Stalls and drop-ins are scheduled below for when you're between pitching sessions and workshops, so you can book browse, chat to local organisations and magazines, receive casual feedback on samples of your work, find out how a freelancer might work with you, or even have a go at telling your story through the art of zine-making.
Mslexia, the magazine for women writers, is one of the bestselling and most respected literary magazines in the UK. Supported by Arts Council England, Mslexia celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Blackwell's Manchester will be selling all published titles by participating speakers at the Industry Day, as well as some of our recommended reads for new writers.
Society of Authors
The SoA is the UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. They have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.
Manchester Wire is an online culture magazine about the best things Manchester and the surrounding area has to offer.
aAh! Magazine is Manchester Metropolitan University's student led publication looking for writers on an ongoing basis to help make its online and print platforms an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of student voices and talents that make our city brilliant.
Written in the North of England by Northern writers, Northern Soul is a celebration of culture and enterprise, from theatre, music, authors and art to heritage, small businesses, food and leading figures, as well as everything in-between.
Fly on the Wall
A not for profit Manchester based poetry press, edited by Isabelle Kenyon and longlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2019.
Debbie Taylor (Mslexia)
Debbie Taylor will be on hand to answer questions on submitting to Mslexia magazine and building a writing career via literary magazines and independent presses. She can also provide on-the-spot feedback on first paragraphs and novel pitches on a first-come-first-served basis (100 words max – and only one per person please!).
Running between 13.30 - 14.00
and again at 15.45 - 16.15
Jordan Taylor-Jones is a freelance publicist, working on events and publicity for several independent publishing houses across the UK. When working with authors, Jordan sees this relationship as something collaborative, making sure that the needs and expectations of the author are managed, whilst also allowing plenty of creative space for the author to contribute to, in regards to what publicity and events they want to see for their book.
Jordan is also keen to be involved with a variety of different projects across the publishing world, which may offer support and guidance for anyone looking to make their way in the industry be it as an author or a publicist themselves. He is keen to work with individuals based in the North who want to expand their profile and connections across the UK.
Running between 14.30 - 15.00
and again at 16.15 - 16.45
Poor Lass Zine
Poor Lass started out as a zine in 2012 and over the years, Seleena & Em published 8 print issues and also went on to run a successful podcast. Poor Lass aims to represent and amplify working class voices, sharing experiences directly from the mouths of those who live and breathe them.
The Poor Lass drop-in will focus on how to tell authentic stories and offer an exploration into creative storytelling through a variety of mediums.
Running between 15.00 - 15.30
and again at 16.45 - 17.15