Saturday at the Festival of Writing: inspiration and motivation
Our Festival of Writing 2017 live blogs gave authors insight into what to expect of a Festival experience. In this second ‘live’ blog post from the Festival of Writing 2017, Sarah Ann Juckes reveals what really goes on at the Saturday Night Gala Dinner.
I’ve been speaking to a lot of writers today and nearly everyone is saying the same thing:
“I might have learnt more in the last twenty-four hours than I have in ten years of writing.”
Unfortunately, I am only one person, which means I can’t get to all twenty-six workshops that went on today. I will, however, share the top tips I’ve learnt on everything from writing and editing, to pitching and publishing your book. Thanks to our hashtag, we have helpers to fill in the rest.
8. Send your manuscript to literary agents as a Word doc labelled with the title of your book. Penny Holroyde, like many agents, reads all submissions on her Kindle. Word documents are much easier to read on a Kindle than a PDF – and naming your submission with the book title over ‘Chapters 1-5’ will set it apart from everyone else.
Just a three-course meal with some of the most influential people in publishing. You know – no biggie.
Everyone was dressed to impress this evening and it was great to see writers chatting with agents, book doctors and each other about the stuff that matters most – writing. A fancy dinner was finished with an encore of readings from the finalists of the ‘Opening Chapter Competition’, judged by Sallyanne Sweeney. Just like at Friday Night Live, everyone read superbly. But there could only be one winner!