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How to find a literary agent with Juliet Mushens

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An unmissable masterclass with leading literary agent Juliet Mushens.

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If you’re a new writer, the process of getting your novel into print might seem a bit daunting. This unique masterclass with leading literary agent Juliet Mushens will demystify the publishing process and reveal what agents look for in fiction submissions.

In the space of three hours, you’ll learn how to edit your manuscript, pitch your novel to an agent and prepare the perfect submissions package.

With plenty of time for questions and some practical activities, this is a class budding authors won’t want to miss.

Course Content

  • What is a literary agent – what do they do and why do you need one?
  • How to research potential agents and decide who might be the best person to represent you
  • What do agents look for in submissions?
  • How to write a killer cover letter and synopsis
  • Expert advice on editing your manuscript
  • Advice on pitching your book to agents – and giving it the best possible chance of being accepted
  • Discussion of pitches and blurbs for famous books
  • Practical session – after explaining how to write a pitch everyone will have a go at writing their own and selected attendees will volunteer to read aloud their elevator pitch, with opportunity for feedback on the evening
  • Q&A

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6.30pm (BST)

This course is for ...

  • Writers looking for advice in taking the next step in their careers
  • Anyone who is interested in understanding the fiction publishing industry and the relationship between agents and writers

Tutor Profile

Juliet Mushens is a literary agent whose authors range from international bestsellers such as Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist and The Muse), Stacey Halls (The Familiars and The Foundling) and Taran Matharu (the Summoner trilogy) to record-breaking million-copy bestselling novelist Richard Osman. Juliet runs her own literary agency, Mushens Entertainment. She has been shortlisted for literary agent of the year four times, and is the number one ranked UK dealmaker on Publisher’s Marketplace. Her book Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction was published by Hodder in 2015. She tweets @mushenska.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6.30pm (BST)

Course Details

  • Date: Monday 18 October 2021
  • Time: 6.30pm-9pm (BST)

6.30pm BST | 7.30pm CEST | 10.30am PDT | 1.30pm EDT

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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