Grand Hall

More info here

 

Successful Social Media Strategies

Social media has revolutionised the way we live, and has changed how consumers behave. This technology gives authors and publishers a new way of connecting with their audience and building communities of interested and loyal followers. This session will cover ways in which authors can build and sustain their social following, and use free tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others. The speakers are Will Rycroft and Simon Appleby.

Date and time: 13 April, 09.45
Location: Author HQ

More info here

 

How to Get Ahead in Publishing

There are plenty of publishing jobs being created, yet getting into publishing can still be time and money consuming, due to employers looking for candidates with an impressive background of skills and experience. How to Get Ahead in Publishing will benefit those looking to make it in the publishing industry and those already on publishing wishing to move on to the next stage of their career. The session will involve hearing from guest speakers who have already managed to establish a triumphant career within the field, who will be providing useful tips for budding publishers.

Date and time: 12 April, 17.30
Location: Olympia Room Grand Hall

More info here

 

Powering Publishing – How to recruit the perfect team

Attracting and hiring top talent can be exceptionally difficult, especially in the constantly changing publishing industry. This is why during this seminar speakers will be discussing the keys to recruiting the perfect team for your business. Topics that will be explored will include best practice to becoming a desirable employer, what the perfect interview process consists of, and how to retain new talent.

Guest speakers include:

Date and time: 13 April, 11.30
Location: Olympia Room Grand Hall

More info here

 

Diversifying the industry: meet the organisations making publishing more inclusive

This seminar includes discussions on greater diversity in publishing. The Publishers Association and the IPG will be giving a general summary of what is already being done/needs to be done and how you can personally get involved in order to ensure publishers are giving people from different backgrounds a chance in the publishing industry.

Guest speakers include:

Date and time: 13 April, 13.00
Location: Olympia Room Grand Hall

More info here

 

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