16th August 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
To celebrate publication of the 112th edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, we’re showcasing exactly what the Yearbook does best: putting you – the writer – in touch with the publishing industry.
Literary agents receive hundreds of submissions from writers each week, and if you’re serious about your work being published then it’s important to understand the current marketplace, how agents work alongside the author and, crucially, tips on how best to submit your work to them.
Hosted at Google’s Digital Academy, this one-off evening event sees three leading UK literary agents – Ed Wilson, Laura Williams and Davinia Andrew-Lynch –in discussion about the do’s and don’ts of the manuscript submission process; from what to include in your covering letter through to how make those first chapters really fly off the page and ways to work on your synopsis.
Whether you’re writing literary fiction, a children’s adventure story or you’re working on a non-fiction project, you’ll leave with the knowledge you need to give your manuscript the best chance of standing out from the crowd.
A Q&A session with the agents will round-off the event, and all in attendance will have the opportunity to buy both 2019 editions of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook at an exclusive discounted price. We hope to see you there!
18.30-19.00: Reception drinks, nibbles and Google Virtual Reality Hub
19.00-20.30: How To Submit Your Manuscript with Ed Wilson, Davinia Andrew-Lynch and Laura Williams
20.30-21.30: Networking drinks
Ed Wilson has been an agent at Johnson & Alcock since 2007. He represents a diverse list of fiction and non-fiction, encompassing everything from new and debut writers to established, bestselling and award-winning authors.
In fiction, he looks for anything with originality and style, both literary and commercial: books with an imaginative setting, strong narrative voice and compelling premise. He is actively building a SFF list and is always on the lookout for books that transcend genre. High concept writing, intelligent crime and thrillers, crossover teen and YA should all be sent his way. His non-fiction tastes cover sport, natural history, popular culture, intelligent and original graphics and infographics, and anything quirky.
Davinia Andrew-Lynch is the founder of ANDLYN, a boutique agency dedicated to children's fiction and content. The aim of the agency is to find authors whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Davinia was previously an associate agent at a highly reputable film and television agency, and worked simultaneously as a freelance children's fiction editor and reader for various publishers, literary agencies, consultancies and scouts. ANDLYN launched the Faber Andlyn BAME Prize in 2016 with publishers Faber & Faber to help find new BAME voices in children's literature and illustration.
ANDLYN are actively looking for new talent and want to discover stories that will smack them between the eyes and capture their hearts. They welcome picture books, middle grade, young adult and cross-over fiction alongside non-fiction material and represent both writers and illustrators.
Laura Williams is an agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she has been working since 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, like a big love story or intense family dramas.
The event will be held at Google Digital Academy, 123 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Doors will open at 18.30pm, with drinks and nibbles provided upon arrival
The price for this event is £20.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
Price inclusive of standard VAT.
Please note that this is not a ticketed event, so you don't need to bring anything on the day as your names will be on our guestlist.