I’ve seen the Future – London Author Fair, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden.
Posted by Lizzie Lamb
At first sight, the programme for the first ever London Author Fair looked interesting, yet so much looks interesting these days, particularly if you’re the type of writer who finds business fascinating.
So after weighing up the pros and cons, money invested, energy expended, and a whole day writing sucked away forever – I used the first ever London Author Fair as a totally, valid excuse to whiz to the capital and procrastinate with all the other authors in attendance. However, if I thought a lazy day, swanning about, taking leisurely notes was on the cards, I was in for a short, sharp, kick in the pants.
The London Author Fair was high energy, full-on, non-stop and totally absorbing. With no less than 21 workshops – running con-currently – nine seminars and over 50 publishing professionals giving talks, hosting, teaching, sharing their expertise and industry knowledge; it was one of those days where I wanted to put everything on a memory stick and download it directly into my brain.
It managed to be a huge event and a one-to-one experience at the same time. I chatted with well- known literary agents, a couple of journalists, made friends with award-winning authors, learned about Discoverability – yes, there was some pretty amazing American input throughout – and generally had a brilliant day. All made even more pleasurable by the arrival of best-selling authoress and chum , Adele Parks, who spoke eloquently and realistically about the industry, making a staunch and much applauded defence of good books and good writing whatever the genre, length or format.
In short, the industry is not changing, it HAS changed; the task now is managing change; but fear not, I’ve seen the future, and it’s definitely author-shaped!
About Lizzie LambI write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.
Posted on May 26, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged author, books, literary agents, london book fair, networking, workshop. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
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Wow! Sounds a really great experience.
It was Rosie, and a date not to be missed next year. I hear there’s one planned in New York this fall, as our American cousins say, now that I would like to be at!
Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan.
A brilliant summing-up, Adrienne.
As you say, it’s always hard weighing up the pros and cons of going to these things. This one sounds a winner.
Thanks for sharing!
Terrific blog, Adrienne. The more you read on the social network, on blogs, Facebook posts, Twitter, the more you realize how much has changed at breakneck speed.. Even since the four of us set out to realize our dream in summer 2012.
Sounds like a fabulous event, Adrienne. Thanks so much for sharing your experience of it with us! 🙂 Xx
Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
I should have attended this fair with Adrienne but was struck down by the lurgy – gah.
I was so engrossed in reading this that I nearly forgot to comment. Great write up of a great event. So many agents/publishers and authors are in denial about the changes taking place in publishing right now, but this report from the front line brings us all up to date. WTG, Adrienne.