Q & A with March speaker, Ed Griffiths of Ebury Press

Ebury publishes a wide range of non-fiction, including memoir, popular history, cookery, humour books and travel writing, sports, music and reference. They have just started to publish commercial fiction.

We are delighted that Ed Griffiths will be speaking at our event. Ed is the Senior Publicity Manager at Ebury Press, an imprint of Random House. He has very recently won a PublishersPublicity  Circle award for his work on Caitlin Moran’s book, How to be a Woman. The PPC awards publicists who the industry believes are responsible for the best PR campaigns of 2011. We caught up with him recently and ask him the following quickfire questions:

1/Please give us a brief biog.

I studied Italian and Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford University from 2000-2004, spending time in Florence and Siena. From 2004, I have worked at Ebury Publishing, part of The Random House Group, starting as Publicity Assistant, currently as Senior Publicity Manager. I have worked on publicity campaigns for authors including Delia Smith, Caitlin Moran, Danny Wallace, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, Russell T Davies, Simon Hopkinson, Tom  Parker Bowles and Tinie Tempah.

2/What are you working on now?

Danny Wallace’s novel Charlotte Street, our Doctor Who publishing, a new edition of Delia’s Complete Cookery Course, Miranda Gore Browne’s Biscuit, Richard Bertinet’s Pastry and this autumn the new Ottolenghi book Jerusalem and Caitlin Moran’s new book.

3/Which book would you have liked to have worked on?

I would go for a book called The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock by John Harris which really opened my eyes to how brilliant non-fiction can be.

4/Which author would you invite round for tea?

Sadly no longer possible but I would have chosen Simon Gray whose diaries I love very much.

5/What three top tips would you give to an unpublished author?

Try to create a platform from which to launch a book – it could be a few devoted blogger fans or a network of contacts across Twitter

Have clear idea of who the potential audience for your book is

Talk to people – editors, agents, booksellers – and ask what is currently working well for them – everyone should have an answer to that

Join us on Tuesday, 20th March for an evening with Ed Griffiths, meet other writers and make connections.

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