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I posted about this conference on the UK authors thread, but here it is again for those who missed it --

If anyone is interested, there's a self-publishing conference at the University of Leicester on Sat, May 9th http://www.selfpublishingconference.org.uk. Cost is £60 and speakers include:
-Dr Alison Baverstock (Kingston University) who will guide authors through key decisions in self-publishing.
-Literary agent Judith Murdoch (Murdoch Literary Agency) on getting an agent.
-Ben Cameron (Cameron Publicity & Marketing) on the key points of book marketing.
They are joined by Sue Magee (TheBookBag.co.uk), Diego Marano (Kobo), Cressida Downing (The Book Analyst), Stuart Evers (NetGalley), Helen Lewis (Literally PR), Ayisha Malik (Cornerstones) and Clive Herbert (Nielsen Book).

I haven't been to a self-publishing conference before so I thought I'd give it a go.
 

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The only thing that puts me off is that I don't know a lot about Matador and it looks like they are running the conference. I've just been reading their website and they seem like a more legit version of a vanity publisher so would like to believe they aren't scammy. It's just that I've seen so many nasty vanity publishers our there that I'm suspicious as soon as I read the phrase 'self-publishing services'.
 

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Yeah, I doubt I'd go to the session with Matador. It would probably turn into a bit of a sales pitch. Meta data intrigued me, seeing as I have no idea what it is!
 

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Thanks for posting this, especially the link to the sessions - it looks really interesting. I'm just weighing up whether I might be able to justify going, as it will work out quite expensive for me due to lengthy train journeys, nights in hotel etc, and I seem to have committed myself to some other trips this spring and early summer.
 
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