Publishing is in flux – this we know. So how do we navigate this new, post-apocalyptic, grey-shaded landscape? Fifty-Shades of naughtiness has smashed the idea that fanfiction is a sub of a sub-genre and only for the select few and has destroyed any notion that only ‘‘good writing’ sells. It’s bad. It’s not even so bad it’s good; it’s just bad writing. All previous advice now seems like empty air. So what is a writer to do with their new-born typescript now ?
- Does this mean writers ought to shun the traditional route to publication?
- Does this mean writers ought to forget editing, polishing and fine tuning and go straight from first draft to e-book?
And what of literary consultants? Me?
- How do I advise writers who are looking for guidance on the best route to publication?
- Has the publishing landscape changed completely?
- Or has the ground shifted ever so slightly to allow for light relief? In which case, will things return to normality soon?
With perfect timing, the team behind the writer’s bible – The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook – have put together a one-day conference that seeks to address all these questions and many more I haven’t thought of yet.
The line-up of ‘those in the know’ includes respected agents, leading publishers, and self-published self-taught experts.
The conference takes place in an ideal central London location – easily accessible from Euston/KingsX in the Wellcome Centre, which is why I’m heading down there on Friday night.
I’ve copied in the programme below – I’ll be there. Will you?
I’ll post a full report on Monday.
Date & Time -7th July 2012: 9.30am-4.30pm
Place: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
The How to Get Published conference provides an invaluable opportunity to gather tips and advice from some of the most respected and reputable names in the industry, meet and exchange ideas with other writers and put your publishing questions to a panel of literary agents.
The How to Get Published conference will provide expert advice on:
- Choosing which publishing route
- Knowing when your manuscript is ready
- Getting your submission package in shape
- Targeting agents or publishers
- Understanding what agents are looking for in a submission
- Handling rejection
- The next step- working with your agent or publisher
With a stunning line-up of speakers, the How to Get Published conference offers an indispensable insight to the publishing industry.
Speakers include; Richard Charkin, Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, offering an introduction to the current book market and publishing trends.
Suzanne Joinson, author of A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, and her agent Rachel Calder, of The Sayle Literary Agency, who will be discussing the relationship between author and agent.
Editorial Consultant Cressida Downing, on the practical dos and don’ts of submitting a manuscript.
Kerry Wilkinson, the self-published author who was ranked as one of Amazon’s top 10UK authors within 5 months of releasing his book. With over 250,000 e-book sales, Kerry is uniquely positioned to discuss the self-publishing experience.
Finally, we have a panel of top literary agents, including Patrick Walsh, of Conville and Walsh, and Madeleine Milburn from the recently opened The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.
See the Writers’ & Arists’ Year Book website for full details – hope to see you there!