Autumn 2018 – Speakers

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Claire Conville

Listed by the Observer as one of “Our top 50 players in the world of books”, Clare previously worked as an editor at Random House, before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Reading is her hobby as well as her profession and she loves literary and literary/commercial novels, memoir, short stories and exceptional voice-driven non-fiction. Areas of special interest are history, nature and art and she also enjoys reading comic books. Clare is passionate about finding original voices and loves working with new writers. She looks for strong, unique perspectives and dark humour across both fiction and non-fiction. Between them Clare’s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK including the Man Booker Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Novel Award, the Orwell Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the E M Forster Award, the Prix Femina, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Arthur C Clarke Award, The PG Wodehouse Award for Comic Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

 


STREAM 1: WRITE YOUR OWN STORY

Hunting for your dream job? Preparing to move on to the next stage in your career or just want to stand out from the crowd? The publishing industry is changing – so how do you keep up? This stream has all you need to boost your workplace skills and establish your career in the publishing industry.

Countering Unconscious Bias #SYPBias

From the people we hire to the voices we publish – our innermost beliefs and attitudes have a significant effect on our personal and professional decision-making. In this exploratory workshop we will introduce the concept of Unconscious Bias. Together we will explore how we can recognise such implicit social conditioning in ourselves, consider its effects, and discuss what measures we can take to challenge and overcome it.

 

Dr Nancy Roberts | @umbrelladata

Nancy worked in publishing for over 20 years in a variety of production and operations roles.  She is the founder of Umbrella, a startup which uses AI and machine learning to help businesses realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and is currently an EMBA student at Cranfield University.

 

Switching Up Your Career #SYPSwitch

“There’s only one way into publishing – you go to university, do unpaid internships, slave over what will turn out to be endless rejections, and hope for that one lucky entry-level break… Oh and it helps if you’re from London.” Sound familiar? Well our fantastic panel are here to dispel that myth of a “right” or “wrong” path and show you that no matter your age, location, profession or background, it is never too late to switch up your career.

 

Leilah Skelton | @Leilah_Makes

A former bookseller from South Yorkshire with 12 years experience, Leilah’s community engagement and hand-selling enthusiasm earned her a Bookseller Rising Star in 2015. With a reputation for book ‘makes’ and significant success with key titles as a result of her extra effort (Hand-stitched baby shoes for fictional twins, edible meteorites, and window displays with moving mechanical elements to name a few), it was her passion for sharing creative ideas through Twitter that brought her to the attention of many across the industry from the bookshop floor to the boardroom. Leilah made the leap into Publicity and Marketing in June 2018 after being approached by The Little Tiger Group.

Alastair Horne | @pressfuturist

Alastair Horne entered the publishing industry in his early thirties, after spending three years teaching English in Japan. Starting out as an editorial assistant for a digital publisher based in Cambridge, he then moved on to Cambridge University Press, where he spent more than a decade in various roles, most enjoyably as Innovations Manager, and then as Social Media and Communities Manager. In May 2016, he left the Press to combine working on a PhD on how smartphones are changing storytelling with freelance work as a publishing journalist, social media consultant, copy-editor, trainer, and lecturer.

 

Kellie Millar

Kellie is originally from the US, and attended Art College in Canada before relocating to the UK. She spent some time working in the film and TV industry, before falling into media recruitment and then joining Atwood Tate in April 2013. She has a wealth of experience in media and publishing recruitment and is used to successfully placing candidates within both print and digital roles at all levels, across all areas of publishing, Nationwide, also including permanent administrative, PA, HR and Finance roles.

 

Olivia Edwards | @Olivia_Edwards1

For the last 18 months Olivia has been an Editor in the Puffin Picture Books, Partnerships and Illustrated Non-Fiction team at Penguin Random House UK. Since joining she has worked on a wide range of projects from The Very Hungry Caterpillar publishing programme to an illustrated introduction to Frida Kahlo with the V&A. Before this she was a project manager at brand studio venturethree where she led brand strategy and brand design projects for clients across a range of sectors from the media to charity. Her very first job was as an assistant at PRH Children’s – so she is a huge advocate for switching up your career – both out of and into publishing!

