HOW TO GET PUBLISHED DAY
If you were feeling disconnected and less creative during these difficult times, we had a solution which might have helped. We were thrilled to announce our online How To Get Published day and had a great line up of publishing professionals to impart their knowledge of the industry to you and keep you motivated and entertained.
Whether you want to know how to perfect your submission package, how an agent or editor works with an author, how picture book authors and illustrators are matched, how a digital publisher works, which genres sit inside commercial fiction, how the rights to your book are managed, or how to lift the veil on your own creativity, then we had all the right guests for you.
LITERARY AGENT AT GREENE AND HEATON
Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas. Laura regularly takes part in our #Agent121 online feedback sessions.
WHAT DOES A LITERARY AGENT LOOK FOR?
Representing a plethora of award-winning and short/longlisted authors, Laura helped you :-
- Jazz up your cover letter to ensure you tick all the boxes – and get rid of all the crosses
- Perfect that dreaded synopsis – what to pitch and what to avoid
- Hone your first three chapters – what really grabs an agent’s attention?
- Write a character that the reader believes in
- Plotting from the inciting incident to the resolution – practical tips to stay on track
- Ensure your book is a dream for your agent to sell – what trends are in, and what are definitely out
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT CANELO
Louise Cullen is editorial director at Canelo Digital Publishing, a London-based publisher founded in 2015. She has worked in the industry for nearly ten years and continues to seek exciting new voices in fiction, in particular in genres of crime, psychology thriller and women’s fiction. She has worked with some of the best fiction novelists in the UK including Sanjida Kay, Michael Ridpath, Mario Reading, Holly Seddon, Rachel Lynch, Marion Todd and Darcie Boleyn. Louise is keen to help you learn how to get published in today’s digital market.
DIGITAL PUBLISHING – WHAT IS IT AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
Louise explained :-
- What it means to be a digital publisher
- How digital publishing differs from traditional publishing
- Whether print readers and ebook readers are the same
- How YOU can pitch successfully to a digital publisher
- Current digital trends and how your book may fit
- How digital publishers can overcome challenges
COMMISSIONING EDITOR QUARTO | LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG DREAMS BRAND MANAGER
Katy has been working in children’s publishing for five years. She works on a mix of narrative non-fiction and picture books and handles about 40 titles a year. She loves opening up the conversation between publishers and creatives, and reducing the mystery about the industry to help unpublished authors and illustrators learn how to get published. Having been asked to write about any number of subjects as an in-house editor, from human bodies to dinosaurs, Katy has authored the best-selling Story Orchestra series.
THE SMART AUTHOR’S WAY TO PICTURE BOOK SUCCESS
With her wealth of picture book experience, Katy showed how you can :-
- Form connections and community – gather contact names and build your presence
- Pitch when you don’t know someone – ideas to help you get your first commission
- Play the long game – the smart author’s way into publishing, including narrative non-fiction and writing for hire
- Stay resilient – how to bounce back from rejection and keep going
- Understand the current trends – when business and creative collides
- Keep up the pace – can you write quickly, are you flexible and how will you help promote your book?
HEAD OF RIGHTS – HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
Zoe Shine is Head of Rights at HarperCollins Publishers specialising in selling US, German and Italian rights in the Fiction list and selling Serialisation rights across the list to all the major newspapers. She has been in the HarperCollins Rights Team since 1995 but took an 8 year career break in 2006 to move to Singapore with her family where she briefly worked for a Mandarin/English language Publisher based in Hong Kong, helping them distribute books to International Schools in Singapore. After graduating with an MA in History from Edinburgh University, Zoe began her publishing career at Penguin in the Editorial Department working on Non-Fiction and Fiction titles for the Viking Imprint. Moving to Transworld to work in Rights – a part of the publishing process she knew little about – Zoe quickly became hooked and moved to HarperCollins where she has been ever since.
PUBLISHING RIGHTS, ADVANCES, ROYALTIES – HOW DOES AN AUTHOR BENEFIT?
Selling serialisation rights and books in the EU and US, Zoe is well placed to cover :-
- Exactly what the Rights Department does –how a book is licensed across different languages, territories, formats and platforms
- What Advantages a Rights Department can make to an author and publisher.
- The Process of submitting books – outlines, pre-publication, post publication, book fairs
- Contracting rights – what the sub-rights contract covers
- Split for authors – different splits for different rights and how they are accounted for
- How advances and royalties are set
- The advantages of selling rights – exposure, kudos, financial benefit of earning out advance and later earning royalties
LITERARY AGENT AT KANE LITERARY AGENCY
PUBLISHER AT THREE HARES PUBLISHING
A literary agent for 15 years, Yasmin set up her own publishing house, Three Hares Publishing, in 2014. Yasmin strives to be at the cusp of change in a continuously evolving and fast-paced industry. Her agency, Kane Literary Agency, specialises in thought-provoking YA, children’s fiction and non fiction. Three Hares publishes Adult, YA and children’s fiction. Yasmin loves working closely with authors, being an agent and publisher in a small publishing house enables her to do this. She curated literary events at Midsummer Muswell Festival in 2017 and regularly participates in agent one-to-ones at London Book Fair, Winchester Writers’ Festival, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Hampshire Writers’ Society, the Historical Novel Society and online here at I AM in print. Yasmin is currently adding to her agency list and looking for non fiction – memoirs, (meta physics et al) and those all elusive stories which stay with you long after the last page has been turned…
LIFTING THE VEIL ON CREATIVITY
An experienced literary agent AND publisher, Yasmin is passionate about story. Improve your own writing by understanding :-
- What creativity is
- Where creativity comes from and how to connect with it
- How to use your creativity to best effect and let your writing sell itself
- Your unique voice – find it and let your creativity flow
- How agents, publishers and authors work together to bring out the best in your book
AUTHOR AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT HARPER FICTION AND AVON
Phoebe Morgan is an editorial director at HarperCollins, working across two divisions: Avon and HarperFiction. She mainly focuses on crime and thriller and has published numerous multiple Sunday Times and Kindle bestsellers. Prior to working at HarperCollins, she worked at Octopus Books and Orion Books, and in 2018 she won a Trailblazer Award in association with the London Book Fair. Phoebe loves nothing more than finding new voices and is always on the look out for exciting manuscripts. She also writes thrillers, published by HQ: The Doll House, The Girl Next Door, and The Babysitter. Her books have sold over 70,000 copies and been translated into eight languages. She will have two further books out with HQ in 2021 and 2022.
COMMERCIAL FICTION – FIND YOUR HOOK, PITCH YOUR BOOK
Phoebe used her editorial experience to help demystify one of the largest sections of the industry. She discussed :-
- Commercial fiction – unravelling the genres
- Different imprints within one of the Top 5 UK publishers
- How the submission process works inside a publishing house
- How to pitch – the importance of your hook and first three chapters
- What to expect once you sign a book deal – how each part of the business works together