How to get published – 6 steps to a traditional publishing deal

Reading Time: 18 minutes You’ve written a book. Now what? To build a career as an author you need to know how to get published as well as how to write. Jon Reed shares some pointers to help you navigate the process – from preparing a query letter to getting an agent to landing your first publishing deal.

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MASTERCLASS: How to Become a Kindle Bestseller – with Nicola May (Online, Weds 9th Dec, 2020)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you been thinking of publishing a Kindle ebook? Perhaps as a way to earn some extra income? There’s never been a better time: people have been reading more than ever in lockdown. In this illuminating masterclass, chart-topping self-published author Nicola May reveals her top tips for sales success.

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How does a literary agency sell its authors?

Reading Time: 7 minutes How does a literary agency sell its authors? Bestselling agent Andrew Lownie says there are three elements to selling books to publishers: 1) an agency needs to have saleable books in the first place; 2) the proposals need to be the best they can be; and 3) one needs to know the right editors to approach and not give up too easily.

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10 things to consider when choosing a publisher

Reading Time: 3 minutes Choosing the right publisher is vital to the process of getting published, and with such a wide variety of markets and publishing options available, it’s critical that authors research those options. International speaker, author and thought leadership strategist Mindy Gibbins-Klein shares her top tips for making the right choice.

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How to use Wattpad to get a book deal

Reading Time: 4 minutes Serialized novels were popularised by Victorian novelists such as Charles Dickens. Today, free online tools enable anyone to do it – and reach an audience. But would you do it for free? What if it lead to a million hits and a two-book deal with HarperCollins? Emily Benet tells us how she used Wattpad as a launchpad, and shares her top tips for success.

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How Saul Wordsworth took Alan Stoob from Twitter character to published book

Reading Time: 5 minutes Twitter: Huge distraction? Waste of time? Like shouting into an empty field? That’s what Saul Wordsworth used to think. But now his Twitter comedy character Alan Stoob has become a bestselling book, and may become a Hollywood movie. He reveals how he did it – and how you can create your own Twitter character.

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Backdoor Routes to Getting a Literary Agent

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of the most common questions I’m asked is: “How do I get an agent?” Let me shatter an almost universally held belief straight away: not all writers find their agents via the slush pile. Many take another route altogether. If I could present you with a pie chart of ‘ways to find an agent’, the slush pile would be a small sliver of that cake.

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