 

How to be a Slashie #SYPSlashie

Slashie: noun, a professional who works on different projects alongside their 9-5 job. Slashie careers are becoming ever more popular, but how do you make it all work? Come and join this panel as we chat about how to make your passion projects successful, how to embark on new adventures, and how to juggle it all.

 

Bec Evans | @Eva_Bec

Bec Evans is a writer, startup founder, and ex-publishing head of innovation. From her first job in a bookshop, she worked her way through practically every position in publishing, and managed a writers’ retreat centre for Arvon. Her first book, How to Have a Happy Hustle: the complete guide to making your ideas happen, will be published by Icon in 2019.

 

Abiola Bello | @EmilyKnightIAM

Abiola is the author of the Emily Knight series – Emily Knight I am & Emily Knight I am…Awakened. Abiola first began writing the Emily Knight saga at 12 years old! with the intention of filling the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female, young protagonist. This gap, nearly 18 years later, remains in the publishing world despite continued calls for more BAME background authors and diversity within characters and plot lines. She is the founder of The Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School and co-director of Hashtag Press. The Author School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016. Abiola won The Trailblazer Awards 2018. Abiola is regularly called to talk at literary events and within the media, she has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few. As well as being a writer, Abiola is a professional dancer and teacher. She has performed for more than a decade in prestigious venues including The Royal Opera House, The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Hammersmith Apollo, Stratford Theatre Royal. Abiola has also appeared on The Apprentice, Got To Dance and Street Dance AllStars The Movie.

 

Derek Owusu | @mostlylit

Derek is a writer, podcaster, and mentor from Tottenham. He realised his passion for literature aged 23 while studying Exercise Science at University.  Before then, he had never read a book cover-to-cover, his introduction to literature coming via a short story by D.H. Lawrence called ‘St Mawr’. Discovering literature was a revelation that came too late for his university path, so instead of switching course, he snuck into English literature lectures at The University of Manchester. While writing for an online publication, he came across Alex Reads, a host of literature podcast Mostly Lit, who asked him to be a guest on the show. After featuring on two episodes it was clear that the dynamic between Derek, Alex and second co-host, Rai, was something special and he became a permanent fixture. After just one year, Mostly Lit has gone from strength to strength, being named one of iTunes best podcasts of 2016, BBC Culture’s Top 25 Podcasts That Will Blow Your Mind, winning a British Podcast Award and being named one of the Bookseller’s Future Book 40 and Rising Stars of 2018.

 

Sam Copeland | @stubbleagent

Sam Copeland is an agent and director at Rogers, Coleridge and White. His first job in publishing was at Curtis Brown, where he started in 2001 and he joined RCW in 2006. His writers have won or been shortlisted for over 20 major prizes including the Booker, Costa, National Book Awards, Carnegie, Waterstones Book of the Year, Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, and all the CWA Daggers. His debut children’s book Charlie Changes into a Chicken is due to be published by Puffin in February 2019, and has sold for translation in 18 other languages, with film rights sold to Skydance (Star Trek, Mission Impossible).

 

CV Clinic #SYPCV

Do you need a little help honing your CV or writing the perfect cover letter? Then don’t miss out on our fantastic and informative CV Clinic. This workshop will cover the do’s and don’ts of CV and cover letter writing that can truly make or break your application.

 

Suzanne Collier | @SuzanneCollier

Suzanne Collier is the author of How to Job Search in Book Publishing, founder of bookcareers.com and is THE person to see if you want to get ahead within the industry. She helps clients with job applications as well as career guidance and development. Suzanne is also a former record-breaking Chair of SYP.

 

 


STREAM 2: RULEBREAKERS

Calling all game changers, rebels and rule breakers! This stream celebrates the pioneers that are changing the face of the industry, daring to be different and carving new paths for the future of publishing.

The Year of Publishing Women #SYPWomen

In 2015, Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to only publish female writers throughout 2018. One publisher rose to the challenge. However, this year has seen a rise in popularity of feminist literature. This panel discusses the ways in which we should continue to champion and celebrate female writers, open doors for women in literature and get new voices onto pages and into hands.

Anna Glendenning |@andothertweets

Anna Glendenning is an editor at And Other Stories. She also writes – she was shortlisted for the 2017 White Review Short Story Prize and is working on her debut novel. Anna has an MA in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism and tried for a while to write a PhD on French revolutionary material culture. She lives in Sheffield.

