How to impress a publisher
Time: 14:00 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW158
Available start dates
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Want to submit your manuscript to agents and publishers? This day workshop led by a publishing industry insider offers advice and guidance to aspiring authors on how to best present their work for publication. Advice will be given on finding the right agent for you, writing a professional cover letter and perfecting your synopsis.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- How to find the right agent for you.
- Identifying your genre and other books in the same market.
- An overview of the submission process.
- How to write a cover letter and synopsis.
- What publishing options are available?
- How to work with agents.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand where your book fits in the market.
- Understand how to find an appropriate agent and how to work with them if offered representation.
- Understand how to put together an impressive submission package.
- Understand the publishing options available to you.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at students who are either writing a novel or have finished their manuscript. Students should either be ready to submit to agents and publishers or planning to submit in the near future.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, discussion and formal instruction from the tutor.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of courses for aspiring authors on topics such as novel writing, memoir, self-publishing and building an author platform. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Lisa Goll has worked in publishing for the past fifteen years in a variety of marketing roles and is now Events Manager at Bloomsbury Publishing where she is responsible for the Bloomsbury Institute, Bloomsbury’s public events series. Beyond Bloomsbury, Lisa is the Owner and Chair of the London Writers’ Café – the country’s biggest fiction writing group – where she manages writing development and organises events for a community of 3,000+ fiction writers to realise their writing and publishing ambitions. As Chair of LWC since May 2010, Lisa has hosted more than 300 events for fiction writers. Lisa now teaches marketing and publishing courses at City Lit and is a qualified writing coach. Follow her @LisasShare and @Ldnwriterscafe
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.