Booked Out: Online Mindshift: From the Pen to the Publisher Seminars with Alison Walsh, Brian Langan and Aoife K. Walsh

Booked Out: Online Mindshift: From the Pen to the Publisher Seminars with Alison Walsh, Brian Langan and Aoife K. Walsh

Date: Mon 6 July to Wed 8 July
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.00pm
Duration: 3 Days
Cost: €50/€45 members

Meet with a freelance editor, a literary agent and a commissioning editor to find out how you can take your book from the pen to the publisher and beyond. This is a short series of professional development seminars for writers at all stages of their careers. Please note that because these are seminars, there is less participant interaction than with workshops other than the inclusion of a Q & A session.

Monday: How do you find an editor for your book? 

This seminar will cover all aspects of the editorial role. It will examine what an editor looks for in a script; how books are acquired; the editorial process from structural to copyediting and what you, the writer, can expect from your editor. It will also examine the increasingly important role of the freelancer in publishing today, how to find the right freelance editor, practical considerations such as time and cost and how to get the most out of his/her expertise.

Alison Walsh has been an editor for thirty years. She began her career in London at HarperCollins and Orion publishers, before returning to Dublin, where she worked as a commissioning editor with Gill Books, before turning freelance, where she edits a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. She is a regular contributor to the books page of the Sunday Independent and has written a memoir and four novels.  

Tuesday: How do you find a literary agent?

This seminar covers all aspects of the agent’s work on behalf of their author clients to get the best possible publishing deal. They use their contacts with specific publishers and know which editors their clients’ work will appeal to. Before submission, agents work closely with their clients to maximise their chances, focusing on edits, synopsis and pitch. They negotiate contracts with potential publishers and, if appropriate, sell rights such as TV/film and foreign rights. They then continue to represent their clients’ interests throughout the publishing process.

Brian Langan is a freelance editor and literary agent, and founder of Storyline Editing and Storyline Literary Agency. Brian has over two decades’ experience in publishing, most recently as editor at Transworld/Doubleday Ireland, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where his authors included Donal Ryan, Hilary Fannin, Colm O’Regan and Conor O’Clery. Brian is also a published author.

 Wednesday:  How do you approach a commissioning editor?

This seminar will walk you through what happens when you approach a Commissioning Editor. Aoife will explain how publishers find new work and authors; how to find the correct home for your emerging work, whether you should approach an agent or editor? She will talk you through submission guidelines; the questions you ask yourself when considering submissions and will answer those questions for you!

Aoife K. Walsh has worked internationally in the publishing industry since 2005, with Four Courts Press, Literature Ireland, McClelland & Stewart (PRH Canada), The O’Brien Press and now New Island Books. She has also worked freelance as an editor, blogger and publicist. At New Island she is managing books in development and production, as well as commissioning fiction and non-fiction. She made magazines as a child and is forever influenced by the short stories of Alice Munro.



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