The great thing about the LAF is that all of the seminars will be filmed and made available online, so authors won't miss out on anything on the day. Pace yourself, grab a coffee at the Blurb Author Café, and take a good look at the schedule, which will be up on the entrance hall wall. My top pick is Blurb's CEO Eileen Gittins and our CEO Gareth Howard's seminar. They will be discussing the Author as Entrepreneur; that will be an incredible, and hopefully lively, discussion that will demonstrate to our audience exactly why an author should treat their book as if it's a start up business. Editing is critical, so I'd definitely recommend attending one of the workshops on how to perfect your manuscript. The panel on Discoverability with Goodreads will be invaluable, helping authors to understand their potency online and how best to make connections directly with their readers. And everyone should follow the London Author Fair on Twitter at @LonAuthorFair. The brilliant publishing journalist Porter Anderson will be our social media maven on the day, highlighting the most interesting talking points from all of the panels.
How do you envision the LAF growing and expanding in the future?
The London Author Fair is just the first event in what will develop to be our International Author Fairs series. We have a second event in New York in September, the details of which we'll be announcing soon, with further events in Europe, the US, and Canada in the pipeline for 2015. We just want to be able to reach more and more authors, celebrating new routes to publication, connecting authors with the help they need to get there books out there, and also to connect them with readers.
What are you most looking forward to on the day and why?