About this Event
What does it take to get the backing of a publisher in today’s crowded literary world? Or is self-publishing a better way to go? We’ve brought together 5 experts from different areas of the publishing industry to answer these questions and examine many other issues in publishing today. Our panel includes well established international publishing houses, specialist and independent publishers, plus an expert who knows the ins and outs of the self-publishing world.
Join us from 6:00pm for nibbles and drinks before picking the brains of our experts.
About the Panellists
Pooja Aggarwal - Director of Academic and Professional Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing
Pooja has worked within publishing for over 20 years, starting at Pan Macmillan, then moving over to work in the humanities and social sciences at Palgrave Macmillan. In 2005 she moved again to work as Publisher at Nature Publishing Group, then continued with them as Editorial Director overseeing a €60 million portfolio under Springer Nature until 2021 when I decided to join Bloomsbury.
She is currently responsible for a team of over 100 editorial staff working across the academic and professional lists at Bloomsbury.
In 2021 Zaynah started a full-time role as Communications Assistant at Pan Macmillan, whilst completing a full-time master's in Publishing. She currently workls across the Brands, Marketing, Publicity teams for Macmillan Children's Books.
Melissa is a full time self-published author of historical fiction. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and was the Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence at the British Library, where she continues to run workshops for writers. Melissa focuses a lot of her talks on authors taking an entrepreneurial approach to their writing careers. She campaigns with the Alliance of Independent Authors for ethics and excellence in self-publishing.
Habiba Desai is the co-founder and publishing and partnerships director at Fox & Windmill Books, an independent publisher for British South Asian writers. She has a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. Habiba has worked in various sectors of the literary industry from the Bradford Literature Festival, Waterstones and Penguin Random House. She currently sits on the Northern Advisory Board for First Story.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom