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Self-Publishing: Vanity Fair or Brave New World

The Birkbeck Arts Week takes place in the third week of May and the Writers' Hub will be presenting two events. The first is the May Hubbub with Martina Evans and Benjamin Wood (see the Hubbub section for more details about this). Details of the second event follow below:


Self-Publishing: Vanity Fair or Brave New World

Thursday 17 May, 6-8pm, Room 101 at 30 Russell Square


A panel of guests, chaired by Julia Bell, will discuss the pros, cons and future of self-publishing. Any unpublished writer has probably considered self-publishing but this route has many different implications for readers as well as writers and the publishing industry.


Our special guests are Orna Ross, Alison Baverstock and Karen Inglis:


Orna Ross writes novels, poems and creative nonfiction and has enjoyed publication by Attic Press and Penguin as well as independent self-publishing. She has worked as a university lecturer in creative and imaginative practice and for some years ran a writing school and literary agency in Dublin, Ireland. She now lives in London with regular time in California. Orna is also the founder of The Alliance of Independent Authors which was launched at the London Book Fair this month.


Alison Baverstock is an author, marketing consultant, lecturer and trainer with over 30 years' experience of publishing. She has also developed and carried out numerous training programmes overseas, for the PTC, the Know How Fund, the WHO and for UNESCO. She is the Course Leader for MA Publishing at Kingston University as well as a frequent media commentator on writing and publishing and she speaks at many literary festivals. Her latest book is a Guide to Self-Publishing entitled The Naked Author.


Karen Inglis lives in London, UK, and self-published her first children’s book The Secret Lake in September 2011. Her second book, Eeek! has just come out. The Secret Lake has been very well received and has sold consistently on Amazon/Kindle in the UK and USA, as well as in local independent books shops and branches of Waterstones in south-west London. Early reviews of Eeek! are also very positive and it's been placed in categories for 7+, 9+, Books for Boys, and Books for Reluctant Readers on the respected UK website LoveReading4Kids curated by Julia Eccleshare of The Guardian. By day Karen is a professional copywriter.


Join us to find out more about this topical issue on Thursday 17 May, 6-8pm, Room 101 at 30 Russell Square.



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