Talks & debates

How to Get Published

Part of Man Booker 50

Leading figures from the world of publishing share their top tips for budding authors on how to get published, along with the dos and don’ts of approaching publishers.

This discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Clare Alexander is Chair of Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd. She became a literary agent in 1998 after more than 20 years as a publisher, latterly as Publishing Director of Viking and Editor-in-Chief of Macmillan.

The editor of the 1995 winners of the Booker Prize, Orange Prize, and Whitbread Prize that year, she was the first editor ever to achieve this hat trick.

Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Group and Hachette UK.

Prior to going in-house, Lovegrove worked as ELLE’s literary editor, and in 2008 established her own bookshop and creative agency. She was born in Jamaica and now lives in London.

Juliet Mabey is Co-founder and Publisher of Oneworld Publications, an independent publishing house focusing on high quality, accessible narrative non-fiction.

She has published two Man Booker winners, Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings in 2015 and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout in 2016.

John Mitchinson is a writer, publisher and the Co-founder of Unbound, the award-winning crowdfunding platform for books. He helped to create the BBC TV show QI and co-wrote the best-selling series of QI books.

As a publisher, Mitchinson worked in senior positions at Harvill, Orion and Cassell. Before that, he was Waterstones' first marketing director. He is Co-host of Unbound’s books podcastBacklisted and a Vice President of the Hay Festival.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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