The Literary Consultancy is delighted to announce the programme for its 2014 Writing in a Digital Age Literary Conference. TLC’s third conference will be held over three days of panels, workshops and discussion, with pioneering author Cory Doctorow delivering this year’s opening keynote.
A publishing industry snapshot in a year when Amazon claim that 25% of profits were made from self-publishing, with Steve Bohme (Nielsen Books), James Gill (United Agents), Stephen Page (Faber & Faber), and the Guardian’s Claire Armitstead
A presentation by some of publishing’s visionaries about how writers can carry their stories across a range of storytelling mediums, including Jon Ingold (Inkle) and Francis Bickmore (Canongate)
‘The Writer in the Machine’, a must-not-miss in-depth session led by Orna Ross and entrepreneurial author Joanna Penn, presenting case studies that explore how writers can become ‘creative directors’ of their own careers, and what it takes to succeed in different corners of the market
Modern book criticism will come in for some hard questioning with book blogging’s first lady, Dovegreyreader and writer and journalist Sam Leith among others, asking whether book reviews have any real value to offer any more
And back by popular demand: Canon Tales, a rapid-fire presentation that lifts the lid of what drives nine of the UK’s top players in the world of books and digital, including author and journalist Kamila Shamsie, Max Porter (Granta Books), Maggie Fergusson (RSL, and author), Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich) and Daniel Cooper (Former Amazon Head of KD Publishing, self-published author)
In addition, this year’s Pen Factor Writing Competition is open to all attending writers for works submitted not currently in print. With the help of Kobo Writing Life, the winner will be offered a year’s access to TLC literary and publishing events at Free Word Centre, and editorial and advisory support. Two runners-up will receive free Kobo e-readers, and a further twelve entrants will also benefit from advice given during a pitching and feedback session run on the bonus third day.