A short course to help you get your manuscript read by agents and publishers
This course is about the submission package, that last vital hurdle lying across your path to publication, and the one at which seriously huge numbers of writers fall. This course is here to make sure that you're not one of them. Or, if this describes your submissions experience in the past, we'll pick you up, dust you down, and help you prepare a package that will give your manuscript its very best shot.
To be clear, a dazzling covering letter and gripping synopsis won't sell your book to a publisher if the book itself doesn't live up to the promises of the pitch. But if the promises of the pitch aren't presented clearly and engagingly, and in a professional manner, then the manuscript itself, even if it is quite stunningly brilliant, is unlikely to ever get read, and no-one will ever know how fabulous it is.
When: 09 January to 30 January
Sessions: 4 x 2 hours
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Tutor Feedback: Plenty
Course Programme 2024
Tuesday Evenings - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Week 1: Overview and Covering Letter Week 2: Synopsis and Structure Week 3: Synopsis
Week 4: Opening Pages
Each week you'll spend two hours on Zoom with your tutor and peers, focusing on one element of the package: the letter, the synopsis or the sample pages.
Our clients tell us the thing they most value is personal feedback on their work, so you'll get a generous level of feedback throughout this course.
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There is an industry standard and professional expectation attached to the submissions package that you will send out to an agent or publisher. If you don't have a thorough understanding of what those expectations are, you won't be able to deliver on them, and all those wonderful words that you've worked so hard to produce and polish are unlikely to make it past the slush pile. Unless you're a celebrity of course, in which case, don't worry about this part of the process. But for the rest of you, this course is here to help you get your work read.
If you have any questions about this course, send us an email at email@example.com and we'll get back to you. We promise, we don't bite here at The Writing Retreat, not even Becks, our writing retreat dog.
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