Workshop 2: Preparing your Novel for Submission
Friday 30 August
Venue: Hastings Contemporary Studio (formerly Jerwood Gallery)
14.00 to 16.45
Tickets £22, available below (limited numbers)
Led by Hannah Sheppard
The Secret to Standout Submissions
Using examples of cover letters and a variety of pitching exercises, this workshop will help you understand what an agent is looking for and how to entice them with your attention-grabbing submission package.
Hannah Sheppard of DHH Literary Agency discusses the dos and don’ts of submitting to agents, how you can make your submission stand out from the pile, and what you should be asking a potential agent.
You’ll go home with practical tips for what to include in your cover letter, how to write a clear synopsis and the tools you need to hone your elevator pitch.
Open to all fiction writers.
Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over fifteen years working in trade publishing: she started in editorial at Macmillan Children’s Books and went on to run Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list. She switched to agenting in 2013. Hannah loves the editorial process and is passionate about stories and helping writers develop their ideas for commercial success.
As an editor Hannah published HEART-SHAPED BRUISE by Tanya Byrne which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy Dagger and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Tanya was also shortlisted for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards.
As an agent she represents Abi Elphinstone, Gabrielle Kent, Keris Stainton, Adam Hamdy and Chris McGeorge amongst others. She represents fiction from 9+ through to commercial adult.
Follow her on twitter @YA_Books