PAST WEBINAR CHAT SHOWS

DKW LITERARY AGENCY
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST 2019
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DKW is a dynamic boutique literary agency providing personal and professional management to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. Selected as Rising Stars in 2013 by The Bookseller Ella Diamond Kahn and Bryony Woods have struck publishing deals with many major UK publishers and their authors’ books have been translated and published around the globe.

TOM MCLAUGHLIN
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019
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From political cartoons to pre-school picture books, from TV animation designer to middle grade mysteries, Tom McLaughlin has a lot to share about his life as an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Nominated for countless awards, translated into over 10 languages and published with some of the top publishing houses in the industry, we are proud to welcome Tom to our virtual room.

THE BESTSELLER EXPERIMENT
THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019
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Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux set themselves a challenge. Was it possible to write a bestseller in a year? The answer was a big fat YES! The result, their co-authored book ‘Back to Reality’. Their new challenge is to sell 10,000 copies before the end of June. Can they do it?

JAMES NICOL
THURSDAY 16 MAY 2019
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Not only has James penned an amazing trilogy about the trials and tribulations of an apprentice witch but Arianwyn’s adventures are now being adapted for the TV! How did James wave a magic wand over his writing to achieve this? Let’s discover how The Apprentice Witch, A Witch Alone and A Witch Come True began their adventure.

EMMA WOOLF
THURSDAY 9 MAY 2019
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Author of multiple bestselling non-fiction books including An Apple A DayThe Ministry of Thin, Positively Primal and her recent book Wellbeing, she has proved her novel writing gene is alive and well with Ways To Escape and latest novel England’s Lane. Join us to find out how she does it!

DAVID LITCHFIELD
THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2019
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David Litchfield is a multi-award winning illustrator and author. As well as his own books, Grandad’s Secret GiantThe Bear and The Piano, and The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and The Fiddle he has illustrated books and covers for multiple authors.

KESIA LUPO
THURSDAY 28 MARCH
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Kesia’s debut YA fantasy novel We Are Blood and Thunder will be storming into the book charts in April 2019, published by Bloomsbury. She has worked in editorial for Pan Macmillan and is now a SENIOR EDITOR for Chicken House so we had LOTS of questions to ask her.

MARIANNE KAVANAGH
FRIDAY 21 MARCH
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Find out why did Marianne moved from journalism to novel writing? And also switched genre after writing two beautiful romantic comedies Don’t Get Me Wrong and For Once In My Life to write the thrillers Should You Ask Me and Disturbance, her latest unpredictable novel, which we absolutely could not call!

EMILY CRITCHLEY
FRIDAY 15 MARCH
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Emily has published short stories, poetry, written plays and experienced her first YA novel, ‘Notes on My Family’, being award long-listed (Branford Boase), shortlisted (Bristol Teen Book), nominated (Carnegie Medal) AND featured as The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week!

ALEX KHAN
THURSDAY 7 MARCH
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Alex began writing dark, gripping thrillers Cut to the Bone and First to Die before switching to his latest book Bollywood Wives, which rocketed into the bestseller chart. It’s the first in a series about the glamorous, sexy, world of the biggest movie stars and their hidden secrets.

STORYSMITH BOOKS
THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY

Storysmith owners Emily (formerly Bloomsbury Publishing) and Dan (recently published author) opened their doors last autumn. Their days are now spent uniting people with their perfect story. They even serve coffee. Learn the journey of a book from the publishing table to the shop shelf.

HARRIET TYCE
WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY
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Harriet practised as a criminal law barrister in London before turning her hand to writing. Her debut novel ‘Blood Orange‘ is already tipped as one of the darkest thrillers of 2019. Find out HOW Harriet earned her place on the shelf among the crème de la crème of psychological thriller authors.

HUW POWELL
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY
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Forever playing with ideas Huw created a children’s series about pirates IN space. Genius! We discussed plotting an intergalactic adventure, running lively workshops to engage your readers, advice on querying and even branding your own submission.

YASMIN KANE
FRIDAY 25 JANUARY
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Yasmin Kane is a literary agent AND the owner of her own publishing house – Three Hares Publishing. Representing authors across many genres, she revealed what she looks for in a standout submission, top tips for approaching an independent publisher and how show don’t tell is so important in great storytelling. With her trademark infectious energy we all spiralled away to write, write, write!

PIERS TORDAY
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY
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Comics, short stories, plays and comedies were all penned by Piers before the astonishing ‘Wild’ trilogy, with its clear environmental message, followed by the oh-so poignant ‘There May Be A Castle’ and the latest classically written ‘The Lost Magician’.

BRIGID KEMMERER
WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY
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New York Times bestselling author Brigid is always juggling hectic family life whilst conjuring magical classics like her latest book A Curse So Dark and Lonely, an intense reworking of Beauty and the Beast which is currently riding the NYT bestseller chart.

CHLOE SEAGER
TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER
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As a full-time literary agent at Northbank Talent we asked Chloe what makes her want to represent someone and how to get your synopsis to the top of the pile. Chloe has also written two books about teenage cyber queen, Emma Nash, who even has her own Twitter account!

DEBBIE HOWELLS
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER
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Richard and Judy book pick and Sunday Times top ten bestselling author Debbie Howells has successfully published the psychological thrillers The Bones of You, The Beauty of the EndThe Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie through Pan Macmillan.

HERA BOOKS
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER
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This episode’s all about the ebook. Discover the world of publishing, what digital-first publishing means, how to get your elevator pitch bang-on and what will make Hera want to reach out and grab ya*. This was a fun-packed episode with e-book goddesses, Keshini and Lindsey.  *Purple emojis optional.

JENNIFER KILLICK
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
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Author of the Alex Sparrow series Jennifer chats ‘big stinks’ as a superpower and reveals the questions she gets asked by school children. With Jennifer’s new series Mo, Lottie and the Junkers out soon this episode contains publishing messages of hope for us all.

HELEN DENNIS
Friday 9 NOVEMBER
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Helen Dennis code-cracked her way through a full six-book series before landing a publishing deal, Secret Breakers has since been optioned for TV! Followed up with quartet River of Ink we learn Helen’s plotting and research tips.

STUART WHITE
Thursday 1 NOVEMBER
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The Master of the #WriteMentor program himself, Stuart White, popped in to tell us how to join his writing programme phenomenon which is sweeping the globe. He reveals details of both the mentoring scheme and the Children’s Novel Award and shares with us who is the Head Judge for 2019. If you’re serious about taking your writing to the next level, this one’s for you.

DR VANESSA HARBOUR
Friday 26 OCTOBER
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With her years of teaching writing at the University of Winchester and mentoring at the Golden Egg Academy the lovely Vanessa managed to get her debut novel Flight published without an agent.

GARETH L POWELL
WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER
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Kicking off our live webinars with a big bang was the international science fiction author of the Ack-Ack Macaque and Embers of War trilogies, Gareth L Powell – no pressure!

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