Sunday, 3 January 2016

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at the London Writers' Club featuring Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones, full details below, plus writing advice for the unpublished from author Benjamin Johncock:


London Writers' Club
helping writers connect with agents & publishers
Author, Benjamin Johncock, gave us the following top tips for unpublished authors: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refer to yourself as any of the following: budding novelist, aspiring novelist, wannabe novelist, soon-to-be novelist, unpublished novelist, or any variation thereof.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 Also: "unpublished" has many negative connotations.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 question, why?
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 media.
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.
Ben 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 High St.)
Advance tickets: £20 for event plus a free copy of Write a Bestseller by Jacq Burns


Book now for January's event with agent, Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones
Tuesday,January 19
speaker will start at  6.45pm 
The Cube, 155 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ (nearest station, Shoreditch High St.)
Spend an evening in the company of a literary agency PLUS a chance to pitch your book one to one.
Members: free 
£20 for non-members for event plus a free copy of Write a Bestseller by Jacq Burns
'Informative, insightful and fun. I would recommend any aspiring writer to pop along'  Mark Morris, Speechwriter for NATO Secretary General.
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