Frequently Asked


Whether you’re a publisher, artist, festival organiser or manage a venue, Books Up North is here to help. Have a look through the FAQs below and if you can’t find the answer you are looking for then please get in touch using the contact form¬†¬†

I am a publisher who is organising a tour of the UK for a writer who is only available for one day in your area. Would you be willing to organise this day for us?

Certainly. Just let me know the dates and the audience size you are expecting.

I am a published writer but my book is not new and my publishers are not actively promoting it anymore. How would you help me to engage with readers?

I would find out some more information from you about your book and availability and look for suitable opportunities to introduce you to venues or festivals who are looking to organise author events.

Are you able to offer fundraising advice to Festivals?

Unfortunately this is not my area of expertise.

I am a volunteer at a community village hall/library and we would like to invite a writer to be a guest speaker at our AGM. Can you help?

Yes. Send me the date of your AGM and an indication for a book genre and we'll take it from there.

What area of the North do you cover?

All of Yorkshire, Humberside (Hull) and Cleveland (Teeside).

If I send you a proof of a book, will you review on your blog?

Probably but not necessarily. I try to review all the books I enjoyed reading or think will be of interest to others.

I am responsible for programming the events at a theatre but I am finding it difficult to identify who to send the invitation to. Can you help?

Yes. Tell me who you are trying to contact and I will help if I can.

I am a visual/performance artist but I do not have a published book. Would you be willing to introduce me to potentially new audiences?

Definitely, if your work has a literary theme.

I am the manager of a historic house and we would like to discuss the possibility of a future exhibition/festival in our grounds. Can you take on projects of this size?

How exciting! I can help but please assume that the planning time is 9-12 months and will depend upon my diary.

When can I expect a response to my online enquiry?

I aim to respond within 48 hours.

I am a self-published writer who would like to connect with a live audience and sell my books. Can you help me?

I regeret I am not able to support self-published writers at this time.

Could you run a workshop with our literature festival volunteers?

Yes - no problem. Let's have a chat about which aspects you would like the training to focus on.

Do you have a bookshop?

No but I have bookseller experience and I can supply and sell books at an event.

I have written a book but not yet found an agent. Can you advise me about how I can get my book published?

Sorry this is not my area of expertise.

Will you be able to write a feature about our festival/event on your blog?

If it is taking place in my area I would be glad to. Please send me some information.