Postponed. Mindshift: From the Pen to the Publisher with Aoife Walsh, Elaine Egan, Alison Walsh & Jonathan Williams
Postponed. Mindshift: From the Pen to the Publisher with Aoife Walsh, Elaine Egan, Alison Walsh & Jonathan Williams

Postponed. Mindshift: From the Pen to the Publisher with Aoife Walsh, Elaine Egan, Alison Walsh & Jonathan Williams

Date TBA
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €80/€70 members

Meet with an agent, an editor, a commissioning editor and a publicist to find out how you can take your book from the pen to the publisher and beyond. This is a professional development day for writers at all stages of their careers.

10 30 – 11.40: How do you find an editor for your book? This talk will cover all aspects of the editorial role, both freelance and in-house; 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.  

11.50 – 1 pmHow do you promote and market your book? With insights into the publishing industry and how publicists and media work; you will learn how to write a good press release, and to capture the attention of the media, the do’s and don’ts in media interviews, how to build your network of contacts, and be your own publicist.

Join Hachette Ireland Publicity Director Elaine Egan for a masterclass in publicity and promotion. Elaine joined the publisher in March 2018 after spending more than three years at Orion as senior publicity manager. Over the past year, she worked on a series of Irish publicity campaigns for local publishing division Hachette Books Ireland and the wider Hachette UK Group.

2 – 3.10 pm: Publishers: How do you approach a commissioning editor? How they find new work and authors; finding a home for your work; agent or editor?; submission guidelines; the questions they ask themselves when considering submissions; questions you can answer for them!

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.

3.15 – 4.25 pmHow do you acquire a literary agent? Agents are experts in the publishing industry and represent the interests of their author-clients. They have inside contacts with specific publishers and know which editors are most likely to buy a particular work.

Jonathan Williams was born in Briton Ferry, Wales.  He worked as a literary agent in Canada for seven years before moving to Dublin in 1986 to open the first literary agency in Ireland. He taught postgraduate courses for nineteen years at both the National University of Ireland Galway and at Trinity College Dublin.  For a quarter of a century he ran the Poems on the DART/Poets’ Corner venture.


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