The Writer’s Summit Line-up Revealed

The Writer’s Summit Line-up Revealed

Guardian’s Alison Flood and Riff Raff Podcast Founders Join Programme


Leading Literary Agents Join ‘Pitch Slam’ as Entries Open


11 November 2017, London


London, 25 September 2017: The London Book Fair and Writer’s Digest are delighted to announce the speaker line-up at their new one-day event for aspiring, debut, hybrid and independent authors – The Writer’s Summit – taking place on Saturday 11 November in London.


Alison Flood, Books Reporter at the Guardian, has been revealed as Co-Chair, alongside Writer’s Digest’s James Woollam. Flood has been the Guardian’s Books Reporter for eight years, covering breaking books news, profiling authors and championing libraries, diversity and freedom of speech. She also contributes to The Bookseller, the Observer, The Author and the Sunday Times.


Amy Baker and Rosy Edwards, authors and founders of the Riff Raff podcast and Riff Raff community for aspiring authors, are also joining the line-up and will run a session on Networking for Discovery. Together they will join an illustrious a line-up of established authors and publishing experts including Fanny Blake, Sam Missingham, Scott Pack and Dean Crawford, who will together provide fresh insight and practical advice for modern-day writers.


The London Book Fair and Writer’s Digest has also revealed the agents taking part in the dedicated Pitch Slam sessions, where Writer’s Summit attendees will be able to pitch their work to leading literary agents face-to-face. The agents taking part are:

  • Oli Munson (AM Heath) whose list includes award-winning, bestselling authors of crime, suspense, thrillers and speculative fiction
  • Anna Hogarty (Madeleine Milburn Agency) whose list spans narrative non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction, projects in the area of mindfulness, meditation and yoga and books with an emphasis on empowerment and self-worth
  • Caroline Sheldon (Caroline Sheldon Agency) whose particular areas of interest are fiction and all types of children’s books
  • Tom Witcomb (Blake Friedman Agency) whose interests span fiction, non-fiction, crime, thrillers, and fantasy

Submissions to the Pitch Slam sessions are NOW OPEN. Sign up here;

Orna O’Brien, Conference Manager of The London Book Fair, said: “With the wealth of choice available it can be challenging for authors to select the most appropriate paths towards publication. This event is designed to present the options and help authors to navigate through this sometimes complicated landscape, while providing hints and tips on how to be successful and generate income from their work. We are delighted to be teaming up with Writer’s Digest to deliver a compelling programme which will appeal to writers, and particularly those at the early stages of their careers.”


James Woollam, Managing Director of Writer’s Digest UK, commented: “Writer’s Digest is proud to be a world-leading resource for aspiring writers. The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York is a flagship industry event and we are delighted to be working with The London Book Fair team to bring a similar experience to London. We’re tremendously excited about the opportunity for writers in what we see as a publishing environment full of opportunity. This conference will tackle some of those key opportunities with insight, ideas and practical actions for writers to take away from the day.”


The Writer’s Summit will feature sessions on writing a killer first ten pages, the life of a writer, the rapidly evolving landscape, promotion and marketing, rights and contracts, social media, and more.


To book your place at The Writer’s Summit and view the full programme please visit:


Ticket price for The Writer’s Summit: £95.00 (incl. VAT)


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9:00 – 18:00 | 11th November 2017

Coin Street Conference Centre | South Bank, London


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