Get Your Book Published: Guardian Masterclass, London

The new place/no broadband saga continues, but I’ve found a bit of a stop-gap solution. It involves me getting up extremely early and renting a hot desk for a week or so (a hot desk=a desk in a shared office that usually comes with internet access) but it’s better than trying to keep up with all things blog, Twitter and Facebook using only my phone. Normal service should resume shortly…

In the meantime: a reminder. I’m off to London in a couple of weeks for the Guardian’s Getting Your Book Published Masterclass (and, of course, a mini-spree in my beloved Paperchase!). It’s a great event because it recognizes that in the current publishing climate, there’s no such thing as one size fits all and that, for many writers, a combination of both traditional publication and self-publication might be the ideal path to pursue. All the details are below and hopefully I’ll see you there…


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Writing a novel is tough, but the labours of getting it into print are tougher still. You’ll need to find the right agent and to write a pitch seductive enough to make your work stand out from thousands of other submissions. And that’s just the start.

Literary agent Kerry Glencorse, crime novelist Dreda Say Mitchell, agent Hellie Ogden, self-published success Catherine Ryan Howard, PR expert Tory Lyne-Pirkis and publishing expert Danuta Kean – as well as Liesel Schwarz to tell you what it’s like to go from unpublished hopeful to a major three book deal – are among a the industry insiders who will show you what it takes to go from pitch to publication.

During this weekend course you will receive practical advice on how to find – and impress – an agent, alongside tips on writing trends, networking, self-publishing and much more. You’ll leave the course knowing how to draft the crucial pitch letter and write your synopsis, and with a clear understanding of how to get your book into print.

Dates: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2013
Times: 10am-5pm
Venue: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £350 (includes VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 18 (except keynote where capacity is 36)

Click here for more information and/or to book your place

4 thoughts on “Get Your Book Published: Guardian Masterclass, London

  1. claudenougat says:

    Sounds interesting…But I live in Italy and it would be quite an investment, if you add the trip to the UK…Is it really worth it? Have you been to such an event before?

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I can’t really say either way because I wouldn’t want you travelling from Italy especially and then feeling afterwards like you shouldn’t have. What I would say is that Guardian Masterclasses have a great reputation and there’s lots to be gained from this event. (It would also be great to meet you!) I know when I attend these kinds of things as a participant I always come away newly inspired and motivated. But I don’t know if I would travel especially, I can only leave that up to you.

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