As we’re taking our Publishing Day series on the road this week as part of the Belfast Book Festival, we’ve put together a few quick tips for aspiring writers on how to get published: 


1. Google Is your Friend

Research each publisher and know who you’re submitting to. Read submission guidelines carefully and note whether unsolicited manuscripts are accepted, what genres they publish and what authors are on their lists.

2.  A Clean Pair of Eyes

Find someone who will read your work with a keen eye and who is prepared to give you honest feedback before sending out your manuscript. Having a literary editor among your circle of friends isn’t essential but is recommended!

3.  Spoilers Are Okay

Most publishers will require a synopsis. A synopsis is usually around 300 words and is not a blurb. It should let the editor or agent know about the main characters and how the plot unfolds.

4.  Nail your Pitch

An editor or agent may not have much time to spend on your manuscript so be sure to hone that cover letter and synopsis as best you can before submission.

5.  Keep the Faith

The path to publication can be tough but trust your own voice and don’t give in to publishing trends.


Want to learn more? Join our industry experts like Patsy Horton of Blackstaff Press/Publishing Ireland, arts publicist Stephanie Dickenson and authors Jan Carson and Gavin Corbett who will discuss their own publishing experiences. 

Event details 

Date: Saturday 13 June 2015
Time: 10.30am–4pm
Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Cost: £30 / £25* IWC Members & Crescent Arts Centre Writing Groups

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