Tutor: Janet Gover

Course Details

For this pilot course only, the cost is £45 for RNA members and £65 for non-members

You’ve written, rewritten, edited and edited again. Now your book is ready – but how do you get it out there into the world?

For those planning the traditional route to a publishing career, this course looks at how to catch the attention of an agent or editor in the best possible way.  You will emerge from this course with a ready to go submission pack.

For those wishing to submit to publishers and agents, this course covers writing an agent letter and synopsis, proper MS formatting, researching who and what to send. We’ll also look at dealing with rejection, and what to expect if you are successful.

Topics are:

  • Week 1 – Preparing your MS and deciding where to send it.
  • Week 2 – Writing a synopsis
  • Week 3 – Writing a submission letter and pitch line.
  • Week 4 – Dealing with rejection and what to expect if you succeed.

Each week, a new lesson will be posted, which will include a short video, a written handout and exercise. Feedback will be given on each exercise and there will be online text chats. Each week’s material will take under an hour to review. Exercises will take as long as you wish to devote to them. This course would be of most benefit to attendees who have a book ready, or almost ready for submission.

In the highly competitive publishing world, agents and editors are looking for a reason to say ‘Yes’ to your submission. This course will help you give your book the very best chance of success.

About the Tutor:

Janet Gover is the RNA’s NWS organiser, a RoNA award winner and a well-regarded writing tutor. She is also part of the RNA’s education team.  She has 13 published books – number 14 is on the way.

In preparing this course, she has drawn on her own experiences, and on discussions with agents and editors. In her ‘other life’ she is a qualified IT trainer with a specialty in online training. She hastens to add that that no special IT skills or equipment are needed to join this course.

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