Hundreds of publishers, agents, authors and booksellers all under one roof, meeting, negotiating, competing and gossiping! The London Book Fair is the place to soak up some literary atmos and I’m pleased to say that the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, along with Authorhouse, Blackwell’s and the Daily Mail , is sponsoring this year’s ‘How to Get Published’ masterclass on Saturday 18 April.
For an aspiring writer, the LBF is an opportunity to get an eye-full of the latest publishing action. You can browse publisher’s stands, read their catalogues, find out which houses publish ‘your’ genre, and size up the competition. It’s a chance to test your charm by attempting to procure some useful info from a friendly commissioning editor, or failing that, a free pencil (you can never have too many) …
Attend our masterclass, however, and you’ll come away with more than a logo-ed bag and snazzy pencils. For 30 whole English pounds you’ll hear the advice of leading authors and publishing experts, including:
- Kate Mosse , author of bestseller Labyrinth – and the writer of the foreword to our Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2009;
- Andrew Miller, author of Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award (now the Costa Book Awards);
- Bill Swainson, a senior commissioning editor for Bloomsbury and another of our Yearbook contributors;
- and Simon Trewin, co-head of the books dept at literary and talent agency United Agents.
You can buy tickets via the London Book Fair website. They sell like hot cakes, so get in quick to guarantee a place and pitch up early if you want to bagsy yourself a seat in the front row (humour).
Warm wishes, Jo