What is the course about?
Want to submit your manuscript to agents and publishers? This day workshop led by a publishing industry insider offers advice and guidance to aspiring authors on how to best present their work for publication. Advice will be given on finding the right agent for you, writing a professional cover letter and perfecting your synopsis.
Lisa Goll has worked in publishing for the past dozen years and is now responsible for the Bloomsbury Institute, an events division of Bloomsbury Publishing in London. Beyond Bloomsbury, Lisa is the owner of the London Writers’ Café – the country’s biggest creative writing group – where she programmes an array of events for her community of 2,500+ writers to realise their writing and publishing ambitions. As chair of LWC since 2010, Lisa has hosted more than 250 events for fiction writers and is a qualified coach.
What will we cover?
- How to find the right agent for you.
- Identifying your genre and other books in the same market.
- An overview of the submission process.
- How to write a cover letter and synopsis.
- What publishing options are available?
- How to work with agents.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand where your book fits in the market
- Understand how to find an appropriate agent and how to work with them if offered representation.
- Understand how to put together an impressive submission package.
- Understand the publishing options available to you.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at students who are either writing a novel or have finished their manuscript. Students should either be ready to submit to agents and publishers or planning to submit in the near future.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, discussion and formal instruction from the tutor.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offers a range of courses for aspiring authors on topics such as novel writing, memoir, self-publishing and building an author platform. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details