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The London Book Fair 2016

The UK's premier book trade event takes place each year at Olympia. The London Book Fair attracts publishers, retailers and industry suppliers... and authors! Rachel Gregory looks at the best way for authors to approach the event, and what they can expect to find...


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We have lots lined up for you in AW16, much of which centres around helping you to market your books effectively. We’ll be posting articles on audiobooks, author websites, blogging, an indie author’s guide to using social media, and even a piece on podcasts. It’s a way off yet, but we want you to be prepared to push your book in the countdown to Christmas, with fingers firmly on the pulse of all of the latest ways that you can bring a product to market and reach your target audience at one of the busiest times of year for the book trade.


You may have noticed a theme to some of our recent posts – we’ve published quite a few articles about how you can use technology to help with your writing. These ideas are proving popular with indies – and it’s easy to see why. Have a look through the dropdown topics above for inspiration!

With many more guest posts to come, including our third Authors’ Life snapshot, I’d like to express a huge thanks to all of our recent guest contributors. Is there anyone you’d like to hear from, or a subject that you’d like us to cover? As always, get in touch and let us know; we love hearing from you.

Spotlight Contributor


Helen McCusker, Booked PR

Helen has worked in publishing for the past decade and before that enjoyed a varied career in broadcast journalism, including entertainment reporting for the BBC. Having worked “on the other side”, the award-winning book publicist has managed a busy newsroom and interviewed many authors live on-air, so knows exactly how a good author press release should read – and the best time to strike. Since combining her skills and launching Booked PR in 2008 (celebrating 8 years of service in August 2016) Helen has had the pleasure of promoting both traditionally published and self published books. This year, Helen launched the @TheAuthorHour on Twitter - a weekly social media author forum where writers can talk about publishing, promotion and share their knowledge. She regularly speaks at publishing events and is always willing to advise authors on the best promotional strategy for their book.

Find out more at: or follow Helen on Twitter: @helenmccusker

Meet Our contributors...

Rachel Gregory, Magazine Editor

Jeremy Thompson, Managing Director, Troubador

Debbie Young, The Alliance of Independent Authors

Ben Cameron, Cameron Publicity & Marketing

Helen McCusker, Booked PR

Cressida Downing, The Book Analyst

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Video Update…

From the editor…

We’re moving through October at a rapid pace. Before long, the clocks will change and soon, it’ll be Christmas! To that end, a lot of our new content will look at parts of publishing that can be particularly pertinent at this time of year… If you’re producing books with a mind to giving them as gifts, you might be interested in our upcoming article on cover enhancements. Would you like to gift ebooks to people, rather than sending printed books? Our post will tell you what your options are.


We’ve also arranged blog swaps with a couple of great sites, including the Alliance of Independent Authors blog. Keep your eyes peeled for those (we’ll make sure we share them with you) and let us know what you think.

Indie Pick


Maria knows to her cost that a woman alone must do what she can to survive.

Ten years ago, with her life in ruins, she determined to restore her good name and reputation - even if it took subterfuge.

Now she is Miss Dinchope, housekeeper, the epitome of primness and virtue. Her past is forgotten, but she has learned that the respectable faces around her hide dark secrets every bit as threatening as her own...

Somehow, Maria must protect the vulnerable young servant entrusted to her care. But how can she teach Nell to avoid the pitfalls she encountered? And will her help be enough?

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