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#TheAuthorHour Meet-Up launches in London

By The Bookollective Team, Feb 14 2018 10:17AM

Alice Crossland is pictured top left with the other writers who attended.
Alice Crossland is pictured top left with the other writers who attended.

Creative agency Bookollective - who manage #TheAuthorHour hashtag on Twitter - held their first offline Meet-Up in London on Monday this week. Following the success of their online platform, author Alice Crossland had the idea of hosting a regular Meet-Up for writers in London, to motivate each other with an hour of dedicated writing time. Commenting after the event at Waterstones Piccadilly, Alice said: "We had a brilliant inaugural Meet-Up in conjunction with #TheAuthorHour. Six of us enjoyed getting down to an hour of serious writing, after enjoying some coffee and book-related chit-chat!" Next month, #TheAuthorHour Meet-Up will be held on Monday 12th March at Waterstones Piccadilly's 5th View Restaurant between 6.30 - 8.30pm and the second Monday of every month thereafter. #TheAuthorHour was launched by Bookollective in 2016 to provide a free weekly forum for publishers, agents, booksellers and authors to promote their books and share writing advice. Anyone who is interested in attending the next London Meet-Up, or hosting a similar event elsewhere, can tweet @Bookollective or @TheAuthorHour

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Favourite book:

To Kill A Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee


Best tip for authors:

Tell me your life story. It's the personal ups and downs and how you've overcome them that sometimes help us pitch you and the book.


Publishing career highlight:

My first byline in The Mirror and ghost writing a newspaper feature for a client that saw her get a phone call from the Defence Secretary saying how impressed he was.


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Favourite book:

Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen


Best tip for authors:

Good design is good business; it builds your brand and conveys professionalism. As an author, your book is your business; don't let your hard work down with poor presentation.


Publishing career highlight:

Getting my first award for cover design! It's always an amazing feeling when you're acknowledged for doing something you love.




Favourite book:

The Tiger Who Came

to Tea by Judith Kerr


Best tip for authors:

You are unique and so is your book, so create a unique publicity campaign that suits you. Most importantly, don’t quit - I always tell my authors that writing their book is actually the ‘easy’ bit, promotion takes patience and determination.


Publishing career highlight:

I was proud to be selected as a finalist in the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards for one of my paperback non-fiction campaigns, but my career highlight has to be winning the title of Young Business Person of the Year at the Inspire Business Awards.

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