Publishing Day a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone that came to our inaugural ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’ information day, a full-day, sold-out event where aspiring authors received expert publishing advice from a panel of distinguished authors and publishing professionals.

We received some excellent feedback following the event, including:

“An excellent, inspiring day – thank you!”

“Excellent! Speakers who really knew their trade. Extremely helpful and covered all aspects of publishing.”

“Packed with information, no time was wasted! Really useful.”

“Worth every penny!”

We hope to run similar events in the future – keep an eye on our website and newsletter!

Tomorrow: Publishing Information Day

The publishing information day ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’ is upon us, and we can’t wait to welcome a group of aspiring authors and the panellists to Bleddfa tomorrow for this sold-out event.

A reminder to all attending: the start time is 10:00am, not 10:30am as originally advertised. Please arrive in plenty of time, and check your travel route beforehand as there have been recent roadworks nearby, and Storm Brian may affect your journey.

The Bleddfa Centre is still open to the public this weekend 11am – 5pm; seek shelter from the stormy weather and cosy-up with a hot drink and homemade food in our reading room, and don’t miss your last opportunity to see The Picturemakers’ exhibition in the gallery.

Stop Press: London literary agent joins the bill of Writers’ Day

We have a rather exciting last minute addition to the line-up of speakers at our upcoming publishing information day, ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’.

Broo Doherty will bring the panel of speakers up to eight experts in the field of writing and publishing.

Broo graduated from Downing College Cambridge and then began a twenty-year career in publishing. Since then she has worked across the board in publishing houses and as an agent. Her authors include Amanda Jennings, Anna Jacobs, Alison Bruce and Stephen Moss.  She particularly enjoys crime, women’s commercial fiction, literary fiction and quirky non-fiction.  In 2013 she was voted Literary Agent of the Year by the Festival of Romance.

This is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to receive some expert advice and support about getting their work published. Due to such a positive response to the event, we have decided to extend the deadline for the early bird prices for 2 more weeks – book by midnight on 16th October for a reduced ticket price of £40 (£45 thereafter). To book, contact us on 01547 550377 or hello@bleddfacentre.org, or download the booking form here.

13th Oct & 7th Dec: Life Drawing

We received some excellent feedback following the life drawing morning last week, including:

“Friendly and relaxed
“Excellent model and brilliant company”
“Fab time with lovely people – really useful and helpful too”
“Really enjoyable morning”
“Superb setting”

We have decided to add TWO additional life drawing sessions to the calendar: Friday 13th October and Thursday 7th December 2017.

The session will be supervised, and will have a professional life model. Open to both experienced and beginner artists, bring your own drawing materials (an easel, if required).

£18 per session, including refreshments. Contact us to book your place, 01547 550377 or hello@bleddfacentre.org. Or you can download the booking form here.

Introducing the Speakers at ‘You’ve Written A Book; Now What?’

Our exclusive event ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’ is drawing closer, and we still have some spaces left for aspiring authors who would like to receive expert advice about getting their work published.

The information day is taking place on Sunday 22nd October, 10:00am – 4.30pm, and will be hosted by a panel of publishing experts:

Helena Attlee writes non-fiction books and magazine features. She has also worked as commissioning editor in educational publishing, designed and led tours to gardens all over the world and taught academic writing in universities. Her latest book, The Land Where Lemons Grow, was a Sunday Times bestseller, Radio 4 Book of the Week, and winner of the 2015 Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year.

Tom Bullough grew up on a hill farm in Radnorshire. He has written four novels – most recently Addlands, which was the John Sandoe book of the year in 2016 and, among other things, has received its own sermon in Westminster Abbey. Tom is a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales and the RLF Fellow at Swansea University. He now lives in the Brecon Beacons.

Bob Fowke has written over seventy non-fiction books for children and has been published by many major UK publishers, most recently by Hodder Headline. With collaborators, he has twice won the Copus Prize for a science book for children. He is editorial director of YouCaxton Publications, founded five years ago, which specialises in helping authors to self-publish quality work.

Edward Milford has worked in publishing for over 35 years, mainly in the professional and academic sector, and is a former Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG).  His science publishing company was Independent Publisher of the Year in 2010. Since the sale of the company to Routledge, Edward has worked as a consultant and non-executive director for a range of publishers, and is currently the IPG’s Development Director. He is a Trustee of the Bleddfa Centre.

Caroline Sanderson is an author and freelance books journalist, who has also worked as a bookseller for Waterstones and as Head of Publicity at Penguin. Now Associate Editor of The Bookseller, she is also the magazine’s non-fiction expert. The author of five non-fiction books of her own, Caroline also co-hosts a monthly book club on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. She is a Trustee of the Bleddfa Centre.

K J Whittaker is the Carnegie Medal nominated author of six young adult novels published by Walker Books under the name Katy Moran. “False Lights”, her first novel written as KJ Whittaker is published in September 2017. Katy works part-time at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, and lives in Shropshire.

Debbie Young is an independent author and Publications Manager and UK Ambassador of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Her latest non-fiction book is How to Get Your Self-published Book into Bookstores, and her latest novel is Trick or Murder?, the second in her self-published Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries series. She is also founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival and co-host of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly Book Club.

We have decided to extend the earlybird offer (£40pp) until Monday 16th October; after this date the cost is £45. Ticket includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Contact us on 01547 550377 or hello@bleddfacentre.org, or download the booking form here.