In 2014, the Frankfurt Book Fair will expand its self-publishing focus by introducing a two-day, English-language program on international opportunities for self-published authors.The program, which runs on Friday, 10 October (11:30–17:30, curated by Authoright) and Saturday, 11 October (10:00–4:00) will include:

  • Tours through Hall 8.0, with stops at key self-publishing companies
  • Face-to-face meetings with publishing pros, service providers and fellow authors
  • Industry discussions on global self-publishing trends
  • Seminars with how-to advice and best practices for authors
  • Networking receptions for authors, publishers, service providers and agents
About the Program:
When: 10–11 October, 2014
Where: Frankfurt Book Fair
Tickets: €129 + VAT

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Program for Friday, 10 October 2014

Curated by Authoright, a UK-based author services company

Time Title Speakers
11:30–13:00 Tours of Hall 8.0 Stops at key self-publishing companies and service providers
13:30–13:40 Welcome Gareth Howard (CEO, Authoright)
13:40–14:40 Industry Hard Talk: Authors Today and Where We Are Headed Tomorrow Gareth Howard (CEO, Authoright), Mark Ouimet (VP and General Manager, Ingram Publisher Services), Amanda Ridout (CEO, Head of Zeus), Michael Tamblyn (President an Chief Content Officer, Kobo)
14:40–15:40 From Inspiration to Discovery: A Step-By-Step Guide Sheila Bounford (Director, Off the Page Ideas), Patrick Brown (Director of Author Marketing, Goodreads), Colin Eustace (General Manager, Barnes & Noble S.A.R.L.)
15:40–16:30 The Literary Agent’s Wish List: 10 Things We Would Like to Say to Every Emerging Writer Sheila Crowley (literary agent, Curtis Brown), Sophie Lambert (literary agent, Conville & Walsh), Cathryn Summerhayes (literary agent, William Morris Endeavor)
16:30–17:30 Debate: Are There Too Many Books in the World Already? Jon Fine (Director of Author and Publisher Relations, Amazon), Jonas Lennermo (CCO, Publit), Joanna Penn (Author); moderated by Porter Anderson (Associate Editor, FutureBook), David Taylor (SVP Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group; Group Managing Director, Lightning Source UK)
17:30–18:30 Drinks and networking reception

Program for Saturday, 11 October 2014

This program takes place on the Publishing Perspectives Stage in Hall 8.0 B170 and will be chaired by Alison Baverstock.

Time Title Description/Speakers
10:00-10:30 Trends in Global Self-Publishing As the self-publishing movement grows around the world, what international opportunities exist for indie authors looking to work with global partners and find readers around the world? Edward Nawotka, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives, presents a broad look at the development of self-publishing around the world and what international trends authors should watch.
10:30-11:00 Step-By-Step Best Practices for the Self-Publishing Process Self-publishing is a multi-step process that requires advance planning and consideration in order to see success. This expert discussion will address how authors can structure this process in order to get the most out of their work. She’ll talk about how to set goals for each step of your journey, track your progress and measure success.Speaker: Alison Baverstock (Associate Professor of Publishing, Kingston University)
11:00-12:00 From Start to Success: Learn How to Self-Publish with NOOK Press In spring NOOK Press launched internationally, bringing independent authors and publishers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium a new way to reach millions of book-loving customers in the US and UK. What does it take to launch a book at NOOK Press? In this one hour workshop we’ll go over the steps to self-publishing and marketing your work – and reaching new readers.Speaker: Julia Coblentz (Senior Marketing Manager, NOOK)
12:00-12:30 Marketing for Self-Published Authors Most authors now have a Twitter account, Facebook page, Instagram feed, etc. How can you stand out from the crowd and effectively spread the word about your work? What does it mean to engage with readers online? Joanna Penn, bestselling indie author, shares her insights and experience on how to effectively use social media to market your books.Speakers: Lynn Isenberg (Author), Joanna Penn (Author), Victoria Sutherland (Publisher, Foreword Reviews), moderated by Alison Baverstock
12:30-13:00 Authoright: Every Author Needs an A-Team Just because you’ve decided to self-publish doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Authors have a number of resources and experts available to them. Gareth Howard and Hayley Radford from Authoright discuss how authors can work with professional teams on everything from editorial to sales, marketing to design and more.Speakers: Gareth Howard (CEO, Authoright), Hayley Radford (Director of Marketing, Authoright)
13:00-13:30 Mini-Ignite! Session on Self-Publishing Start-ups Around the world, more tools and services for authors are launching. This mini-Ignite! session highlights four up-and-coming start-ups working in self-publishing. Get to know these new platforms and connect with the founders in person.Participants:, Reedsy, Upspringer, moderated by Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief, Edward Nawotka.
13:30-14:30 Self-Publishing Success with Kobo Writing Life: Tips & Tricks on Digital Self-Publishing In this session, Kobo Writing Life’s European Manager Camille Mofidi will cover the fundamentals of Digital Self-Publishing and share key elements on how to start and grow an international audience as an independent author with Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life.Speaker: Camille Mofidi (European Manager, Kobo Writing Life)
14:30-15:00 Author Success Stories Not every author takes the same path to success — and success isn’t the same for every author. This session explores what it means to be a success, and how different authors achieve their goals. Be inspired by paths that others have taken to publishing their work.Speakers: Kit Berry (Author), Dmitry Glukhovsky (Author), Orna Ross (Founder, Alliance of Independent Authors), moderated by Alison Baverstock
15:00-15:30 Translation and Foreign Rights for Self-Published Authors The self-publishing movement is gaining momentum around the world, and new, international opportunities for indie authors are emerging. This includes translation, selling foreign rights, and marketing your book in other countries. In this session, experts will discuss what self-published authors can do to increase their international reach and find new audiences for their books.Speakers: Matthias Matting (Journalist and Author), Book Case Literary Agency, moderated by Alison Baverstock
15:30-16:00 A Roadmap, The ABCs Of Bringing Books to Market, IngramSpark The writers of today are looking for cost effective ways to bring books to market while gaining efficiencies in warehousing, print, and global distribution. In this session, an overview of leading independent publishing tools will be reviewed that allow publishers to expertly manage print and digital content, gain easy access to worldwide distribution channels and review sales activity from one comprehensive platform.Speaker: Robin Cutler (Senior Manager, Independent Authors, Ingram Content Group)
16:00-17:00 Drinks and networking reception  RSVP here!

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