Publishing Day School

8 April 2017
WCN, Dragon Hall
10am - 4pm
£60 / £55 conc

New for 2017! The world of publishing is evolving at a rapid pace – so how do you keep up? Which publishing route is best for you? What will books look like in the future? The WCN Publishing Day School aims to explore the contemporary publishing landscape and help you to answer some of these questions. 

Over the course of the day participants will hear from leading experts and innovators in their field, who will look at changes to traditional print media and the impact of digital publishing.

A must for anyone looking to publish their writing; or with an interest in alternative, self and digital publishing.

Session 1: A Publisher Reflects. Dan Franklin, Associate Publisher at Jonathan Cape

Dan Franklin ('arguably Britain’s most respected editor of literary fiction' - The Telegraph) is the former Publishing Director, now Associate Publisher, at Jonathan Cape. In this session, he will speak about his hugely successful career - starting with Peter Owen, a small independent, and moving on to the Harvill Press, Collins, Heinemann, Secker & Warburg and finally Jonathan Cape - while examining developments in the bigger publishing sector on the way: the changes in bookselling, in literary agency, in publishers themselves, the rise of Amazon and more.

Dan was born in 1949. He read English & American Literature and History at UEA, graduating in 1970. His publishing career began at Peter Owen Ltd. From there he moved to the Harvill Press, then Collins, then Heinemann, where he was Editorial Director for non-fiction. He then became Publishing Director of Secker & Warburg, where he published Roddy Doyle, Bill Bryson, Louis de Bernieres and Irvine Welsh. In 1993 he was appointed Publishing Director of Jonathan Cape, a position he held until January 2016, when he went part-time as Associate Publisher. He is still looking after his authors, who include Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, David Szalay, Howard Jacobson, Roddy Doyle, Helen Macdonald  and Julia Blackburn.

Session 2: The Unbound Story. Mathew Clayton, Head of Publishing at Unbound

Mathew Clayton is an author, editor and literary events organiser. He is the founder of the Free University of Glastonbury and the Head of Publishing at He regularly writes for the nature blog You can follow him on twitter @mathew__clayton

How crowdfunding is changing publishing: Mathew Clayton interview (Book Machine, May 2016)

Session 3: Alternative Publishing. Self and community publishing, digital publishing. Anita Belli, Cherry Styles, and Simon Jones (Panel with Q&A)

Anita Belli was born in Greater Manchester and moved to London to train at The Place and London Film School. She has worked as a director in the arts and has a personal and active interest in dance, media and literature, winning awards as a writer and filmmaker. She lives on the East Coast of Essex, England with her husband and Basque Shepherd dog, and their children and grandchildren are never far away. She published Kickstart Your Writing: Harness Creative Tools to Writing Techniques in October 2016.

Cherry Styles is an artist, writer and zine maker based in Manchester. She works across the Northwest, leading workshops and lectures with a focus on zine-making, self-publishing and DIY culture. She runs the Chapess zineSynchronise Witches press and is one quarter of Salford Zine Library. 

Simon Jones is a writer based in Norwich. His first serialised novel, A Day of Faces, was a #Wattys2016 winner in the Trailblazers category on Wattpad. Simon works as Digital Marketing Manager at Writers’ Centre Norwich.

Read an interview with Simon about the possibilities of Wattpad.