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09:00 Registration and networking
09:30 Welcome and Introduction
Jon Reed, Publishing Talk
09:35 How to write and publish your first novel
What does it take to become a successful author?
Molly Flatt, author of The Charmed Life of Alex Moore
10:15 What are agents looking for?
The most important step to traditional publishing success is to get an agent. What are they looking for – and how do you get one? What makes a bestseller?
Jacq Burns, literary agent, founder of London Writers’ Club and author of How to Write a Bestseller
10:55 Coffee Break
11:10 How to write a book proposal
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
11:45 What are editors looking for?
Editors explain the commissioning process, how they find books and authors – and what happens next.
Panel: Bella Pagan, Pan Macmillan; Lindsey Mooney and Keshini Naidoo, Hera Books
12:20 How to write and publish a bestseller – in a year
Case study: putting advice into practice
Mark Stay, author and co-host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast
13:00 Lunch break
13:45 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. Literary agent Jacq Burns will make brief suggestions for improving your pitch. We’ll try to fit in as many as possible!
14:15 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)
14:50 How to self-publish your book
Self-publishing companies outline different options and models for indie authors.
Panel: Debbie Young, ALLi, Anna Lewis, CompletelyNovel; Nick Coveney, Kobo
15:25 Other publishing routes
Other ways to get published: hybrid and crowdfunding models.
Panel: Clare Christian, Red Door Publishing; Xander Cansell, Unbound
16:00 Coffee Break
PATHS TO SUCCESS
16:15 How to build your online platform
How to build your online platform to equip yourself for career success as an author
Jon Reed, Publishing Talk
16:45 Author success stories
Three authors talk about their different paths to publishing success (plus Q&A)
- Liz Fenwick, author of One Cornish Summer (Orion)
- Natalie Fergie, author of The Sewing Machine (Unbound)
- Nicola May, author of nine novels including The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (self-published)
17:25 Closing Remarks
17:45 onwards – Networking drinks at The Phoenix Arts Club (just across the road from Foyles).