Fiction Editors Mini-Conference | Free Word

Mon 11 Mar
09:15 - 15:30

Presented by:
Carrie O’Grady and Sarah Calfee


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The perfect opportunity for editors of fiction – freelance or in-house – to boost their skills, learn new techniques, and catch up with colleagues.

Calling all fiction editors! This one-day conference, packed with star guests, promises to be an unmissable event for editors looking to hone their skills, gain fresh insights, and network with professional colleagues. Sessions cover everything from the finer points of fictional craft to the delicate art of critiquing to maximising your editing efficiency. Speakers include experts from the worlds of editing, publishing, creative writing and consulting. All in all, it’s an essential step in your CPD journey.

Mon 11 Mar
09:15 - 15:30

Free Word

Carrie O’Grady and Sarah Calfee


Orna Ross

Founder and Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors

Orna Ross is the founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, which she launched at the London Book Fair 2012. As well as her work for ALLi, which has seen her named one of the Bookseller’s “Top 100 people in publishing”, Orna writes fiction and poetry. She will be speaking on How Best to Help Authors Looking to Self-Publish.

Mark Dawson


Mark Dawson is the author of the phenomenally popular John Milton series of thrillers, as well as several others. His books consistently top the Amazon charts and have racked up several million downloads. He'll be speaking with Orna Ross on How Best to Help Authors Looking to Self-Publish.

Kia Thomas

Fiction Editor

Kia Thomas spent eleven years working in the arts before becoming a freelance fiction editor in early 2016. She specialises in contemporary romance, and she can often be found networking with her colleagues in online spaces. She'll be speaking on Efficiency in Editing.

Tom Bromley

Author, Teacher and Editorial Consultant

​Tom Bromley teaches novel-writing and many other courses for the Faber Academy and the Professional Writing Academy. The author of ten books, he also works as an editorial consultant for a number of publishers and literary agencies. He will be speaking on Point of View.

Aki Schilz

Director of The Literary Consultancy

Aki Schilz is director of The Literary Consultancy, the first service to offer professional, in-depth editorial advice and assessment to aspiring writers. This year she was named as one of the #FutureBook40, a list of the Top 40 Innovators in Publishing, for her work with TLC. She will be speaking on Manuscript Critiques.

Anna South

Book Editor

Anna South is a book editor with twenty years of London publishing experience, both at Penguin Books and as a freelancer. She works as an editorial consultant and advisor for many major fiction publishers. She will be speaking with Aki Schilz on Manuscript Critiques.


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