Novel Nights: What does it take to be an author with Literary agent, Juliet Pickering

  • Burdall’s Yard
  • June 24
  • 19:30 - 21:30
  • 10.00
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So you’ve written your book but are you prepared for your next steps towards publication? What do you need to know when submitting your manuscript? And are you prepared for everything that being a published author will bring?

Will you need to use social media? Do you have to market your books yourself? Are you ready for festivals and readings? Should you have more contacts?

In this talk and Q&A, literary agent Juliet Pickering will discuss the expectations on the author, and what you can do to help yourself and your book. (It’s nowhere near as intimidating as it might seem, honest!). She will also cover finding a literary agent.

Three readers can read their work at this event. See novelnights/submissions for details.

Novel Nights wants to be as inclusive as possible so we are offering three free tickets to writers who would not otherwise be able to afford to come to this event. Please email with your name, and a brief note about your circumstances by June 7th and we will pick three names at random to distribute free tickets. Many thanks.

Juliet Pickering worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer before starting at A P Watt in 2003, where she became an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013, becoming Vice Head of the Book Department in 2017, and her authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes and, in 2015, the prestigious French literary award Prix Femina Etranger. Her fiction interests range from literary through to book club, and she enjoys commercial novels with fresh, contemporary and feminist central characters. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, issues of gender and class, cookery and food writing, humour, and all sorts in-between. This event is supported by the Arts Council