Neil Gaiman to appear at LBF Digital Minds Conference 2013

Digitally pioneering author will be keynote speaker at April conference

The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, is delighted to announce that author Neil Gaiman will give a keynote speech at the fifth Digital Minds Conference on Sunday 14 April 2013.
Neil Gaiman has become an internationally recognised author brand via his bestselling novels such as American Gods and Coraline, graphic novels, films and TV programmes.

For the last decade, his embrace of social media via his blog and Twitter presence as @neilhimself has elevated him to superstar status and nurtured a vast, loyal and vocal online community of readers for his works.  As a writer whose stories cross genres, Gaiman enjoys success across multiple media embodying all of the themes that the Digital Minds Conference will explore in its fifth edition.

Jacks Thomas, Senior Exhibition Director at The London Book Fair said: “Neil is a pioneering author — one of the first author bloggers, he has made himself a digital phenomenon, with an incredible 1.8 million followers on Twitter. I am delighted that he has agreed to give a keynote speech at Digital Minds – his success and expertise exemplify everything we hope to explore at the conference. 

Delegates will find Neil’s perspective on engaging with his audience invaluable and the opportunity of hearing how his familiarity with using social media came about is gold dust for all wannabe online community builders. We’re so pleased to be able to welcome Neil to DMC 2013.”

Digital Minds – the Future of Publishing Content, sponsored by Jouve and the Copyright Clearance Centre, will deliver an international line-up of speakers to ensure attendees benefit from up-to-the minute information and insight on digital trends from world leaders in digital content creation and provision. Confirmed speakers so far include:
• Will Atkinson, Faber & Faber on the year in digital so far
• Robert Levine, author of Free Ride, on the changing publishing ecosystems, and its threats and opportunities for traditional content owners
• Javier Celaya, Dosdoce; Anna Lewis, Valobo; Henrik Berggren, Readmill; Molly Barton Penguin Group, Santos Palazzi, Planeta on Working with Start-ups
• John Bond, Whitefox, Mark Coker, Smashwords; Sophie Rochester, The Literary Platform on self-publishing and the hybrid author
• Eloy Sasot, HarperCollins on business model trends
• Oliver Dyer, SKEW on brand strategy
• Dan Franklin, Random House; Pablo Defendini, Safari; Mark Witowski, Jouve; Blaine Cooke, Poetica: Darren Nash, Orion on The Changing Editorial role in the Digital Now
• Carlo Carrenho on The Importance of New Markets: Focus on China; Brazil and Turkey

Conference chair Sara Lloyd commented, “I’m delighted to have been asked to chair this year’s Digital Minds conference, which will reflect an industry that has wholeheartedly embraced the digital publishing opportunity. As the ebook market in the UK and US matures and establishes itself significantly in international markets, we will discuss what this means for content publishing now. Our exciting programme will focus on helping publishers address and resolve the biggest challenges of 2013: discovery in a world of shrinking physical shelf space and the urgent need for direct reader engagement. I’m excited to meet and introduce this year’s impressive line-up of speakers and I hope to see you all there!” The conference will take place on Sunday before The London Book Fair (14 April 2013) at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.

The conference will build on the success of previous years, appealing to a global demographic with delegates and speakers coming from across the publishing industry and the media more widely. The format will remain fully interactive with live learning, networking, and a continued emphasis on experiential sessions.

Tickets are on sale now on Early Bird discount (until 15 Feb): £300 +VAT. Entry to the digital conference includes entry to LBF itself.

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For further information about The London Book Fair 2013, please contact Eleanor Riches, Midas Public Relations, tel: 020 7361 7860, email:

Note to Editors:

About Neil Gaiman:

Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton Neil Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. Audiences for science fiction and fantasy form a substantial part of Gaiman’s fan base, and he has continuously used social media to communicate with readers. In 2001, Gaiman became one of the first writers to establish a blog, which now has over a million regular readers. In 2008, Gaiman joined Twitter as @neilhimself and won the Twitter category in the inaugural Author Blog Awards, and his adult novel ‘American Gods’ was the first selection for the One Book, One Twitter (1b1t) book club.

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