#FutureChat today: Have we manifested your concern?

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Emma Barnes and Alastair Horne to present their manifestos at FutureBook 2015

We’re delighted today to announce that the #FutureBook15 manifestos chosen for presentation at The FutureBook 2015 Conference on the 4th of December at the Mermaid in London are those by Alastair Horne of Cambridge University Press and Emma Barnes of Bibliocloud and Snowbooks.

Barnes and Horne will join us today for #FutureChat, and we’re also inviting all the writers of our “five-minute manifestos for the future of the book business.” The response to this initiative, launched in early July, has been so robust that we have several manifestos still to publish here at The FutureBook. All have been considered for the conference presentation honours, however, and Horne’s and Barnes’ essays are true standouts in a field crowded with good thinking.

You can find the entire group so far published at this link.

More on the manifestos in a moment, but first, a quick note for the tweeterie:

It’s Double-Chat Friday at The Bookseller!

We actually have two live Twitter events to offer you today. Not only can you join in, as usual, on our weekly #FutureChat at 4 p.m. GMT / 11 a.m. ET, but you can also ask questions and discuss issues with agents of London agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD), in the run up to Author Day. That chat starts at 3 p.m. GMT / 10 a.m. ET, and runs for two hours, overlapping in its final hour with #FutureChat: A chat smackdown.

In their session yesterday, agents Robert Caskie (@RCaskie1), Marilia Savvides (@MariliaSavvides), Adam Gauntlett (@albionieye), Nelle Andrew, and Laura Williams (@LauraBirdland) did a terrific job of fielding some notably smart questions in a busy two hours. Three participants in these chats will win free seats at Author Day on 30th November, as a matter of fact, for asking the best questions.

And just a note: if you want to join us at Author Day, don’t wait. Our remaining seats are going fast in the deliberately intimate setting of the 30 Euston Square State Rooms. Remember, this is an issues-driven conference, augmented by the availability of one-on-one meetings with the PFD agents and with editors from Pan Macmillan and HarperCollins who will hold open-submissions and consultations, along with independent publishing advisors (organised with the help of the Alliance of Independent Authors).

Join us every Friday live on Twitter for #FutureChat at:

  • 4:00 p.m. London (GMT)
  • 5:00 p.m. Rome (CEST)
  • 11:00 a.m. New York (ET)
  • 10:00 a.m. Chicago (CT)
  • 8:00 a.m. Los Angeles (PT)

Manifest eloquence

As I discussed on Monday in ‘Magnificent manifestos’ on the way to FutureBook 2015, the topics and takes on issues in publishing embraced by our manifesto writers is refreshing.

Barnes and Horne are great examples of this.

There’s more: Read on

By Porter Ander­son  

The Bookseller: #FutureChat: Have We Manifested Your Concern?

Read the full post at: TheBookseller.com/FutureBook


AND don’t forget to register for Author Day, 30th November in London at 30 Euston Square

Visit our Author Day site here.

Our full programme is here.

Our terrific team of speakers is here. 

Directions to 30 Euston Square are here.

And info on our superb sister conference. The FutureBook 2015 

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