How To Get Published

6th May 2021 6:00pm to 7th May 2021 8:15pm, Online

Are you writing but could do with some inspiration to help you along? Are you looking for writing advice to help hone your craft? Do you want to find out more about the publishing process - from securing literary representation to signing a book deal? 

We're partnering once again with the Open University over two evenings in May for How To Get Published, an online incarnation of our successful pre-pandemic conference format. Which means business as usual, with a line-up of acclaimed authors, commissioning editors and literary agents on hand to offer tips on the creative process as well as invaluable insight into the world of publishing.


Thursday 6th May 

6pm: Introduction to the event (house-keeping rules, a bit about W&A, a bit about OU, and associated materials) 

6.10-7.10pm: Writing Across Genres with Anita Sethi 

Publishing Creative Non-Fiction with 
Silé Edwards, literary agent at Mushens Entertainment, Assallah Tahir, Commissioning Editor for Adult Non-fiction at Simon & Schuster, and Cameron Myers, Non-fiction editor at Hodder & Stoughton

Friday 7th May

6pm: Introduction to the event (house-keeping rules, a bit about W&A, a bit about OU, and associated materials) 

6.10-7.10pm: The question of research with Natasha Pulley 

7.10-8.10: How Stories Are Sold with Sarah McLean, International Sales Director at Bloomsbury Publishing and Sarah Knight, UK Sales Director at Bloomsbury Publishing

Speaker profiles
Natasha Pulley

Natasha is the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks. An international bestseller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, the Locus Awards, and remained on the Sunday Times bestseller list for much of summer 2016. The Bedlam Stacks was longlisted for the Walter Scott Award and shortlisted for the Encore Award.

Natasha has lived in Japan as a Daiwa Scholar, as well as China and Peru. She was a 2016 Gladstone Writer in Residence, and she teaches on Bath Spa University’s Creative Writing BA, alongside short courses at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

Anita Sethi

Anita was born in Manchester, UK and is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain (Bloomsbury, Spring 2021), the first in her nature writing trilogy, to be followed by Nocturne (Bloomsbury, June 2022) and Forces (Bloomsbury, April 2024).

She has written for national and international newspapers and is forthcoming in the anthology Women on Nature edited by Katharine Norbury, and has been published in Common People edited by Kit de Waal, the Seasons nature writing anthology edited by Melissa Harrison and Seaside Special: Postcards from the Edge edited by Jenn Ashworth (published May 2018). 

Silé Edwards

Silé  began her career in publishing with several internships across the industry whilst studying for a degree in English with Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University. After graduating she worked at the Publishers Association supporting their campaigns and other communications functions. She then moved to Curtis Brown as an assistant in the Book Department, where she supported deals for a large and eclectic list of clients including Adam Kay, Deliciously Ella, Alys Fowler, Viv Groskop, Katy Brand and Lucy Foley. She is a trustee for award-winning mentoring charity and network Arts Emergency.

Silé is a literary agent at Mushens Entertainment, where she is interested in a range of Non-Fiction from emotive life writing to topical essay-like writing to projects on cookery and food. She is particularly keen on finding experts in their field who want to write about what they know in a way that everyone can understand, appreciate and enjoy. 

Silé also accepts fiction submissions and is especially interested in crime thrillers, romantic comedies, and upmarket fiction. 

Sarah McLean

Sarah is International Sales Director at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she has managed the adult trade, adult special interest and children’s lists since early 2019. Sarah has over 14 years' experience having worked across both educational and trade publishing, and prior to Bloomsbury, worked at Pan Macmillan for seven years, where she helped build audiences for authors such as Jeffrey Archer, Jessie Burton, Joe Wicks and Hanya Yanagihara.

Assallah Tahir

Assallah Tahir is a commissioning editor in non-fiction at Simon & Schusters, where she is building a list in activism, history, culture, pop science and memoir. Recent acquisitions include The Face Race by Kashmir Hill, which charts the rise of facial recognition technology, and Kieran Yates' All the Houses I've Ever Lived In, a memoir that explores Britain's housing crisis. She started her publishing career in 2016, on a trainee scheme at HarperCollins, and from there moved to Penguin Random House, where she worked across fiction and non-fiction including Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, the cookbook East by Meera Sodha and Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera. 

Sarah Knight

Sarah Knight is the UK Sales Director at Bloomsbury, with responsibility for the adult and online sales teams. Sarah has over 17 years of experience and has worked across a variety of roles covering adult trade, special interest and children's publishing, as well as a stint as a sales analyst. During her career she has contributed to growing brand authors such as Ben Macintyre, William Boyd, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Elizabeth Gilbert and Khaled Hosseini.

Cameron Myers

Cameron is an Editor with Hodder & Stoughton's General Non-Fiction team, where he started as an intern via Creative Access. He was also one of SYP London's Event Coordinators in 2019. He loves discovering non-fiction books that deal with pop culture, politics and current affairs. He loves to read books that he can pass on and discuss with friends - and is always on the lookout for new podcasts, films and tv series to binge. 

Booking & payment

The price for this event is £35.

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Price inclusive of standard VAT.


Event Details

The event will take place online via a video conferencing platform. Full details and joining instructions will be sent to attendees prior to the event.