An unmissable Masterclass for fiction writers looking to get their work into print – with the option of receiving one-to-one feedback on your novel pitch from a leading literary agent or publisher
Are you working on a novel? Finished a book and preparing to submit to agents? Or just dream of seeing your writing in print? Don’t miss out on this informative class with literary agent Ed Wilson of Johnson & Alcock and Suzie Dooré, publishing director at The Borough Press.
During the three-hour morning session, you’ll learn the ins and out of the publishing process, the roles of publisher and literary agent, what Ed and Suzie look for in submissions, and how to maximise your chances of seeing your book published. There are no short cuts in publishing, but this class will teach you how to avoid the regular pitfalls and errors made by writers, and help you stand out from the crowd.
In the afternoon, give your writing the best possible chance of getting published by booking a short, one-to-one feedback session. Ten people will have the opportunity to receive tailored feedback from either Suzie or Ed during a 20-minute consultation, where they’ll receive advice on how to bring out the strengths in their cover letter and “elevator pitch”.
This offer is an incredible chance to get personalised feedback from two leading experts in the world of publishing. Please bring along your cover letter and novel pitch to the session, and have a think about your story before you arrive. Your cover letter should be no more than one-page long, and your novel pitch should be two paragraphs maximum. During the feedback session, either Ed or Suzie will give you expert guidance on your pitch and tips on getting published.
Ahead of the class you’re encouraged to have a think about your novel, and how you might present it in a cover letter to an agent.
Suzie Dooré is the publishing director of The Borough Press, the literary fiction imprint of HarperFiction that’s home to authors including Lionel Shriver, Tracy Chevalier and Nathan Filer, among others. She publishes literary-commercial crossover fiction, and has previously worked at Hodder and Stoughton, and Waterstones Head Office. Find her on Twitter here.
Ed Wilson is a literary agent and co-owner/director of Johnson & Alcock, a London agency running since the 1950s. He has a diverse and developing list of authors writing fiction and non-fiction, and represents everything from award-winning literary fiction to bestselling crime, SFF and YA. Find Ed on Twitter here.
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