How to Get Published 2021

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On this one-day, intensive masterclass from Publishing Talk, you will learn how to navigate the journey to becoming a published author.

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Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, we've postponed our 2020 event. We'll be back in 2021 - all being well. Tickets go on sale in November 2020.

Meanwhile, look after yourselves, stay well, and carry on writing. We'll also be relaunching and updating the Publishing Talk website soon, with more resources and advice on getting published that you can access from anywhere.

How do you get an agent?

How do you build your online platform?

How do you make the leap from 'writer' to 'published author'?

On this one-day, intensive masterclass from Publishing Talk, you will learn how to navigate the journey to becoming a published author.

Meet bestselling authors, literary agents, publishers and self-publishing experts as they explain the publishing landscape, the various routes to publication and equip you for career success. Expect no-nonsense, practical advice to motivate you to write that book - and get it published!

Includes a FREE book to help you on your way - plus a reading list and handouts. You will also have the opportunity to pitch your book and get some instant feedback (optional).

Join us for a packed day of great speakers, discussions and plenty of time for networking with fellow writers.

Indicative Speakers

Our speakers for 2021 are likely to include:

Bec Evans, productivity expert, co-founder of Prolifiko and and author of How to Have a Happy Hustle

Nicola May, Number one bestselling self-published author of 10 novels including The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

Scott Pack, publisher, editor and author of How to Perfect Your Sumbission

Bella Pagan, editorial director, Pan Macmillan

Jon Reed, founder of Publishing Talk and author of Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing

Mark Stay, screenwriter, author and co-host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast

Debbie Young, self-published author and Author Advice Centre Manager, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

Programme

Our programme for 2021 will cover both traditional and self-publishing - from how to get an agent to working with editors to being a successful self-published author. It's shaping up as follows (NB this is indicative and subject to change):

Morning

09:00 Registration and networking

09:30 Welcome and Introduction Jon Reed, founder of Publishing Talk

09:40 What are agents looking for? The most important step to a traditional publishing deal is to get an agent. What are they looking for - and how do you get one? Speaker TBC 

10:20 How to perfect your submission Practical tips on how to put together your proposal, sample material and query letter. Scott Pack, editor, publisher and author of How to Perfect Your Submission

11:00 Coffee Break

11:20 Case Study: How to write and publish a bestseller Ten things learned from three years of The Bestseller Experiment. Mark Stay, author and co-host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast

12:00 How to build your online platform How to build your online platform to equip yourself for career success as an author Jon Reed, founder of Publishing Talk and author of Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing

12:40 Lunch Break Please write a one-sentence pitch for your book on the postcard provided over lunch, if you’d like to take part in the ‘Pitch Your Book!’ session after lunch.

Afternoon

13:40 Pitch your book! Putting into practice what you’ve learned in the morning, you will have the opportunity over lunch to either write down a one-sentence pitch for your book, or just think of one to share with the group in the session. Our panel will make brief suggestions for improving your pitch. We’ll try to fit in as many as possible!

14:20 How do editors work with authors? Bella Pagan of Pan Macmillan, plus a debut author, discuss how books get commissioned, what happens during the editing process leading up to publication, and examine the crucial author-editor relationship. Bella Pagan, editorial director, Pan Macmillan plus author TBC

15:00 The business of self-publishing Could self-publishing be for you? What you need to know to be a successful indie author. Debbie Young, The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

15:40 Coffee Break

16:00 Case Study: How to top the Kindle charts Nicola May, self-published author of 10 novels including the number one bestseller The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, in conversation with Jon Reed

16:40 How to finish your book The first step to getting published is to write – and finish! – that book. Bec Evans, productivity expert, co-founder of Prolifiko and and author of How to Have a Happy Hustle

17:00 Final Q&A and Closing RemarksA final opportunity to ask our panel any questions you have about the publishing process.

17:30 ENDS

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17:45 onwards - Networking DrinksWe hope you can join us for a drink for continued discussion and networking with your fellow writers. Venue TBC.

Cancellations

You can cancel up to seven days before the event for a full refund. We very occasionally need to cancel or postpone events that are undersubscribed. In the unlikely event of that happening, we offer either a full refund or a place on the next available masterclass. Please check with us before making travel arrangements, unless we have already sent joining instructions.  

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Here are some pictures from our 2019 event. Audience and author panel images are courstesy of A.D. Flint (author of The Burning Hill).

Jon Reed chairs our 2019 author panel: Liz Fenwick, Natalie Fergie and Nicola May

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