 

Rose Goddard | @roseesmeralda

Rose began her career in publishing at Oxford University Press before moving to Penguin, where she worked as Editorial Co-ordinator and Assistant Editor for Penguin Classics and Particular Books. She later ran the World Book Night and Quick Reads programmes at national charity The Reading Agency, before going freelance at the start of 2018. She now works with a range of clients across editorial, fundraising and project management, and is currently Prize Manager for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

 

Eleanor Dryden | @EleanorDryden 

Eleanor Dryden is Publishing Director of Bonnier Zaffre, publishing a diverse range of commercial and reading group female-led fiction from number one bestsellers to thrilling new voices. She is co-founder of Feminist Book Society (@FeministBookSoc) and volunteers in the acquisitions team at the Feminist Library.

 

Publishing for Everyone #SYPEveryone

As the digital revolution gathers pace, author, magazines and independent presses are turning to the internet themselves, reaching out to potential readers through crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Crowdfunder. This panel examines the publishing industry’s new wave of social financing and how this may affect the way we publish, who we publish and our readers.

 

Julia Kingsford | @JuliaKingsford

Julia Kingsford is the co-founder with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency, a new social enterprise literary agency which is funded by Arts Council England and seeks to increase the pipeline to publication for under-represented writers. She also runs The Good Literary Journal with Nikesh. As well as her Good ventures she runs her own literary agency and marketing consultancy, Kingsford Campbell and prior to this was CEO of World Book Night and head of marketing for Foyles Bookshops.

 

Tarn Richardson | @TarnRichardson

Tarn Richardson grew up in Somerset on a diet of Tolkien, comics and ghost stories. He has worked as a copywriter, written mystery murder dinner party games and worked in digital media for twenty years. He lives in Salisbury. His WW1 dark fiction trilogy, THE DARKEST HAND, was published in 2015 by Duckworth Overlook.

 

Joelle Owusu | @joelle_o

Joelle Owusu is a British-Ghanaian writer living in London. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in Petroleum Geology and now works as a Commissioning Editor at Unbound. Her work has appeared in Nasty Women (404ink, 2017), Mind Matters: Part II (Forward Poetry, 2017), Inspirational Idols (Forward Poetry, 2016).

 

Alison Stodolnic

Alison is a freelance writer and independent publisher. She writes marketing content for small businesses, and journalistic content for her local newspaper. She is the founder and editor of a niche magazine for families with young children. She has just written and published her first creative non-fiction book, Chemo Stories, following a crowdfunding campaign in 2017. Alison has a BA Hons degree and an MBA, and many years of business experience — she has lived in London and Cheshire, and now lives in Henley-on-Thames with her husband and two teenage children.

 

 

Dare to be Different: The Ever-changing Workplace #SYPDare

The world is changing, especially the work world. As pressure mounts for equal pay and diversity in the workplace, the publishing industry has had to take a long hard look at itself in the mirror. Slowly the barriers are breaking down and as our voices get louder, we’re forcing the industry to change the way it works – whether this is with pay transparency, diversity schemes, or minimising the gender pay gap. Now is your chance to come and hear industry experts discuss the recent years of change.

Aki Schilz  @AkiSchilz

Aki Schilz is the Director of The Literary Consultancy, the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers, providing editing services, mentoring and literary events for writers. She is a Trustee of Poetry London, and sits on the advisory board for the award-winning publisher Penned in the Margins. Since 2014, Aki has been a judge for the Bridport First Novel Award and the Creative Future Literary Awards for marginalised writers. Aki is a member of the #BAMEinPublishing network, and an advocate for improved diversity, representation, and accessibility in the literature sector, founding the #BookJobTransparency campaign in 2017. She is also a prize-winning writer, and co-founder of the Saboteur Award-shortlisted #LossLit digital literature project. In 2018 Aki was named as one of the FutureBook 40, and nominated for an h100 Award.

