Writers Day

How to get your book published

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Sat 4th May 2019 Start Time: 9:50 am End Time: 5:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bridge Foot

£125 inc lunch and refreshments


Join us for a day packed with advice from experts within the field of publishing who’ll be sharing their knowledge of the best possible route to being successfully published.

Your ticket to this exclusive event includes coffee, light lunch and a 5-min one-to-one session with a leading literary agent
Numbers strictly limited.

Welcome and Introduction

Let’s Start at the Beginning
Two leading literary agents, Jo Unwin and Ed Wilson, share tips with Meg Sanders on how to source the most appropriate agent for you; writing a synopsis; how best to prepare and how and when pitch your work and how to write that all important approach. Plus how to know you’ve got a good contract with them, and how to dust yourself down and carry on when a rejection email lands in your in box. Includes 15 minutes Q and A.

Coffee break, networking and first period of 5 minute one-to-one session with one of our two agents

A Roadmap to Publication
Editor and Publishing Director at Transworld Publishing, Susanna Wadeson, whose bestselling authors include Rachel Joyce and John Lewis Stempel, shares her years of experience in taking authors from manuscript acceptance through to publication. With an expert insider’s view, she’ll guide you through the  mysterious world of publishing to help you understand what publishers are looking for, what happens to your work once you sign that precious contract and how you can make the experience work for you. Includes 15 minutes Q and A.

Light Lunch, networking and second period of 5 minute one-to-one session with one of our two agents

Tell Them About It!
How best to bring your book to the public’s attention and get them talking about it? Do you need a website?
What are the best socialmedia platforms? Experienced Penguin Random House publicist, Olivia Mead, explains to Caroline Sanderson of The Bookseller the brave new world of publicity and promotion both on and offline, and how to use it to your advantage, and two leading debut authors of 2019, Sara Collins and Emily Gunnis, discuss their journey to publication and the tactics they are using to bring their work to as wide an audience as possible.

Tea, networking and third period of 5 minute one-to-one session with one of our two agents

Does My Manuscript Look Big In This?
Writing is a lonely process and even the most successful authors ask for other people’s opinions. But how do you step back and look objectively at your work, and where do you go for unbiased, constructive advice on how to improve it? Tom Bromley of the Faber Academy gives expert tips on critiquing your own work and advice on sourcing mentors and professional editors who can help you make your work stand out before you submit it to the professionals for consideration. Includes 15 minutes Q and A and conclusion to the day.
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Once you've booked, email us here to book your one-to one slot with the agent!

Please keep your general questions for the session Q&As and your questions relating to your manuscript for your one-to-one agent session.

£125 inc lunch and refreshments

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford CV37 6YR Details here

Getting there: The Hotel is a 15 minute walk from the train station
Car parking:
there is free parking at the hotel but you must register your car at Reception on arrival to avoid a fine.


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