About Ian Skillicorn

“Ian Skillicorn’s success with Kindle genre fiction … the authors are carefully selected, with a strong list of genre fiction titles to their name, and they are given expert, focused and personal attention by the publisher.”
The Author, Journal of the Society of Authors

I am a publisher, producer, writer and events host and organiser. For more than three decades I’ve worked on an extensive range of successful international, national and regional literary projects.

My work has involved collaborating with a wide variety of people from first-time novelists to household names in publishing, television, radio and film. I frequently collaborate with writers, publishers, actors and other professionals working in the media, libraries, universities and schools.

I started my working life in Milan, Italy, where I was a translator, book and magazine writer, and voice artist. On my return to the UK, I spent twenty years in London and the Home Counties, before moving to Liverpool in 2016.

I’m the founder and director of Wyndham Books. The imprint specialises in reissuing bestselling fiction by some of the twentieth century’s most successful English language novelists, such as Lucilla Andrews, Ursula Bloom, Catherine Gaskin and Naomi Jacob. Over the past few years, I’ve sold well over half a million books. Current and previous clients include the Society of Authors, Fremantle Australia, and numerous literary estates in the UK, US and Australia.

I have written extensively for print publications and websites in the UK and overseas. In 2022 I wrote the script for an audio adaptation of the hugely popular weekly magazine serial “Riverside” – created and written by bestselling author Glenda Young for “The People’s Friend” since 2016. I also directed and produced the audio drama. The cast includes well-known actors from radio and television. It has been featured in the national press and has garnered five star reviews.

In 2017 I established the Smithdown Litfest in Liverpool. This popular literary festival attracts acclaimed and well-known guest speakers such as Ann Cleeves, Jimmy McGovern and Chris Tarrant. More recently, I set up The Exchange, a series of public discussions covering diverse views on current affairs. The events take place at Liverpool’s iconic Athenaeum club, and have featured influential figures such as Professor Lucy Easthope, Laura Dodsworth and Konstantin Kisin. In March 2023 I launched The Liverpool Book Club, hosting events with bestselling authors in venues across the city. These three projects are organised through my not-for-profit community interest company Great Ideas Unlimited CIC. All events are run entirely on a volunteer basis, and proceeds from ticket sales support good causes both overseas and in Liverpool.

Throughout my career I have always made time to contribute to my community and to causes that are important to me. I have been awarded a Commendation from the Commander (Head of Homicide Investigations) for my work on some homicide research as an independent community adviser to the Metropolitan Police Service. I’m currently involved in a number of regeneration and fundraising projects in my local community.

For many years, I have run publishing workshops for authors, and am a regular speaker for the Society of Authors, as well as appearing at writing conferences, and on debating and judging panels around the UK.

Read about my ebook publishing workshops for authors

Read about my Amazon Product Page “MOT” workshops for authors

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