About Jon Reed

Jon Reed


I’m Jon Reed, a writer and social media consultant.

I’ve worked in social media since its earliest days, and have helped thousands of people use it for marketing through my writing, teaching and consultancy. I previously worked in publishing for 10 years, including at Routledge, BPS Books, Palgrave Macmillan, and as publishing director for McGraw-Hill.

I work with authors as well as publishers, and am an author myself.

Social Media

Reed MediaI offer social media training, consultancy and management through my business Reed Media, which I established in 2006. My in-house courses include Pay-Per-Click Marketing for Publishers – which I’ve run for SAGE Publishing and Pearson Education; and I’m currently developing some new training in copywriting and SEO. I work mostly with publishers, but have worked with clients of all sizes, from individuals to small businesses to large corporations and charities.

I offer social media manangement and content development to a select group of authors and publishers, including a New York Times bestselling author via a rollling contract / retainer with Penguin Books. This includes content strategy, reporting on metrics – plus some indvidual campaigns, such as Facebook ads and photo contests – as well as regular content creation for social media channels. Please get in touch if this is something you could use some help with.

Resources for Authors

Publishing Talk Publishing Talk is my blog for new and emerging authors. It covers writing, getting published, self-publishing and marketing. In 2012 I launched Publishing Talk Magazine. More resources for authors will be available soon on our Patreon page; and I’m launching a Publishing Talk podcast in 2019.

In February 2019 I organised our first and a one-day writer’s conference on How to Get Published at Foyles bookshop in London. It was a great success, with over 60 delegates, 15 speakers and very postive feedback. So I’m making it an annual event: tickets for the 2020 How to Get Published masterclass are on sale now!


Get Up to Speed with Online MarketingMy book Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing is published by Pearson Business (2nd edition, 2013). It’s a straightforward guide to marketing your business with social media – plus websites, search engines and email.

I have more non-fiction ebooks in the pipeline – but have also since moved into fiction. I’ve co-written a comedy drama screenplay, and am represented by Curtis Brown. I have other projects in development for film, TV and radio – and am working on a novel.

I also write articles, blog posts and white papers for clients. This includes:

  • four articles per month for Leadership Review (since 2016)
  • blog posts for small businesses
  • white papers and how-to guides for small businesses and publishers
  • guest posts for publishing-related websites, including The Bookseller / FutureBook.


In addition to workshops and in-house training, I teach on the MA in Digital Media Management at Birkbeck, University of London. I have also guest lectured on a number of other publishing and digital media courses, including at Bath Spa, Brunel, City, Kington and UCL. I’ve spoken at publishing industry conferences, run in-house digital media training and workshops in London, and I led a series of Guardian Masterclasses in social media for authors in 2013.

When not working, I like taking photographs and listening to Radio 4. Most Sunday mornings you can find me live-tweeting #TheArchers. You can also find me on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

Issue 1 - Crime WritingIssue 2 - Travel WritingIssue 3 - NaNoWriMoIssue 4 - Romantic FictionIssue 5 - Science FictionIssue 6 - Children's BooksThe Publishing Talk Guide to TwitterGet Up to Speed with Online Marketing

Selected Publications

1993 BA (Hons) Psychology with International Relations, Staffordshire University; 1999 MSc Health Psychology, University of Westminster; 2006 PG Dip New Media Management, Birkbeck, University of London.

1994 Research Psychologist, Staffordshire University; 1995 Editorial Assistant, Routledge; 1998 Senior Editor, BPS Books; 2000 Senior Editor, Palgrave Macmillan; 2003 Health Sciences Publisher, Palgrave Macmillan; 2004 Publishing Director, McGraw-Hill & Open University Press; 2006 Director, Reed Media Ltd; 2007 Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Talk; 2010 Author; 2015 Screenwriter.

Author photo © Krystyna FitzGerald-Morris