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About the Presenters

The three presenters originally met through the now defunct Authonomy website, which encouraged writers to review each other’s works and to help one another to improve their manuscripts and promotional pitches. The site was also a platform for forming special interest groups. The two Robs and Andy first got together via the Comedy Literature Only Group (CLOG), which survives to this day, following a forced migration to Goodreads. They and many other members regularly review works in progress and offer constructive advice to all-comers.

The first of our speakers is Lancashire-based author Rob Gregson, whose light-hearted fantasy adventure ‘Shelf Life’ was published earlier this year. He talks about the process of finding a publisher and the immense value of seeking peer feedback during the creative process. His previous novels include ‘Unreliable Histories’ and ‘The Endless Land’, both of which are available as e-books on Amazon

Robert Wingfield, founder of The Inca Project, a mutual support group of over 60 independent authors, can share his long experience of the different self-publishing routes, including the support and advice that is available to them. He explores different options, online platforms and templates for manuscripts, and can show physical examples of the results. Rob is a prolific writer and some of his previous publications include: The Gothic Ankerita series concerning a Tudor anchoress reborn in modern times, The Dan Provocations, a satirical sci-fi series, children's books in the form of modern day Swallows and Amazons, and travelogues of Sicily, North Cyprus and Syros.

Andy Chapman - a self-published author of comedy and horror novels - talks about his writing and publishing processes, including the business of audio book production. He shares his enthusiasm for audio books – as listener, producer and writer – and shows why it can present an important opportunity for independent authors. Andy has published a number of comedy novels, including ‘The Accidental Scoundrel’ and ‘Tripping the Night Fantastic’, and his most recent is a horror novel: ‘Shelley Town RPG.” All are available on Amazon.

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