About Jon Reed

Jon Reed


I’m Jon Reed, an author, screenwriter, lecturer 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 book publishing for 10 years, including at Routledge, BPS Books, Palgrave Macmillan, and as publishing director for McGraw-Hill.

I now work with authors as well as publishers, and run conferences and workshops for new writers. I’m a writer myself, and am represented by Curtis Brown.

Social Media

Reed MediaI offer social media training and consultancy through my business Reed Media, which I established in 2006. I work mostly with publishers, but have worked with clients of all sizes, from individuals to small businesses to large corporations and charities.

Recent work has included a one year contract (2018-2019) with Penguin Books, working with  a New York Times bestselling author. This involved developing strategy, reporting on metrics and creating regular content for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I also ran indvidual campaigns, such as Facebook ads and photo contests.

My background is in academic publishing, and I have more recently worked on social media audits and strategy for academic publishers including SAGE Publishing, Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Bloomsbury Academic.

“Jon has worked with us over the past several years on staff trainings, analysis of social media strategy and performance, and recommendations for future growth. His work is thorough, thoughtful, analysis-rich, and specifically geared to our core audience. He is reliable and communicates well throughout each project. He balances industry knowledge with social media expertise, and is an invaluable partner to our social media program.” – Kelly Heida, SAGE Publishing

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 2020, along with a new, updated website.

In February 2019 I organised our first one-day writers’ 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. Tickets for the 2020 How to Get Published masterclass go on sale soon.


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 books 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