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Pitching your book

Guardian Masterclasses

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

Pitching your book

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Get your work noticed by agents, publishers and readers

So you've almost finished your novel. Congratulations – now comes the hard part. Finding the right agent, and persuading them to read your work, is notoriously tough. In this energising full day masterclass, you'll learn what it takes to get your writing noticed by agents, publishers and readers. Publishing expert Danuta Kean offers indispensable practical advice on researching your agent and potential market, writing your pitch letter, common pitfalls to avoid and using social media to improve your chances. You'll leave the course looking at the most daunting aspects of publishing in a whole new positive light.

Course description

This masterclass is for anybody who has finished (or is close to finishing) their book, and is now facing the daunting process of getting published.

In this full day masterclass you'll learn what it takes to get your work noticed by agents, publishers and readers. It will arm you with the techniques and knowledge to avoid common pitfalls and get the best chance of getting your book in front of an audience.

The course will cover:
- researching your agent and potential market.
- how to write a submission letter.
- social media: the rules of engagement.
- rejection: turning a negative into a positive.

Tutor profile

Danuta Kean is an expert on the publishing industry, as well as Books Editor for Mslexia, the magazine for women writers. For five years she taught unpublished novelists on the acclaimed MA in Creative Writing at Brunel University, and has written about publishing for the Financial Times, Independent on Sunday and the Author. Find out more about Danuta on her website.

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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