 

Juliet Harrison

Juliet Harrison is Head of Business, Management and Economics Publishing at Emerald Publishing Ltd. Her role involves managing a team of Publishers and Commissioning Editors working within the fields of Business, Management and Economics (including Operations and Logistics), Juliet is responsible for developing the strategy for the growth of Emerald’s Journals, Books and Cases content. Previous to this, Juliet worked as an Executive Publisher for Emerald’s Social Sciences journals programme and has worked within the field of academic publishing for over 10 years.

 

Shalini Bhatt | @ShaliniBhatt92

Shalini Bhatt is a Junior Consultant at Inspired Selection. This is her first role in the publishing industry after working in high-end hospitality since university. She studied English Literature in York as an undergraduate and Publishing as a postgraduate whilst working her way up the hospitality ladder with glowing customer service skills. She is looking forward to bringing these skills to meeting publishing professionals and starting peoples’ journeys with entry level roles. Outside of work, she enjoys finding new restaurants and bars to try and is learning how to box.

 

Anna McLaren-May

Anna MacLaren May is HR Director at Bonnier Books UK. Anna is responsible for leading and developing the people strategy for the UK business – to support and inspire both the business and its people. She joined Bonnier Books UK in 2018 and has previously worked across Europe in a diverse number of sectors, including: manufacturing, not-for-profit and the music industry.

 

Far From the London Crowd #SYPCrowd

UK Industries can often feel London-centric, and the publishing industry is certainly no exception. Join our expert speakers to chat about the strengths of working in the book industry away from London, and the challenges thrown at those based out of the capital.

 

Jamie Norman | @Normantweets

Jamie Norman is a campaigns assistant working across publicity and marketing at Canongate and Co-Chair of SYP Scotland. He has worked on campaigns across fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and poetry, including titles from David Lynch, Leonard Cohen, Muriel Spark, Tom Gauld, Alan Parks and many more. Previously he worked as a cuttings assistant for Vintage books, after graduating in 2016 with a first class Masters’ degree in creative writing.

 

Syima Aslam | @SyimaAslam

Syima Aslam is founder and Director of the Bradford Literature Festival (BLF). In just four years she has established BLF as one of the most innovative and inspirational festivals in the UK. Bringing together literature from around the world and across all genres, BLF promotes intercultural fluency and reflects the changing face of contemporary Britain. Before founding BLF, Syima had a successful career in both the public and the private sector, working variously in marketing, inward investment, and strategy building in the education sector. Syima’s ambition is to create a real and lasting change for the people and communities of the city in which she lives and works. Her commitment to young people and her passionate belief that education has the ability to change lives, are the inspiration behind everything she has achieved with the festival.

 

S R Masters  @SRMastersAuthor

S R Masters grew up around Birmingham and currently lives in Oxford. After many years writing short stories, his debut novel The Killer You Know – a pop-culture infused murder mystery set in the West Midlands – was published by Sphere/Little, Brown this year. When not writing, Simon works in public health and health behaviour for the NHS.

 

Penny Thomas | @FireflyPress

Penny Thomas is the Publisher and co-founder of Wales-based Firefly Press, set up in 2013 to publish quality fiction for five to 19 year olds. She won the Branford Boase Award for the editor of a best first children’s novel in 2016 with Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare and Firefly was shortlisted for the IPA Best Newcomer Award in 2017. Previously Penny was fiction editor with literary fiction imprint Seren in Bridgend. Originally from Hertfordshire she is an English graduate and trained journalist, and lives in Cardiff with her two children.

 


STEAM 3: BY THE BOOK

Step this way for all things bookish! Hear from the experts that have been championing this year’s major book trends, discovering the next big thing and paving the way for publishing success.

Beyond the Book #SYPBeyond

With audiobooks, apps and video on the rise and audiences primed to experience them, the stage is now set for publishers to look beyond the book. This panel will discuss how the publishing industry is exploring new methods of storytelling and whether these new platforms are helping to increase reader accessibility.

 

Isabelle Barber | @IsabelleBarber 

Isabelle attended the Sorbonne in Paris and then went on to study English at Cambridge University. After graduating in 2015 she interned with Studio Lambert, Revolution Films and The Ink Factory, and then began working freelance for Initial, an Endemol Shine company. In 2017 Isabelle joined The Forge (The Miniaturist, National Treasure, Collateral) as office assistant and has since been promoted onto the development team, where she handles submissions, carries out research on projects across the company’s slate, and scouts books.

