London Writers' Club agent event - Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones 19 January 2016
There is an agent event coming up on the 19th of January at the London Writers' Club featuring Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones, full details below, plus writing advice for the unpublished from author Benjamin Johncock:
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Author, Benjamin Johncock, gave us the following top
tips for unpublished authors:
1. Write a great book. This is very hard and will
take you a very long time. See (3.).
2. Never refer to yourself as any of the following:
budding novelist, aspiring novelist, wannabe novelist, soon-to-be
novelist, unpublished novelist, or any variation thereof. Write it
large and loud: I AM A NOVELIST. You're either writing a novel, or
you're not, right? If you're calling yourself an "aspiring
novelist", what does that even mean? That you might write a
novel one day? It says two things very clearly: I'm not serious
about this (and in order to succeed, and be taken seriously, you
need to be very serious yourself) and I'm not a very good writer
(because 50% of your sentence is redundant, and
gives-presumably-the wrong impression). Also: "unpublished"
has many negative connotations. And it immediately provokes the
3. Take it seriously. See (5.).
4. Be professional, courteous and respectful at all
times, to all people, both in person, on email, and on social
5. Learn as much about the industry you want to work
in-publishing-as you can, because that's where published authors
work. A published author is part of this industry. You see, your
book is art, but when it's published, it's also a product, as well
as art. If you're not keen on that idea, that's fine-scribble away
to your heart's content, then put your manuscript under your bed
where no one will be able to read it.
6. Meet as many people who work in (5.) as you can,
either in person, on email, or on social media. Workshops, courses,
talks, Twitter, websites, festivals, open days. This is not 1995.
Literary agents are not mythical beings sat behind cherrywood desks
and brass plaques in posh and obscure parts of London. They are
Real People. They are not "Gatekeepers" (oh, how some
people love that word). Their gates are flung wide open and they
beckon you in, saying, please have written something wonderful so
that I may take you on and sell it to a publisher on your behalf.
It's down to you to write something wonderful. See (1.).
7. Never give up, and also know when to give up.
Johncock is the writer of the brilliant, The
Last Pilot. His short stories have been published by The
Fiction Desk and The Junket. He is the recipient of an Arts Council
England grant and the American Literary Merit Award, and is a
winner of Comma Press's National Short Story Day competition. He
also writes for the Guardian.
We have a GIVE-AWAY
of Ben's book to the first person to respond here.
Event in January 2016
Date for your 2016 diary!
What: Event with agent, Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones
When: 19 January, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: The Cube, Studio 5, 155
Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ (nearest station is Shoreditch