How to Get Published – Programme

How to Get Published - one-day masterclass for writers

Our programme for How to Get Published on Sat 9th Feb, 2019 at Foyles in London is subject to change, but this is how things are shaping up.

Find out more about our speakers, and book online.


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.
Publisher panel

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 includes: Anna Lewis, CompletelyNovel; Nick Coveney, Kobo

15:25 Other publishing routes
Other ways to get published: hybrid and crowdfunding models.
Panel includes: Clare Christian, Red Door Publishing; Unbound

16:00 Coffee Break


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)

17:25 Closing Remarks

17:30 ENDS

17:45 onwards – Networking drinks at The Phoenix Arts Club (just across the road from Foyles).

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