Jessica Rydill, who I was lucky enough to share two panels with at BristolCon, shares her thoughts on the event on her blog…

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This was my first ever trip to Bristolcon, a convention in the city of Bristol that has been running for six years.

I sat on three panels, the first one at 10 o’clock after the opening speech by the redoubtable Joanne Hall, who has been running Bristolcon since its inception. I was moderating a panel with Joanne, Emma Newman (one of the GOHs), Del Lakin-Smith and Rob Haines.

We were discussing discoverability and representation, though we focussed on the former, a hot topic for writers whether indie, published, or hybrid (like me). The problem was identified (and indeed located) in how to discover good writing in circumstances where some booksellers seem to unconsciously privilege male writers by putting their books out face-up on tables; and how to deal with the rather more imponderable problem of the Amazon algorithms.

The panel discussed how we might tackle these problems as writers, publishers…

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