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How to Impress a Publisher (One Day Course at CityLit)

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City Lit

Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA · London

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Hello everyone,

City Lit have asked me to teach a one day course on how to impress a publisher.

If you're preparing to submit your manuscript to agents and publishers, there are things you need to know to improve your chances of success. This day workshop led by me will offer advice and guidance to aspiring authors on how to best present their work for publication. Advice will be given on perfecting your pitch, finding the right agent for you, writing a professional cover letter and perfecting your synopsis. It brings together almost nine years of the advice given in the talks that I've organised for LWC with agents, publishers and authors.

I'll also aim to cover:
How do you know you're ready to submit to publishers and agents?
Navigating the submission process - and how not to lose your cool
The five questions to ask when meeting with agents (or publishers)
Which publishers allow direct submissions - and how to approach them

I thought this might be of interest to all of you so I'm sharing it here. You must book with CityLit directly to attend this event.

It sold out the last time they ran this course so do book now if you'd like a place:

Cheers, Lisa

I've worked for the past 14 years in marketing departments for major publishers and book retailers: The New York Times, Waterstones, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury. See more about my professional experience via LinkedIn:

Any questions, please post a comment below and I'll respond as soon as I can. This course is organised by CityLit so there may be some questions where you'll need to ask them but I'll do my best to answer.

PHOTO: Molière reading Tartuffe at the literary salon of Anne “Ninon” de Lenclos in the 1660s, as depicted by Nicolas-André Monsiau in 1802: