NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 16 September 2013: The London Book Fair (LBF) is celebrating Social Media Week with an aptly named Tech Tuesday event, a technology-focused networking evening that will showcase the strength of social media in publishing, focusing in particular on the author’s point of view.

The event, headlined “Storytellers on Social Media: the author as a digital brand,” will take place on Tuesday 24 September at The Library, Hoxton Hotel, London. Social media savvy authors CJ Daugherty, Alison Norrington, Sarah Pinborough and James Smythe will take part in a lively and interactive debate on the marriage of books and social media – the connections to be made between communities and fandom. They will share lessons learnt and their successes with social media, as well as discussing how to deliver and market their work in new ways, on a variety of new and exciting devices. The event will be Chaired by Katie Sadler, Digital Marketing Manager, HarperCollins.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “The world of social media is an absolute jewel box for authors – not only to connect with their readers but also to find new readers. Technology and books have always been production friends — technology and authors becoming even greater allies must be beneficial. A celebration of Social Media Week and its connection with those at the heart of The London Book Fair – storytellers and publishers – is a pleasure to facilitate.”

Further Tech Tuesday events will be scheduled in the run up to LBF 2014, with talks and discussions from industry speakers who are active in the digital publishing arena. The first Tech Tuesday event has been scheduled to provide a platform to showcase the publishing industry to a Social Media Week audience.

Details on how to register for the event are below.

Social Media Week is a leading media platform and worldwide event with local presence and global reach, taking place 23-27 September, powered by Nokia. Further information can be found at

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For further information, please contact Tracey Jennings, Midas PR Tel: 020 7361 7860, email:


DATE & TIME: Tuesday 24 September 2013, 7.00pm-9.00pm

VENUE: The Library, Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU TICKET

INFORMATION: Attendees are being asked to register to reserve a place by going to:
CONNECT: #smwlbf14

Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:


The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on Monday 7 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013. For further information, please visit:


C.J. Daugherty – follow her on Twitter @CJ_Daugherty

C,J. Daugherty is the bestselling author of the Night School series which is published in 20 countries and a bestseller in 5. The first book in the series, was the fourth bestselling YA debut of 2012 in the UK. CJ is hugely popular with schools and family festivals this year appearing at both Latitude and Camp Bestival and doing two nationwide schools tours. CJ’s ability to write compelling crime fiction for teenagers came from working as a crime reporter in the USA. She was 22 when she saw her first dead body and has never lost her fascination with what it is that drives some people to do awful things as well as the kind of people who will try to stop them. The Night School series is the product of that fascination. Born in the USA, C.J. Daugherty has lived in the UK so long she considers herself British. She has also worked in intelligence for the British Government and now lives in Surrey with her husband, the BAFTA nominated film maker Jack Jewers.

Alison Norrington Further information can be found at:

Sarah Pinborough – follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. In the UK she is published by both Gollancz and Jo Fletcher Books at Quercus and by Ace, Penguin in the US. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror film Cracked currently in development and another original screenplay under option. She has recently branched out into television writing and has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has a crime three-parter in development with World Productions. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

 James Smythe – follow him on Twitter @jpsmythe

James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD at Cardiff University he has worked as a computer game writer and currently teaches creative writing. He also writes a fortnightly blog for the Guardian. He has written four novels including The Machine, The Explorer and The Testimony. The Testimony recently won the Wales Book of the Year, Novel category, 2013. He lives in London.

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