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SYP November Workshop: Discovering new authors and working with publishers

Exclusively open to SYP members! Application only.

How do books get chosen for publication? How does a literary agent know what to look for in a book? What makes a book a bestseller?

Our FINAL workshop of the year will be answering these questions as we discuss the role of the literary agent on Wednesday 22nd November at Hachette UK (Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ) starting at 6:30pm and ending at 8:30pm.

Workshop goers will learn in a two hour session what it takes to seek out new talent as well as gaining an understanding of how the agent/author/publisher relationship works, and how you can make your author stand head and shoulders above the rest. There’s no need to prep anything beforehand: you’re are invited to bring a pen, paper and lots of questions! While we imagine this workshop would interest aspiring agents this would also be a useful workshop for those working in editorial too, or hope to be soon.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from industry expert Gaia Banks, a literary and foreign rights agent at Sheil Land Associates. Workshop groups are small in order to allow one-to-one advice in an informal and relaxed environment.

Should you wish to take part, applicants are asked to apply by emailing syp.london@gmail.com with a short paragraph (up to 300 words) about themselves and why they would like to attend the workshop. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th November.

Applicants must ensure that they’re available to attend the workshop when applying. Should you find that you’re no longer able to attend please give a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to the workshop. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice this could potentially hinder your chance of attending future workshops. We often have a waiting list for our workshops, please don’t the deny the opportunity for someone else to take your place!

SYP London workshops are held on a monthly basis on a different area of publishing; they’re designed so that workshop goers can learn and take something away with them. So far we’ve done a wide variety of workshops on a number of areas in publishing and have covered areas such as: how to create a marketing pitch, how to BookTube and even on how to code.

Event Details

22nd November 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Hachette UK Carmelite House
London, EC4Y 0DZ United Kingdom