Meet the authors: James Benmore, Holly Smale, Den Patrick and Susie Steiner

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Meet four writers who are already published and hear how they did it.

Everyone would love to know the magic formula to being published, right? And there are so many events out there offering advice, tips and, frankly, educated guesses on how you'll get there - I realised if you really want to learn how to do something the best people to ask are those who've been there done that, and so, with this event, I launch 'Meet the authors'.

These talks will invite a panel of fledgling novelists to talk us through the steps they took to getting their book written and published. With at least an hour left for you to ask them anything you want about their process, work habits, twitter, their agent/editor/publisher. I'm sure every story we hear will reveal some previously unknown tip because these people have made it inside the gates and now, very generously, they have volunteered to share their secrets. I hope you can make it!

First up in 'Meet the Authors' we welcome:

James Benmore was born in Kent and currently lives in South-East London. He studied literature at the Open University and has since completed an Mst in Creative Writing from Oxford University.
A prolific short story writer, his short fiction has been published in various anthologies, including All These Little Worlds published by The Fiction Desk and The Failed Novelist’s Anthology 2011. These have received positive reviews from magazines such as Cherwell’s. Dodger ( is his first novel. Follow him @jhenrybenmore

Holly Smale is the author of the internationally best-selling HarperCollins series 'Geek Girl' (, the biggest selling children's debut of 2013. Both Geek Girl and the sequel, Model Misfit, have charted in the UK Top 10 and the rights to the series have so far been sold in ten territories, including HarperCollins US. ‘Geek Girl’ has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Prize, and was nominated for a Carnegie. It was also chosen by World Book Day 2014 as one of the 50 Books That Will Change Your Life.
When she’s not writing, Holly can usually be found saying that she’s “going for a run” and then sitting on her bed in trainers and not running anywhere. Follow her @HolSmale

Den Patrick was born in Dorset and share a birthday with Bram Stoker. He now lives and works in London, dividing time between reading books and writing them. The world rights for his Fantasy trilogy, The Erebus Sequence (, have been bought by Gollancz. The first book, The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (, will appear on 20th March 2014. Follow him @Den_Patrick

Susie Steiner is a former Guardian journalist. She was a commissioning editor on the paper for 11 years and prior to that worked for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Her debut novel, Homecoming (, was published by Faber & Faber in 2013. Follow her @SusieSteiner1

Cost: £10 per person. Please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Please note, refunds will only be offered if the meetup is cancelled.

Location: The Shooting Star is less than 5mins walk from Liverpool Street station, on the central Line.

Directions: Take the Bishopsgate exit from the main rail concourse, cross the road, turn right at Dirty Dicks pub onto Middlesex Street. The pub is just a few minutes down on the right-hand side and we meet in the function room downstairs.

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