Contributors

Suzanne Kavanagh is Director of Marketing and Membership Services at ALPSP (The Association of Learned & Society Publishers). She has worked in the publishing industry for over 15 years, holding senior sales and marketing positions at Routledge/T&F, Continuum Publishing Group, and most recently as Partnership Manager for Publishing at Creative Skillset. She holds an IDM Diploma in Direct Marketing and has worked as a consultant with a range of clients. She was also a visiting lecturer at City University on the MA in Publishing Studies.3 Articles


Chris Smith is co-founder of Prolifiko, an intelligent digital coach helping writers to keep focused, keep motivated and hit their deadlines. He’s also a blogger and an award-winning scriptwriter. Follow Prolifiko at @beprolifiko.3 Articles


Matthew De Abaitua’s first novel The Red Men was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award and has been republished by Gollancz to coincide with the release of Shynola’s short film, Dr Easy, which is adapted from the first chapter. His non-fiction memoir and history, The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars was published in 2011 by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin. The Economist described it as one of the books of the year. His next two novels, "If Then" and "The Destructives" were signed by Angry Robot Books in December 2014. Matthew lectures on Creative Writing at Brunel University and Writing Science Fiction at the University of Essex. Visit his website at www.harrybravado.com or follow him on Twitter at @MDeAbaitua.2 Articles


Bec Evans is an innovation consultant for the publishing and creative writing sectors and co-founder of Prolifiko, a digital productivity coach for writers. She is also head of innovation at Emerald Publishing. She has spent a lifetime reading, writing and working with writers. From her first job in a bookshop, to a career in publishing, and several years managing a writers’ retreat centre for Arvon, she’s obsessed with working out what helps writers write. Follow her on Twitter at @Eva_Bec or @beprolifiko.2 Articles


Emily Benet is a half Welsh - half Spanish Londoner, currently living on the beautiful island of Mallorca. Wherever she's lived her passion for writing has followed. Her debut book Shop Girl Diaries began as a blog about working in her Mum's eccentric chandelier shop. It won the CompletelyNovel Author Blog Awards at the London Book Fair. Her second book, a romantic comedy called The Temp, also began its life online, as a serialised novel on Wattpad and racked up two million hits under its original title Spray Painted Bananas. Her latest novel, #PleaseRetweet (HarperCollinsUK, 2015), teases society's obsession with celebrity and social media. She blogs at www.emilybenet.com, can be found on Facebook and tweets as @EmilyBenet.2 Articles


Andrew Lownie, the bestselling literary agent in the world according to Publishers Marketplace, was short-listed for The Bookseller UK literary agent of the year in 2014 and 2015. He has run his own agency, the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, since 1988 having previously been a director of Curtis Brown and worked as a bookseller, journalist and publisher. He has served on the committee of EnglishPen and in 1997 founded the Biographers Club, a networking organisation for biographers of which he is now President. He is also the author himself of several books, including Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess.2 Articles


Sarah Juckes is a YA writer who works with The Writer’s Workshop, one of the largest editorial consultancies in the UK, and Agent Hunter, a comprehensive online database of literary agents. She was formerly the communications manager for CompletelyNovel, a publishing platform and author community specialising in print-on-demand. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahannjuckes.2 Articles


Julia Bell is a writer and Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London where she teaches on the Creative Writing MA and is Project Director of the Writers' Hub website. She is the author of three novels, including The Dark Light, the co editor of The Creative Writing Coursebook as well as three volumes of short stories including The Sea In Birmingham. She also takes photographs, writes poetry, short stories, occasional essays and journalism, and is the co-curator of spoken word night In Yer Ear. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaBell.1 Articles



Mindy Gibbins-Klein MBA FPSA FRSA is a multi-award-winning international speaker, author and thought leadership strategist. Her flagship book 24 Carat BOLD outlines the four attributes found in true thought leaders. Her latest book The Thoughtful Leader takes thought leadership to a new level. Founder and CEO of REAL Thought Leaders, The Book Midwife® and Panoma Press, Mindy has authored and co-authored eight books. She is also a regular contributor to the business press on thought leadership and raising your profile. Follow her on Twitter at @bookmidwife.1 Articles


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