Anna Davidson

Saturday 20 May 2023

10:45 to 12:45


So, you’ve found an agent or a publisher – but what happens next? If you’re hoping to turn your hobby into a career, this workshop will give you the lowdown on the editorial and publishing processes in a typical publishing house. From how the decision to acquire a book gets made through to who else will read final page proofs, discover how to make your publishing experience as rewarding as possible.

We will cover the stages of editing, including understanding house style and how copy-editing differs from structural and line editing and proofreading. We’ll also look at a standard critical path so you know what to expect when, from delivery of manuscript onwards. Agents and publishers don’t always have time to hand-hold debut novelists through the publishing process – if you’d like to know what to expect from your editor, come along.

Anna Davidson has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years as an editor and managing editor, across fiction, non-fiction, adult and children’s books. Past roles include Head of Editorial Management for Faber & Faber and Editorial Associate Trainer for the London School of Publishing. Anna is also a published non-fiction author and Faber Academy alumna. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.