 

Roshni Radia 

Roshni Radia is Managing Editor at Penguin Random House and BBC Studios. Working with two world-famous content creators, she manages the publishing schedule for the BBC Audio list, managing the artwork schedule, and works closely with designers to create original cover art for every title on the list. She is also a keen runner and her next adventure will see her running from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

 

Natalie Jerome

Natalie acquires commercial adult and children’s non-fiction with a predominant focus on big brands and entertainment related titles. She has created bestselling authors from talent across the entertainment industry and outside of the traditional publishing space. Natalie is also the publisher of Lagom, a brand new food and wellness list at Bonnier Books UK. As one of the few editors of BAME background in the UK, Natalie has worked to improve diversity within the industry. She was a founding trustee and board member of Creative Access, a mentoring and graduate trainee scheme for BAME candidates looking for paid internships across the creative industries and media sector. She is also currently a board member of New Writing North, a talent development initiative which aims to support writers in the North of England. In October 2016 Natalie was highly commended for her work at the national Business in the Community Race Equality Awards.

 

Amy Joyner | @Amy_Joyner

Amy Joyner is the Head of Rights & Licensing at Kogan Page and was highly commended for the Rights Professional of the Year award at the British Book Awards in 2018. Amy is responsible for the global subsidiary rights licensing strategy across all format types, and Kogan Page’s digital licensing. Amy is the author of the IPG’s course “Getting the Most out of Your Rights”. In 2018, Amy launched Kogan Page Audio – Kogan Page’s first audio list, with simultaneous eBook, pBook and audiobook production. She started her publishing career at McGraw-Hill Education, followed by a move to Oxford University Press and then Pearson where she headed up the rights sales team, before joining Kogan Page. All of her roles have been rights and international sales related and she brings over 15 years’ experience of trading copyright internationally. Amy is a member of a variety of industry rights groups and has a keen interest in new digital technologies and emerging markets.

 

Up-Lit: Kindness at its Core #SYPUpLit

In spite of a world of bad news and crazy politics, a new genre with kindness at its core has arisen – Up Lit. But what is it? And where did it come from? These questions, and more, will be addressed by our panellists.

 

Lisa Highton | @TwoRoadsBooks

Lisa Highton is the publisher for Two Roads (John Murray Press) an imprint she started in 2011. Two Roads publishes approximately 15 books a year, both fiction and narrative non-fiction. Two Roads authors include Sally Magnusson, Susan Calman, Ruth Hogan, Janet Ellis, David Attenborough and Monty Don.  Lisa spent over 25 years in Australia where she was publishing director for HarperCollins and Hodder (now Hachette) before returning to the UK in 2005.

 

Martha Ashby | @miashby

Martha publishes across the commercial fiction genre, from bestselling debuts such as Gail Honeyman and Sarah J.Harris to big brand authors including Cecelia Ahern, Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk, to emerging talents such as Hannah Begbie and Balli Kaur Jaswal. When looking for new writers, Martha looks for original voices, brilliantly controlled storytelling that keeps you turning the pages.

 

Kate Mallinder  @KateMallinder

Kate Mallinder’s debut YA novel Summer of No Regrets is out in May 2019 with Firefly Press.  A feel-good contemporary story of friendship, it’s about the struggle to find your place in the world and trying to live regret-free. She wrote it as part of her own ‘no regrets’ pledge which seems to be paying off surprisingly well.

 

 

Judge a Book by its Cover #SYPCovers

There’s more to a book than its cover, but for nationwide retailers, schools, libraries, marketing teams and journalists, the cover of a book can make or break its selling success. Join us for a discussion on book design, and an exclusive look at book covers that never made it off the drawing board.

 

Claire Ward

Claire Ward is the Creative Director at HarperCollins for Fiction and Nonfiction. She studied Design and Illustration at Glasgow School of Art and started her publishing career at Oxford University Press before moving to Transworld in 1990 where she became Creative Director in 2003. She has designed the covers for many bestselling books including Before I go to Sleep, The Book Thief, The American Wife, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry , The Girl on the Train. and since moving to HarperCollins in 2015, Behind Her Eyes, The Good Daughter, Missing Presumed and The Woman in the Window.

