Sarah Such is a literary agent and founder of Sarah Such Literary Agency, a thriving London-based independent representing a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year three times, and previously held a variety of senior publishing roles including publicity director at Penguin Books UK, senior editor at Hodder & Stoughton and editorial director at Duckworth. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahsuch.1 Articles

Daniel Smith is an author and editor. He has published some thirty works of non-fiction including The Ardlamont Mystery: The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes (Michael O'Mara Books, 2018) and The Spade as Mighty as the Sword: The Story of World War Two's 'Dig for Victory' Campaign (Aurum Press, 2011). His other books include ten titles in Michael O'Mara’s biographical How to Think Like... series, a four-book series for Quercus (100 Places You Will Never Visit/Things You Will Never Do/Things You Will Never Find/Things They Don’t Want You to Know) and Around the World in 50 Ways (Lonely Plant Kids). He lives in East London with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter at @dansmith_writer.1 Articles

Laura Austin has been working in educational publishing for nearly five years, firstly in editorial and more recently in sales. She is co-founder of BookMachine and is behind the sales and publicity linked to the site and events. She is also a regular contributor to the site and is also a blogger for the Oxford University Press ELT blog. Follow her on Twitter at @lauraaustinnow.1 Articles

Linda Gillard lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has been an actress, journalist and teacher. She is the author of six novels, including Star Gazing, short-listed in 2009 for Romantic Novel of the Year and House of Silence, which became a Kindle bestseller, selected by Amazon as one of their Top Ten ‘Best of 2011’ in the Indie Author category. Linda has published two more new novels on Kindle: a romantic drama, Untying the Knot, and most recently, The Glass Guardian, a supernatural love story. Find out more at or on her author page on Facebook.1 Articles

Before joining The Agency (formerly Lemon, Unna and Durbridge) over 20 years ago, Hilary Delamere worked for several different publishing houses including Penguin Children’s Books as rights director. She now represents a wide range of authors and illustrators, from award-winning to emerging talent, including the UK’s Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Paddington’s creator Michael Bond, Raymond Briggs, Lydia Monks, the late Lara Jones and her creation Poppy Cat, which is returning for a second animated TV series, and Ted Dewan, whose Bing Bunny launched on CBeebies in summer 2014. Follow her on Twitter at @hilary_delamere.1 Articles

John Purkiss is the co-author of Brand You: Turn Your Unique Talents into a Winning Formula (Pearson). He studied economics at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD. John has worked in banking, management consultancy, sales, marketing and executive search. He was a partner with Heidrick & Struggles and now runs the leadership practice at Veni Partners. Find him at and follow him on Twitter at @JohnPurkiss.1 Articles

Isabel Losada has worked as an actress, singer, dancer, researcher, TV producer, broadcaster, public speaker, comedian and author. She remains firmly committed to narrative non fiction & swimming against the tide. Her books include The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, The Battersea Park Road to Paradise, For Tibet with Love, Men, and Sensation: Adventures in Sex, Love and Laughter. Find her at, follow her on Twitter at @IsabelLosada and on Instagram at @isabeljmlosada.1 Articles

Ben Galley is a best-selling dark fantasy author from the UK. He is the author of the epic Emaneska Series, and a new YA western fantasy series, the Scarlet Star Trilogy. When he’s not dreaming up lies to tell his readers, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant and Guardian Masterclass tutor, helping fellow authors to publish and sell their books at Ben can be found being loquacious and attempting to be witty on Twitter at @BenGalley, on Facebook at /BenGalleyAuthor or at his website Articles

Ben Hatch is the author of Road to Rouen and Are We Nearly There Yet? A Family’s 8,000 Mile Car Journey Around Britain - which was named BBC Radio 2 Book of the Year and voted Amazon Customers’ Favourite Kindle Read in 2011. In association with his wife Dinah, he has also written three guidebooks for Frommer's: Scotland With Your Family, England With Your Family, and Britain For Free. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHatch.1 Articles

Alison Baverstock is Associate Professor of Publishing at Kingston University and the author of The Naked Author: A guide to self-publishing (Bloomsbury) and How to Market Books (Routledge), which is now available in a 5th edition. Follow her on Twitter at @alisonbav.1 Articles

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