Our Values

Our Values

Our Purpose

Our core purpose is to educate new and emerging authors so you can navigate the publishing industry successfully to fulfil your potential as a writer.

We aim to do this in an inclusive and sustainable way. We want to support you as you grow – and to do our bit to support the planet.

Our Core Values

Our purpose is guided by our four core values of respect, education, environment and diversity.

Respect

Our community values are rooted in mutual respect. We value and respect members of our community, whatever your background, whatever your level of experience, and wherever you are on your path to becoming a published author. We value your ideas, input, creativity – and your own unique way of seeing the world. You are welcome here. Our value of respect also extends to respect for the environment.

Education

Our core purpose is to educate new and emerging authors. We do this by providing advice and insights from bestselling authors, publishers, literary agents and other publishing experts. This is delivered as blog posts, a podcast and other resources. We also run educational workshops and conferences such as our How to Get Published masterclass. We’re working towards developing online courses and events, to make training accessible to a wider audience – and to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on live events.

Environment

We’re committed to sustainability and to acting in an environmentally friendly way. We’re currently looking into partnering with an NGO on a tree-planting programme. The publishing industry uses a lot of paper – so this seems  appropriate. We’ll work towards producing an annual impact report to communicate the results of these efforts, and the difference we make to our community.

Diversity

We believe in equality, inclusion and representation. We want to encourage equality of opportunity for all writers, whatever your background. We’re working towards a more diverse range of voices on the blog and speakers at events. We’re interested in hearing from literary agencies and publishers who have programmes to encourage submissions from under-represented writers. We’re also interested in funding opportunities available for low-income writers. We’re happy to feature these programmes and opportunities on our website.

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