HELLO, MY NAME IS SAM MISSINGHAM...

.... and I set up The Empowered Author to support a new breed of authors who are taking more control of their writing careers. It is an extremely exciting time for authors; digital marketing tools, social media and the accessibiliy of self publishing has opened up endless opportunities. Many authors have become CEOs of their own writing businesses, managing every element of the writing, publishing and marketing with huge success. There are more options and routes to being published than ever before. Social media has enabled authors to connect with readers, booksellers, librarians, agents and bloggers directly. Free tools, platforms and services abound.

The Empowered Author offers practical support to help you navigate opportunities and make informed choices. Becoming a member will give you even more, find out how membership could help you here.

I've been working in publishing for nearly 10 years - at HarperCollins as Head of Audience Development until 2017 and before that at The Bookseller as Head of Events & Marketing. I have worked with many wonderful people across the industry and am often described as the best connected person in publishing. Many colleagues, partners and authors have said some very kind things about working with me.  

I enjoy being at the heart of the industry and have met and worked with the most wonderful people from all areas of the business. I am very committed to driving the industry forward with new ideas, big thinking and by embracing innovation. I speak and chair lots of industry events and lecture on publishing courses in various universities. I particularly enjoy supporting and mentoring young people trying to get into the industry. You can follow more of my ramblings on Twitter here.


Awards & Commendations

Winner and short-listed for several Book Marketing Society awards

Winner and short-listed for several Book Marketing Society awards

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Delighted to be chosen as one of the 40 most innovative people in the book business, the FutureBook 40. March 2018

Shortlisted in the FutureBook awards for Disruptor of the Year 2017

Shortlisted in the FutureBook awards for Disruptor of the Year 2017

Shortlisted for Industry Awards for the best marketing campaigns of the year.

Shortlisted for Industry Awards for the best marketing campaigns of the year.

2012 Runner-up for the Pandora award for sustained contribution to publishing

2012 Runner-up for the Pandora award for sustained contribution to publishing


Journalism / Commentary / Interviews


Book Marketing Society Committee member 2015 to 2017

Chair of the Quantum Publishing conference 2015

Quantum steering committee member 2016. 2017 

 

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