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Literary Event News: The Author School to host inclusive publishing event 20th May

The Author School to host interactive & inclusive author masterclasses and panel discussions at the Institute of Directors in London


20thMay 2019

4:30-6:30pm -Social Media & Marketing Masterclass For Authors

7:00-9:00pm -In Conversation with... Panel with thriller & suspense authors Helen Matthews, Phoebe Morgan and Katharine Johnson


Tickets include one signed copy from an author on the panel - just £20!


17thApril 2019, London, United Kingdom: Authors at all stages of their journey, plus publishers, literary agents, and anyone involved / interested in the publishing industry, are invited to join The Author School at the Institute of Directors in London on Monday 20thMay from 4:30-9pm. The interactive and inclusive double-event is just £20 per ticket and includes a free book from one of the amazing authors on the panel. Spaces are limited and tickets are available to buy online atwww.theauthorschool.comand viaEventbrite.


The idea behind the double-event is to ensure that everyone is able to access professional, expert advice about social media, digital marketing and PR, plus hear from leading authors in the suspense/thriller genres about their writing career, trends in the publishing industry, and hear them read from their latest novels.


Helen Matthews, author ofLies Behind The RuinandAfter Leaving The Village(Hashtag Press)


Phoebe Morgan, author ofThe Girl Next DoorandThe Doll House(HarperCollins)


Katharine Johnson, author ofThe SilenceandThe Secret(Crooked Cat)


The Author School was established in 2015 byauthorAbiola Bello andpublicistHelen Lewis to support authors through the publishing maze. The duo offer one-to-one consultations with authors, as well as online courses and regularly host events in the UK that are affordable and informative, as well as entertaining and honest!


Notes to editors:

The co-founders of The Author School are also the directors of indie publishing house,Hashtag Press, and are available for interviews and editorial commissions across issues of diversity and inclusion, myths and legends, challenges and opportunities, in publishing.

A small number of press passes are available for the event upon request.

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Event details:

First Event!

The masterclass will begin at 4:30pm, registration from 4pm.


Join Helen and Abiola for an unrivalled, fun and informative afternoon and evening designed for authors at all stages of their journey. Whether you've not yet written a word, or have had hundreds of books published, you are guaranteed to learn a lot from spending the afternoon with us at The Author School.


In the UK, a book is published every 20 minutes. A new book is no longer newsworthy. So how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you build a buzz for your book? How should you be using social media as an author? How do you take an amazing #Bookstagram picture of your book? How do you reach the bestseller slot on Amazon? What works best: blogging or tweeting? When should you start working on promoting your book and where?


Finally, what can you do be doing, right now, as authors to help yourself? This session will be a mix of presentation and interactive tasks run by co-founders of The Author School, Abiola Bello and Helen Lewis, including a Q&A with guest speaker, blogger and bookstagram expert Kristina Mihaylova.


Second Event!

Doors open from 6.45pm for 'In Conversation...'

Time: 7-9pm


Tickets for this part of the event only are available for just £8 (includes one signed book from one of the following authors on the panel!) or you can buy a ticket for £20 for access to both events.


This is an incredible opportunity to hear from bestselling authors about their author journey, trends in the crime, thriller, psychology, mystery and suspense genres, and the wider publishing industry, and to ask questions and find out more about them, their books and their author careers!


  • Helen Matthews, author of Lies Behind The Ruin (Hashtag Press)


  • Phoebe Morgan, author of The Girl Next Door (HarperCollins)


  • Katharine Johnson, author of The Silence (Crooked Cat)


Discussion, panel talk, Q&A and readings from the authors of three brilliant books that have made a splash in the world of books... and learn how you can, too! The bar will be open so this is a great opportunity for a relaxed, fun and informative evening for anyone interested in books, writing, reading and publishing.