Panel Discussion: The State of Publishing: Present and Future in association with New Writing South
Saturday 31 August
Venue: East Sussex College Hastings
10.00 to 12.00
Danuta Kean will be speaking to Mark Edwards, Isobel Dixon, Farhana Shaikh and Dan Kieren.
Danuta says ‘More than ever writers – published and unpublished – need to know how the book industry works. Authors need industry knowledge to ensure their book leaps off the shelves and into the hands of readers, whether that is how to find an agent and score a publishing deal or how to publicise their book or what’s the Next Big Thing.
This panel of industry insiders – a leading agent, a bestselling self-published author and a top publisher – chaired by one of the most respected publishing experts in the country promises to give you the information you need. They will be answering questions on everything from how to pitch and what agents and publishers are looking for to how to make your book a bestseller.
This event is a must-see for anyone who aspires to a career as a writer.
Danuta Kean is a respected publishing industry expert and journalist. She writes for the Guardian and is also books editor of Mslexia the writers magazine for women. As well as journalism, she has edited several reports on improving diversity among novelists and in the theatre, the most recent of which was the Arts Council-sponsored Writing the Future and Centre Stage for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
Mark has sold over 2.5 million books since his first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013 and has topped the bestseller lists eight times. His other novels include Follow You Home and The Retreat. His latest novel is Here To Stay, a thriller about in-laws from hell which is partly set in Hastings and Winchelsea Beach.
Originally from Hastings, Mark now lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children, two cats and a golden retriever.
Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She is the founding editor of The Asian Writer. In 2010 she established Dahlia Publishing to publish regional and diverse writing and the Leicester Writes Festival to celebrate local writing talent.
She was part of Curve Theatre’s Cultural Leadership Programme 17/18. In 2017 she won the Penguin/Travelex Next Great Travel Writer competition and has since been longlisted for the Thresholds International Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition and Spread the Word Life Writing Prize. Her short play Risk was developed through the Kali Discovery programme. She is the author of From Imposter to Impact: Arts Leadership in the 21st Century.
Poet and Literary Agent
Isobel is a talented, award-winning poet with several publications under her belt. Originally from South Africa, she currently lives in the UK with her husband. With degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, it was her love for the written word that led her into publishing, where she flourished. Isobel is currently a director at Blake Friedmann. Not only is Isobel a successful poet and literary agent, but she also translates works from Afrikaans into English.