One of the most enjoyable aspects of my writing life is sharing my passion for reading and writing. There is no substitute for face-to-face contact, whether it’s responding to an invitation from a book club to discuss one of my novels, a writers’ group who are interested my journey from winning the Daily Mail First Novel Award to indie author, or those wanting to keep up to speed with the rapidly evolving publishing industry, a library service wishing to engage with the indie author community, a reading and book signing event hosted by a bookshop or at a literary festival.
More about my talks and events below or if you want to host a book club there are lots of resources on the Book clubs page.
On 17th September I chaired the historical fiction panel at Tiskele Lit Fest. See how I got on! (With Orna Ross, Radhika Swarup, Jane Dixon-Smith and Alison Morton. )
From Daily Mail award winner to indie author…
Talks can be tailored to meet individual requirements and I am comfortable in any setting. For example, I have presented a talk to a camera clubs about photographers who influenced my historical novel, I Stopped Time.
Charges vary depending on preparation time, travel distance/time and the possibility of book sales or longer-term gains and relationships. Occasionally I may waive my fees or ask for a donation to a charity that supports literacy and reading in the UK. Expenses are charged at cost.
Previous discussion and presentation topics have included:
- My journey from winning the Daily Mail First Novel Award to indie author
- Crafting a novel
- Self-publishing workshops, suitable for writers’ groups and library services
- No place for amateurs ( a talk about self-publishing)
- Publishing: Where are we now? (For this, I generally team up with a traditionally published author to ensure a balance in views)
- Open up to Indies (aimed at libraries and booksellers)
- Utilising social media as part of a marketing campaign
- Developing your author brand
- Book cover design
“I found your talk fascinating and the breadth of knowledge you have about self-publishing made it even more meaningful.” Janet Thomas, Programme Manager, Surrey County Council Libraries
“Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for taking the time to talk to our members this evening with such passion and insight.” Graeme Hodge, Librarian at Nescot
“The feedback we received was very positive” Waterstone’s Guildford
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Please contact me with your specific requirements. I would love to help make your event a success.