 

Becky Chilcott  @Alphabeckles

Becky is a freelance book designer and lecturer on the MA Publishing course at the University of Central Lancashire. She specialises in designing children’s books and has had the pleasure of working with publishers big and small including Bloomsbury, David Fickling Books, Five Quills, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and UcLan Publishing. In her spare time she voluntarily curates the events programme at the St Bride Library in London and can often be found lost in a good book or rummaging in a second hand bookshop. 

 

Anna Morrison | @annabookdesign

Anna Morrison has worked as a book cover designer for over 10 years. She has worked in house and as a freelancer for most of the major publishing houses round the world. She currently works part time at Pushkin Press and freelances the rest of the time.

 

Case Study: Be More Pirate #SYPPirate

Be More Pirate tells us how to take on the world and win; how to rewrite the rules, reinvent society and change everything. In fact, perhaps the publishing industry needs to be a little more pirate when thinking about rewriting our own rules. Join us to hear from the brilliant team of professionals who put Be More Pirate together on how they came up with the ideas behind the groundbreaking book and carried off their seriously impressive pirate-like campaign.

 

Lydia Yadi

Lydia Yadi is an Editor at Portfolio Penguin where she commissions books on innovation and creativity, business biographies and memoirs, personal development, professional skills and fresh ideas on workplace culture and well-being at work. Her authors include Sam Conniff Allende, Oliver Shah, Tony Fernandes, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Cal Newport and Chip Conley. Lydia published the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Damaged Goods: The Inside Story of Sir Philip Green, the Collapse of BHS and the Death of the High Street and the breakout success Be More Pirate: Or How to Take On the World and Win.

 

David Over

David Over is Head of Communications for Portfolio Penguin, working with authors from across the worlds of business, entrepreneurship, technology, creativity. Authors include Simon Sinek, Rachel Botsman, Seth Godin and Sam Conniff-Allende. David previously led the Community and Partnerships team at SUGRU, and the public discussion series 21st Century Challenges for the Royal Geographical Society.

 

 


CLOSING PANEL: VOICES OF THE FUTURE

#SYPFuture

How can we make sure our voices are being heard? How can we empower others and ensure that everyone’s stories are being told? Our closing panel celebrates the voices that are changing the face of the industry now, thriving in the evolving book world and carving new paths for the future of publishing.

 

Ruth Bennett | @ruthmarybennett

Ruth Bennett is Editorial Director at Stripes Publishing, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group, who were named IPG Blackwell’s Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2018. Stripes publish books for six-year-olds through to young adults, including anthologies A Change is Gonna Come (winner of the YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award 2018) and PROUD, publishing in March 2019.

 

Keshini Naidoo | @KeshiniNaidoo

Keshini Naidoo has extensive experience of breaking authors into bestseller status, with her biggest authors selling millions of copies in eBook alone. Having started her career at Avon (HarperCollins UK), she then moved to being Associate Publisher at Bookouture, where she published global bestsellers including Angela Marsons and Kathryn Croft.  During her time at Bookouture, her authors amassed sales in excess of five million copies. Since picking Marsons up from the slush pile, she has gone onto sell over 3 million copies and has sold rights in over twenty-seven countries. She was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017, because she has “unabashedly embraced commercial titles”.

 

Lindsey Mooney | @Lindseym

Lindsey Mooney was the first UK employee for Kobo, launching their eBook service in the UK and working closely with publishers to make Kobo the No. 3 eBook store in the UK, ahead of Google and other competitors. Most recently, she has been instrumental in launching audiobooks in the UK. She has worked with eBooks since 2009 with various retailers, including The Book Depository and Anobii, which later became Sainsbury’s eBooks before handing over their business over to Kobo. She also worked on digital strategy for both Hachette and Random House before moving into retail. She was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2013, touted as a “digital young gun”.

 

Aimée Felone | @aimeefelone

Aimée Felone is co-founder of newly launched Knights Of – a commercial children’s publisher whose main focus is hiring diversely and commissioning writers and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds. She was previously Assistant Editor at Scholastic Children’s Books and has always been a supportive and engaged voice within the industry for the promotion of inclusivity and diversity.