The HarperCollins imprint aims to attract new talent from BAME community
One More Chapter at HarperCollins is creating a new initiative alongside Elevate, the publisher's employee-led network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff. The initiative aims to attract new talent by reaching out to aspiring authors, along with providing advice through live panels and discussions on One More Chapter's Facebook page.
The first event, three-part series Let’s Talk Publishing: Everything an aspiring author needs to know, begins on Monday 12 October at 6pm with a panel titled How to get published. This will feature One More Chapter editorial director Charlotte Ledger and The Borough Press editor Ore Agbaje-Williams, discussing different ways to get published, submissions advice, and what they are looking for.
The second panel takes place on Monday 26 October at 6pm, How do we get your books on the shelves? features HarperCollins UK trade marketing manager Ammara Isa, HarperCollins UK digital sales manager Georgina Ugen, and William Collins/4th Estate senior account manager Malissa Mistry.
The third panel takes place on Monday 9 November at 6pm. How to publicise and market your book features Avon head of publicity Sabah Khan and One More Chapter digital marketing manager Melanie Price.
Ledger said: "When we launched One More Chapter our mission was to bring authors and readers closer together than ever before, to use a start-up mentality to do things differently and to combine all of this with the global platform of HarperCollins. But we know that there are readers and writers from backgrounds that we have not been reaching through OMC's existing channels, and the events of this year have shown us how far we still have to go in being representative of society and we are committed to enacting change. This partnership that our marketing team, led by Melanie Price, has set up with our brilliant colleagues at Elevate is an opportunity to create a space where aspiring authors can easily ask advice and information directly from publishers so they will gain access to and understanding of the publishing industry."
Isa, co-chair of Elevate, said: "We look forward to any opportunities to help bridge the gap between publishers and aspiring authors and these panels aim to do just that. Elevate is so excited to partner with our colleagues in One More Chapter in this series - especially to encourage writers from underrepresented backgrounds to submit commercial fiction."