Manchester Insight Day: when & where?
When? Saturday 4 February 2017, 11.00-17.00
Where? Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5N
Applications are now closed.
What's on offer?
You'll be one of 50 writers joining us for the afternoon. The day will include:
We know that the publishing industry can sometimes seem like a 'closed shop' and that it can be confusing to understand how the word document saved on your laptop could top the bestseller list. We'll follow the journey of a book from manuscript to bookshelf, focusing in particular on how to get your foot in the door - including how to write a cover letter to an agent, and how to pitch your book. This will include hearing from:
- The Author: it all starts with you and your book.
- The Agent: Elise Dillsworth from Elise Dillsworth Literary Agency will explain the role agents play as the key link between authors and publishers, and give her top tips on how to get your book noticed.
- The Editor: a commissioning editor will describe their role, focusing in particular on the acquisitions process (deciding which books to buy) as well as describing how they would work with an author to get a finished manuscript ready for publication.
You'll also hear a little more about what it's like to be a published Penguin Random House author, including how we design a book's cover, how we create a 'buzz' around our books by connecting authors with their readers, and how we work with customers - from small independent bookshops to the likes of Asda and Tesco.
We have a team of Penguin Random House editors excited to meet you and to read your work (scroll down to see who they are and what they do). Each writer coming along to our workshops will spend 20 minutes talking with an editor about your book and your writing style. We'll ask you to send us up to 5,000 words two weeks before the workshop so that our editors can come ready with suggestions and constructive feedback.
Join authors John O'Farrell, A.A Dhand, Lynsey Hanley and Imran Mahmood in conversation with one of our editors.
Join Children's authors Bali Rai and Polly Ho-Yen in conversation with one of our Children's editors.
For this interactive session you'll join a small round table discussion alongside authors, agents and Penguin Random House staff. We'll ask you to share your views on what more we could do to make the publishing industry more accessible.
We know how important those chats over coffee and biscuits can be, so we'll make sure you get the chance to speak to our editors, agents and authors more informally throughout the day.