Want to be the first to hear about future events and BookCamp courses? Then sign up to our mailing list to keep up-to-date with Kate Nash Literary Agency events here:
Our past #BookCamp workshops have included…
CRAFT YOUR SUCCESSFUL ELEVATOR PITCH
Can you sell your book in one sentence? It’s difficult, but essential. A strong, catchy pitch works wonders and immediately sparks interest from agents and publishers alike. Together, we discussed the importance of elevator pitches to the submissions process and how vital they are when industry professionals are assessing work. We analysed successful examples, explored what intrigued us and explained how to avoid some of the most common mistakes. Attendees had the opportunity to practise formulating pitches and learn how to burrow down and describe the core of their project, before putting these insights into practice and attempting to pitch their own book.
WRITE A WINNING SYNOPSIS
Synopses are hard to write. What do you include? Should there be spoilers? Is that too much detail? And what’s the point of summarising a book anyway?
However, synopses are vital for the success of any submission. This course details the importance of synopses to the submissions process and how agents use them to assess work. Attendees analysed some successful outlines, exploring what grabbed our attention, and learned how to avoid some of the common pitfalls. We examined the style of a good synopsis, how to entertain and interest an agent, and, finally, gave attendees the opportunity to put these insights into practice and work up the skeleton of their own synopsis.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
As an author, you don’t just write books: you are a creator of intellectual property. This course covers what you need to know as an author to protect, assert and make the most of your intellectual property rights. From the page to the screen, attendees learned why it’s important to make informed decisions about granting rights and what you need to look out for before you sign that publishing contract.
MARKET YOUR BOOK
Whether you are self-publishing or wanting to help your publisher’s marketing and publicity effort, this course demonstrates the range of marketing activities that authors can do to grow awareness and sales. From how best to approach bookshops to running digital advertising campaigns, attendees left this course armed with knowledge of how to write their marketing plan and brimming full of practical ideas to put into action.