About Literally PR

Literally PR officially sprung to life in July 2013 at the Literally London Summer Media Party. A fabulous evening was had by the 100+ guests including national newspaper journalists, literary agents, leading publishers, self-published authors, food producers, chefs, bloggers, wannabe writers and many of our talented clients. It set the tone of things to come...

The Summer Media Parties are now an annual event and the 2014, 2015 and 2016 parties saw more than 300 in total convene to hare a love of books, drinks and food! 

Literally PR Limited is the culmination of many years of hard graft by Director Helen Lewis, who created a book PR business (in 2012) and www.foodanddrinktowers.com in 2006. Literally PR brings the book PR division together with the food&drink PR expertise and clients from food&drink towers under one umbrella. Finally.

Literally PR: Book PR, Drinks PR, Food PR

Helen Lewis - Director

Helen LewisWith extensive experience as a freelance PR and NCTJ-accredited journalist, Helen founded www.foodanddrinktowers.com in 2006. The website continues to provide a free service to the 5000+ members including journalists, PRs, foodies, producers and retailers. It is still free to register and upload your press release or newsletter, and journalists regularly visit to check for new ideas, contacts and inspiration. We publish news, features and opinion pieces. It is just £18 to have your press release emailed to the 1,500 journalists who have voluntarily registered at www.foodanddrinktowers.com (or to contact our database of 'industry', PR or consumer members.

Following repeated requests from food and drink contacts, Helen started to work with authors in 2011 and fell in love with 'book publicity' as an extension of her PR work.

Much like the producers and small-scale food and drink retailers, who Helen has had the privilege of working with since 2001, first-time, new and life-long authors are equally passionate about their work. The ambition and drive of authors getting their debut novel published is on a par with the passion felt by producers who created their first product in their kitchen - now sold in major multiples nationwide.

If you’re an author and you’re looking for someone to support you on your own journey, to get your book ‘out there’ so people know it’s for sale on Amazon, or in your local book shop, or around the world, then you’re in the right place!

If you’re looking for media support for your new food or drink brand, or a fresh injection of original and creative PR ideas for an existing brand, from someone with a track record in food&drink innovation, then I’m your lady! Please also see: www.foodanddrinktowers.co.uk

My ‘perfect’ job combines my passions: food, drink and books – I’ve been fortunate enough to work with fabulous cookery writers and chefs over the years. To be honest though, I’m happy reading new books, discovering new authors, and stepping into fictional, business, real-life and other people’s stories to escape from the day-to-day. I literally get paid to read…this is my ultimate job!

For more information about Helen Lewis, the founder of Literally PR, or any of the freelance gurus we work with on a regular basis, please get in touch at helenlewis@literallypr.com

In 2015, Helen Lewis and former client (and talented YA author) A. Bello, created The Author School, providing realistic, refreshingly honest, practical and actionable advice about all aspects of writing and publishing from that first manuscript to that first book sale. The idea got the seal of approval from none other than Richard Branson, and is funded by Virgin Startups! The first class is 26th September 2015 in London: tickets are selling out fast.

More about Helen Lewis: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/helen-lewis/18/bb1/498

Diana Ashlee - Marketing Manager

Diana has more than 18 years experience in the marketing profession and prior to that, a career in the media sales industry. She has worked for various media owners particularly in radio and press, then went into the travel industry where her interest in marketing was sparked.

Diana's marketing experience has focused on working for blue-chip company P&O Ferries across various areas of marketing  for the UK and Europe, such as brand proposition, PR, customer retention and acquisition, sales promotions, commercial strategy, media buying, agency management and budget delivery.

Diana is highly self-motivated and professional in everything she does, as well as being enthusiastic and bubbly, a must for any good PR person. She has very strong communication, negotiating and networking skills that will bring huge benefits to our clients.

Diana had a career break to have her two children and has freelanced on and off during the past four years, she is now keen to build on her freelance career and looks forward to working with Literally PR and our clients.

"I am very exited about joining the team here at Literally PR. I enjoy nothing more than a good read with an excellent bottle of wine and some delicious cheese on the side so I couldn't have chosen a better place to work than here!" 

Favourite Books: The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) and Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
Favourite Foods: Tapas and Italian Food
Favourite Drinks: Wine and Champagne

Carly Bryant - Social Media Manager

Carly Bryant has worked as a touring musician for the last 10 years, during which time she naturally became media savvy and began to run PR campaigns not only for her own projects but those of others including authors and independent film companies. Carly also creates media content for various Youtube channels and works as a freelance film editor and colourist. Her favourite book is 'Life' by Keith Richards, her favourite meal is sushi and she drinks coffee all day!

Becky Smith - New Business Manager

Becky Smith, Qualified Certified Accountant (FCCA) after training with top accountancy and consultancy practice firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. I have used my accounting skills in various roles in the public sector, imperial college London, charity banking, food industry and lately the training industry. 

I've taken a break from full time work since having my two children and am very excited to be involved in this innovative and forward thinking company. 

I will be helping Helen and the team in the administration of new signings and day to day operations. I look forward to working with Literally PR's ever growing set of clients. 

Favourite books - I love a wide range of books from Harry Potter to Girl on a train to 10 reasons to be alive. The escapism that books bring are a welcome release.

Favourite food - cake!!! I'm a keen baker who likes to make cakes for all my family and friends. A recent spanner in the works has meant that I'm now looking to develop my skills in gluten free baking. Not an easy avenue to take. 

Beth McDonald - Journalist & Publicity Manager

With over twenty years working on a range of national newspaper titles - including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Sun and Metro -  as an Editor, Beth has a wealth of experience from writing to commissioning to what does and doesn't make for a good PR campaign, as well as an extensive network of contacts. Now working as a freelance journalist she's very excited to be part of the team here at Literally PR and is looking forward to spreading the word about all the amazing books, products and clients that make up the Literally PR family. 

Favourite book: 'Being asked to pick your favourite book is a bit like being asked to pick your favourite child! At the moment though - and thanks to having two young children with a voracious appetite for bedtime stories -  we're all having a Roald Dahl moment so I'm going to say The BFG!'

Favourite food: 'Again so much food and so little time… I think a great Thai curry just edges it though.'

Favourite drink: 'Prosecco - but isn't that everybody's?!'