A chance for new writers of children’s fiction – published and unpublished – to learn about writing to be published from two senior editors –
Louise Bolongaro (picture book texts 0 to 6) previously with Macmillan and Penguin, now Nosy Crow and Catherine Coe (fiction 5 to 12) previously with Hodder and Orchard Children’s Books
and three of Scotland’s top literary agents –
Lucy Juckes from Jenny Brown Associates
Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross from Fraser Ross Associates
Saturday 26th January 2013
The Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT (10 minutes walk from Waverley Station, 15 minutes from Edinburgh’s Bus Station)
10am to 5pm
Cost £75 including lunch
The children’s book market is lively and vibrant – but highly competitive and exacting. Publishers and Literary Agents receive hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts every month. Of those, only a few will get as far as a publisher’s Acquisitions Meeting, let alone a bookshop.
It is no secret that finding a publisher is tough, so it is vital that writers are well-informed if they are to break into this fascinating, crowded industry.
How can you ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance of becoming a published writer? Catherine Coe and Louise Bolongaro have worked on a wide range of best-selling books and they will share their views on what editors are looking for from children’s writers today. Plotting, point of view, readership, character arc, structure, consistency, pacing, language, page turns, beginnings and endings, settings, perspectives, genres – a writer’s best and most original ideas are nothing without a firm grip on the mechanics of writing. Lucy Juckes, Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross will talk about the Literary Agent’s role in the professional lives of their clients. All those attending will be invited to make a submission for assessment by the Literary Agents.