Tuesday 9 July 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This event is a partnership with Arvon.

Navigating your way from manuscript to book deal.

Is your book ready to share with the world? James Spackman and Mary Morris will guide you through every stage of the publication process, from traditional publishing – how it works and how you can work it – to the pros and cons of self-publishing and crowdfunding.  Are agents necessary, and if so, how do you grab an agent’s attention? How do advances and royalties work? What does a PR campaign do for your book, and how should authors engage with social media?  They’ll help you to avoid common pitfalls and learn how to polish your pitch to perfection.

Competition is fierce – but there are ways to give your book the very best chance of success, and they’ll help you find them.

Concessions available, see box office listing for details.

A number of full bursaries are also available for this workshop.  Contact customhouse@literatureworks.org.uk for further details.


About the tutors

James Spackman
 trains publishers in presentation and copywriting. He has worked in sales, marketing and management at Bloomsbury and Hodder amongst others. He is a publisher of cycling books with Profile and is co-founder of the new non-fiction agency bks.

Mary Morris is the director of Totleigh Barton, the Arvon Foundation’s creative writing centre in Devon. Prior to this she worked in publishing, beginning her career at Bloomsbury in 2003. She went on to manage the general list at Gerald Duckworth, later moving to the British Museum Press, where she developed exhibition titles, and finally to Faber & Faber, where she worked as a fiction editor.