April 8, 2020
Publishers take book events online … and introducing #MelvilleHousehold
by Tom Clayton
With large swathes of the globe now locked down in response to the spread of Coronavirus, a growing number of marquee events slated for this summer – and even further into Autumn – are being postponed or cancelled altogether.
The latest of the UK summertime staples is Wimbledon, which was due to take place between 29th June and 12th July. The All England Club announced its cancellation last Wednesday, in line with Glastonbury Festival and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The publishing world has also been hit hard. Last week the Hay Festival announced that, in the wake of its own cancellation, they would be launching an online festival. Dozens of book launches, micro-festivals, author chats and literary quizzes have sprung up in the last two weeks, as indies scramble to promote their wares in an increasingly digital-only market.
Which, coincidentally, brings us to #MelvilleHousehold.
Over the next few weeks, we will endeavour to get as many of our authors under our (digital) roof as possible, checking in with them and hosting them in live Q&As across social media platforms. Check out our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to find out more. Simply search #MelvilleHousehold and you’re bound to find something interesting. We’ll also be rolling out special offers on our ebooks!
We can get through this, together. Stay at home, wash your hands, look after yourself and each other, and we’ll see you online.
Tom Clayton is publishing executive at Melville House UK.