You may have heard that Chichester Copywriter is in the midst of writing a couple of children’s books so when she saw that the 2010 Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival was holding a talk called Getting Published, Kate was there in a flash.
From 19th-21st September the Ham&High Festival hosted 50 diverse events featuring 78 authors, including Giles Coren, Joanna Trollope, Martin Amis and Jeffrey Archer. The event that caught our West Sussex copywriter’s attention was a talk between Pam White, Barbara Levy and Jane Rusbridge on Getting Published.
Pam is a book publicist, offering consultancy advice to writers who want to find a publisher, where as Barbara is a literary agent, whose list includes bestselling thriller writer Chris Ryan. Both industry experts provided advice on getting published and were joined by Associate Lecturer in English at Chichester University and author of The Devil’s Music Jane Rusbridge who added anecdotes about her own experience of the journey to publication.
Chichester Copywriter picked up lots of hints and tips from the literary ladies, including:
- Finding a unique voice within a genre can lead to success e.g. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Achieving an MA in Creative Writing is not essential to getting published although attending workshops helps you to refine and critique your work.
- Send your writing to magazines and competitions. This gives you the opportunity to get feedback and you could even win a prize.
- Be persistent with your writing.
- Network and make connections with other writers, agents and publishers.
- Keep a blog. Publishers favour this as it helps writers to build an audience before publication.
- Look for an agent that specialises in your genre and likes your writing style. They will know the appropriate editors to target.
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