Become a Festival Author

Become a Festival Author

Each year the Books in Bloom Committee sends out a number of invitations to authors to join the Author Roster. They seek out authors who are popular with readers in this area or have written about subjects of interest to readers in the area, have a recent publication, and are published by a commercial publisher.

The Committee strives to present a balanced Author Roster, one that presents a wide array of subject matter appealing to readers of all ages.

And this article will introduce you to “Become a Festival Author”

Do you want to be considered for the Books in Bloom 2022 Author Roster?

Has your work been published by a commercial publisher?
Contact [email protected] with your name, book titles, website, and email address. She will be back in touch with you promptly.

Has your work been self-published/printed?

Have you paid a publisher to produce your work or have you established your own publishing company to produce your work? The Books in Bloom Independent Author Committee will select a small number of independently published authors to be featured at Books in Bloom 2022.

If you are an independently published author, you will find information on how to apply to Books in Bloom and the application form at this link: Independent Author Application Form


Everyone is invited to join us regardless of where they are in the globe. All timings are UTC (Greenwich Mean Time).

Monday, June 20, 2022 at 4 p.m.: Keynote

Learn the Craft of Writing with Nikesh Shukla in This Free Online Course!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 – 11am and 3pm — Festival Orientation and Q&A.


Join TLC for a casual introduction to the Festival’s forthcoming schedule. If you’re unsure about how to use Zoom, you may find these sessions useful.

Developing a Creative Mindset — Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 – 7pm-8:30pm

In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Dawn Estefan has worked on both sides of the creative industry. When it comes to dealing with the inner critic and cultivating a creative mindset, she offers advice.

The Confessions of a Debut Author – 7pm-8:30pm, Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Novelist Chloe Timms is hosting a roundtable for first-time novelists to chat about their ambitions for the future and how their path has taught them valuable lessons. We’ll be joined by YA novelists Aneesa Marufu and Saara El-Arifi, authors of the adult fantasy The Final Strife, and commercial novelist Laura Price, who wrote the book Single Bald Female.

Publishing (Room 101) – Thursday, June 30th, 2022 – 7pm-8:30pm

In practice, what does a publisher truly accomplish? This year, we’ve invited speakers from a wide variety of departments to tell us about their usual days at work, as well as what they’d do if they were in charge. Hosted by Headline’s Senior Commissioning Editor, Katie Packer, and featuring Katie Espiner (CEO of Hodder & Stoughton and Orion), The Good Literary Agency’s Kemi Ogunsanwo, Bloomsbury’s Akua Boateng, and Rachael Jones as Marketing Manager) (Digital and Online Sales Executive, Hachette).

Happy Ecology – 7pm-8:30pm on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

As a writer, reader, and human being, how to live (and write) more sustainably and thoughtfully. Author, broadcaster, public speaker, and environmentalist Isabel Losada is the star of this interview.

7pm-8:30pm, Thursday, July 7th, 2022: Creativity Incubator

A fun, hands-on class to get you started on the path to more creative habits. Khairani Barokka, a poet and creative facilitator, will lead this program, which is geared for those with limited energy and mobility.

This next Tuesday, July 12th, 2022, The Reading Nook will be open from 7pm until 8:30pm

There are special guests who discuss their efforts to promote reading culture from a variety of perspectives, including literacy and diversity, and why they think it’s so important. They also share their favorite books. Three of the most prominent voices in the literary world: Gemma Jolly (Head of Health and Wellbeing, The Reading Agency), Joshua Seigal (poet, performer, reading champion), and Habiba Desai (publisher, Fox & Windmill).

TLC Pen Factor Awards Ceremony – Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 7pm-8:30pm

Literary agents from across the world will evaluate this year’s TLC creative writing competition, which will award a variety of awards to the best entries. Rachel Yeoh, Rhea Kurien, and Jamie Cowen will serve as the panel’s three female judges.

Masterclasses with TLC

Masterclasses by some of the best-known authors in the world will be held as part of the festival.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, 11am-1pm: Dorothy Koomson on Character

A discussion about Plot and Pace with Vaseem Khan will be place from 4pm to 6pm on July 19, 2022.

A discussion about Place with Paul McVeigh will take place at 11am-1pm on July 21, 2022.

Monique Roffey on Voice, Thursday, July 21, 2022, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Festivals, teaching & appearances

Festivals, teaching & appearances

What do we expect in return?

All organizations who hire writers, poets, and other contributors for events and appearances are urged to examine their prices on a regular basis, as we have done. It’s important to include in travel and preparation time when calculating fees. We suggest using Andrew Bibby’s reckoner, which displays how different daily rates equal to various incomes, as a reference since it demonstrates how an author’s yearly compensation would be calculated as a freelancer.

While some events want extensive rights (e.g. podcasts) or seek to implement exclusion zones, barring authors from operating within a given distance of the festival for a specified length of time, we are also worried. This unfairly exploits an author’s work while also limiting their options in the future, both of which are undesirable outcomes.


What are we doing?

When we contacted literary festivals throughout the United Kingdom in 2015, we inquired if they compensated writers and other contributors for speaking engagements. One in three of the respondents (nine) compensated all writers they hired to speak on their own or as part of a panel. The majority of writers were paid between £100 and £1000 plus costs (usually in the range of £150 to £200) at the time of publication. Our President Philip Pullman initiated a campaign for payment, which we followed up. A number of festivals have now decided to compensate writers as a consequence of this.


As long as we’re in business, we’ll keep working to ensure that organizations pay writers properly, reimburse them for costs, and collect and remit VAT.



All CRA member organizations work together to promote a common cause: paying creators fairly for their labor and the rights they bestow, as well as ensuring that their interests are taken into account when making public policy decisions. We are part of the CRA’s #PayTheCreator campaign.

Thank you for your interest in Books in Bloom.


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