Thu, 23 Sept | St Mary in the Castle

Inside and outside publishing

Our panel will be talking about publishing from the inside and out, and how the pandemic has affected the industry from both an industry expert and author point of view. Kindly sponsored by New Writing South.
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Inside and outside publishing

Time & Location

23 Sept, 13:00
St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Cres, Hastings TN34 3AF, UK

About the event

Literary agent and ex-publishing sales director Tom Drake-Lee, novelist Sharon Duggal and author and spoken word poet Pete the Temp will talk to Hastings Literary Festival sales director Wayne Herbert about publishing from the inside and out.

They’ll discuss how the pandemic has affected the industry for publishers and authors alike. Their cumulative experience will provide a unique insight into what happens once an editor has shown interest in your work and how best to navigate the publishing industry’s inner workings from the outside.

A must for all writers aiming for publication but not sure where to start - this is your chance to meet the experts. We are grateful to New Writing South for kindly sponsoring this event.

Tom Drake-Lee was a sales representative for Bloomsbury and then Penguin Random House. He was sales director at Vintage for 12 years, where he worked with some prize-winning authors including Margaret Atwood, Rose Tremain, and Julian Barnes.

Inspired by his work with agents and authors Tom joined DHH in 2021 as an Associate Agent and is building a client list across fiction and non-fiction.

Sharon Duggal’s second novel Should We Fall Behind was published by Bluemoose Books in October 2020.

Despite the global pandemic, she was picked up for the BBC Book Club, Between the Covers, and shortlisted for the 2021 RSL Encore Award. Sharon is also Programme Manager at New Writing South.

Pete the Temp is an author, comic and spoken word poet whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service and Newsnight. He has spent his life performing at festivals and protests as well as occupied streets, power stations and coal mines.

His mission is to bring carnival, wonderment and riotous love to enchant, beguile and incite. Pete is a former National Poetry Slam Champion and has taught and performed in 15 countries.

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