Five Tips For Getting Published

The Irish Writers Centre offer advice on how to see your work in print before bringing Publishing Day to the Belfast Book Festival

Ireland's national resource centre for literature takes its established Publishing Day series on the road this week for a special seminar as part of the Belfast Book Festival.

Industry professionals such as Patsy Horton (Blackstaff Press/Publishing Ireland), Daniel Bloger (New Island Books) and arts publicist Stephanie Dickenson will be at the Crescent Arts Centre on Saturday, June 13 to highlight trends in the sector, examine best practice for submissions and reveal the essentials in an author's profile and book PR. Authors Jan Carson and Gavin Corbett will also be on hand to share their experiences of getting published.

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Ahead of the event the Irish Writers Centre have compiled a few pointers for aspiring writers hoping to get their break to take on board.

   1.  Google Is Your Friend

Research each publisher and know who you're submitting to. Read submission guidelines carefully and note whether unsolicited manuscripts are accepted, what genres they publish and what authors are on their lists.


    2.  A Pair of Clean Eyes

Find someone who will read your work with a keen eye and who is prepared to give you honest feedback before sending out your manuscript. Having a literary editor among your circle of friends isn't essential but is recommended!

   3.  Spoilers Are Okay

Most publishers will require a synopsis. A synopsis is usually around 300 words and is not a blurb. It should let the editor or agent know about the main characters and how the plot unfolds.

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   4.  Nail Your Pitch

An editor or agent may not have much time to spend on your manuscript so be sure to hone that cover letter and synopsis as best you can before submission.

   5.  Keep The Faith

The path to publication can be tough but trust your own voice and don't give in to publishing trends.

The Irish Writers Centre hosts Publishing Day this Saturday, June 13 from 10.30am - 4pm at the Crescent Arts Centre. Places can be booked for £30 or £25 for Irish Writers Centre or Crescent Arts Centre members. Click here to book.