TLC’s conference, Writing in a Digital Age proved to be a great success and we would like to thank all of our speakers and delegates who were part of making it a fascinating and productive event. We will be collating more information about its highlights: podcasts, film clips and photographs, etc., so make sure to sign up for the TLC newsletter and follow us on twitter or Facebook.
Here are some of the latest articles about the conference from Bookbrunch, The Guardian, Gulf News, The Bookseller, The Times Literary Supplement, Intelligent Life, The Huffington Post, Publishing Perspectives and 1000heads.com.
Orange Prize-winning novelist Linda Grant
That community had suddenly become relevant to her in an practical and personal way. From then on, she realised that if she treated Twitter right, it would treat her right too. And she didn’t even have to push sales messages out there for her readership to grow.
Molly Flatt comes out and says it like it is: Trying to establish yourself online once you have completed your manuscript, for the sole purpose of flogging said manuscript, will feel like bashing your head against a brick wall.
TL Conference Delegate Laxmi Hariharan‘s recent blog post about TLC’s Writing in a Digital Age conference was picked up by the Huffington Post this morning. As a self-published author herself, Laxmi’s article focuses in particular on the session with bestselling self-published author Robert Kroese. Laxmi writes, “Rob @robkroese is funny, genuine and as one of my fellow delegates commented, “he is one of us”. He likens the league of published authors to an elite night club, with gatekeepers, who decide who gets in and who does not. It struck a chord with me, and I suspect with many of the other ‘waiting to be discovered’ wannabes.”
Laxmi has put together her own quiz with ten points inspired by Robert Kroese’s self-publishing masterclass.
1. Do you want to be discovered or somewhere along the way have you discovered yourself?
2. Do you write to be published or do you write to be read?
3. Are you an entrepreneur, at heart? Do you normally jump in and think of the consequences later. Are you pragmatic about failure–enough to pick yourself up and move on swiftly to the next?
4.Do you like to experiment, and cannot resist a challenge? Do you thrive under pressure, and when the odds are stacked against you?
5.Are you impatient, probably a control freak? In fact, you want to control your own destiny, so keep checking in with the stars to find out what’s going to happen in your life, so you can steer it the way you want.
Click here to finish the quiz and read Laxmi’s full article in the Huffington Post.
The Canon Tales event will include ten of the most exciting publishers and agents in the UK, who will present their love of literature and what excites them, and the stories behind some of their favourite discoveries, through a series of rapid-fire visual images. A unique and hugely entertaining experience that will get you up close to the key people behind the slush pile. Click here to read about a previous Canon Tales event.
May 2011 the Karolina held a live webchat session with Guardian readers. Click here to read her frank and concise answers about what goes into literary agenting.
June 8-9th 2012, TLC offers an up-to-the-minute conference to make sense of the many possibilities open to writers today, with practical sessions, workshops, case studies, working examples, debates and networking.
Speakers include leading authors and industry figures: HARI KUNZRU, KATE MOSSE, NICOLA MORGAN, SIMON TREWIN, MARIA REJT, CATHRYN SUMMERHAYES, LINDA GRANT, DAVID GODWIN, ROBERT KROESE, KAROLINA SUTTON, plus many more!
The discussions will explore the key issues facing writers, such as making and selling ebooks, choosing to self-publish or go via traditional routes, an exploration of the emerging international markets, how technology changes literary forms, social media and other promotional tools.
In addition, the second day will offer a fast-paced presentation hosted by ten of the most exciting and engaged publishers and agents in the country, who will talk about the stories behind the books and what drives their own work in the industry. To top it off, the conference also sees the introduction of our very own “PEN FACTOR”, an open panel critique of six fictional projects, submitted by delegates.
Click here for more detailed information about the conference and the full programme. or email TLC at: email@example.com.
EARLY BIRD OFFER – If you book for The Literary Conference before April 30th, you will be eligible to receive a TLC manuscript assessment at 50% off on 50 page extracts. Click here for more information.
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Include May date in Bristol (24th May) as an event away from home.
Welcome to the Launch of a new bio on Emily D.
Enjoyable evening with theatre, wine and readings from the new book.
Emily and I is a new bio written by Rebecca Swift
TLC’s Big Publishing Debate created quite a stir back in September and continued interest from overseas writer’s magazines shows that these are prevalent issues for the non-English speaking publishing world alike.
Swedish Literary Adventurer, Katarina Trodden, who writes for the Swedish Authors’ Union, published an article about our debate and highlighted the important issues for writers that were raised by the panel and the audience that evening. For more information about the original debate or to read Robert McCrum’s articles in the Guardian, click here. The Author, published by the Swedish Authors’ Union six times a year, publishes articles that deal with authors’ and translators’ rights, freedom of speech and the publishing industry in Sweden and also includes information about scholarships, events and global publishing news. The website is in both Swedish and English.
TLC will be at the Author Lounge at this year’s London Book Fair everyday between 11th – 13th April. TLC director, Rebecca Swift will hold a Q & A session about how TLC works, and answer questions about the publishing industry. Jess Porter or Solvej Todd will be on hand to help and answer any questions.
This year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the LBF and the fair will offer a wide variety of exciting events, lectures and discussions for both writers and industry professionals. Writers can come and hear Julia Donaldson talk about writing for children, join in a cookery demonstration at the Book Book Corner and finish with an interview with a celebrated author in the English PEN Literary Cafe.
The Free Word centre will also have a stand representing itself and all its resident organisations. Click here to order tickets in advance and avoid the queues.
TLC holds a day of literary talks and workshops at Morley College
In conjunction with London literary development body Spread The Word, TLC held a day of talks and workshops for writers. Learn more at spreadtheword.co.uk.