Title: Course leader for the Publishing BA(Hons)
Judith Watts is the course leader for the Publishing BA(Hons) and works on all aspects of publishing for Kingston University Press as well as running a publishing services and consultancy company where she works with new and high-profile authors. Judith began her publishing career working for Blackwell bookseller and publisher before moving to Routledge, where she spent several years in the senior marketing team overseeing a large department across a range of academic disciplines and formats. She worked in New York and with a focus on global library markets. She then freelanced as a marketing and editorial services specialist. Judith has an MFA in Creative Writing and is a published author of non-fiction and poetry (she has a writing guide in the popular Hodder Teach Yourself series and her work has appeared in a range of anthologies and magazines from The Bridport Prize to Diva. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is currently studying for her PhD in the British Publishing and Printing Archives at the University of Reading where she is exploring the link between publishers, authors and readers of romance.
Title: Associate professor
Dr Alison Baverstock is an associate professor in publishing. She researches and writes about publishing, how to get published, and marketing within the book trade. Her text How to Market Books, is in its fifth edition, and is often referred to as the 'bible' of book marketing. It is used as the basis of publishing education worldwide.
A regular commentator in the press on book-related issues, Alison has written for The Bookseller, Mslexia and has a regular column in Writer's Forum. She is also a contributor to The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.
Alison speaks regularly at conferences for writers and publishers and at many literary festivals. She has run seminars for The Society of Authors on how to best work with agents and publishers, and trained generations of publishers to promote books and writing. In 2007 she received the prestigious Pandora Award, presented annually to a woman who has made a valuable contribution to the publishing industry. She also won an award for her work with Reading Force a shared reading project based in the services community to promote more effective communication through families reading together.
Emma Tait is a freelance editor and project manager with a wealth of experience commissioning commercial non-fiction, especially multi-platform licensed brands. A former publisher at Headline (Hachette), she has also worked at Boxtree and Channel 4 Books (Macmillan), Pavillion Books and BBC Books. Currently project managing the latest tie-in to Downton Abbey, two of her final acquisitions for Headline were David Suchet's Poirot and Me, and Pam St Clement's The End of an Earring.
Emma is module leader on Create: The Business of Publishing.