Sophie Buchan is Senior Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld& Nicolson, part of the Orion Publishing Group. She specialises in literary fiction, including high-end crime, and has a sideline in narrative non-fiction. Her authors include Michèle Forbes, Simon Wroe, Walter Mosley, Bernhard Schlink and the founders of The Museum of Broken Relationships.
Publishers of high quality, prize-winning fiction, Weidenfeld& Nicholson have generously offered a free workshop to de-mystify the publishing process and give you the benefit of their expert advice to help you get one step closer to that elusive publishing deal.
The session will cover: the writing process, finding an agent, how to submit work, what publishers are looking for, the right publisher/imprint, what to expect from being published and how to make the most of the experience
The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
Sophie has kindly offered to read a chapter for each attendee (time permitting!) and giving you one-to-one feedback after this event.
If you would like to submit a chapter, send it to me and I shall collate them all and forward on to her. Format of chapter submission: Please include your name, surname and email address (in case Sophie wants to contact you afterwards) and one sentence about the piece of writing you are submitting eg: This is the first chapter of a novel called 'Giant Pandas Ate my Toast' set in Portsmouth with a worm protagonist. Email it to me: email@example.com by Monday the 28th midday.
About Weidenfeld& Nicholson’s new project Hometown Tales
Next year W&N are launching a series of short books – Hometown Tales – featuring new voices from regions that are under-represented in the UK book market. Each book will include a work by an unpublished writer and one by a high-profile author, both writing about the same place. The series will promote greater inclusivity and provide a platform for new writers, helping them to launch the first step of their careers, edited and mentored by editors at W&N.
Writers who have not published a full-length work are invited to apply to feature in Hometown Tales by submitting a piece of fiction or non-fiction, of approximately 15,000 words, about a place in the UK including Northern Ireland where they were born or where they have lived. It can be a village, a town, a city or a region.
For a chance to see your writing in print, please send your work to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2017. Please see here for full terms and conditions .