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In Conversation With Linwood Barclay

In Conversation With Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.
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In Conversation With Bestselling Author Clare Mackintosh

In Conversation With Bestselling Author Clare Mackintosh

We speak to number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh author of I Let You Go, which won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare’s second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her books were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
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In Conversation With Author Claire Evans

In Conversation With Author Claire Evans

In this interview, Claire talks candidly about her approach to her writing, from the surprising source of inspiration for her novel, her strict approach to plotting and her dedication to re-writing. She also reveals how agent Jonny Geller helped shape her work and how her previousday jobs’ at Two Brothers Pictures and the BBC have informed her craft. We also get to grips with the process of getting a first book published and how a Claire is approaching her second.
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In Conversation With Unbound Publishing

In Conversation With Unbound Publishing

YA author and Jericho Writers’ team member, Sarah Juckes, sits down with Matthew Clayton, Head of Publishing at Unbound, to talk all things publishing. Unbound is a brand-new kind of publisher. They use crowdfunding to fund their books, and their titles are published on the back of pledges given to authors. To date, their community has pledged over £3 million to projects and that’s in just 5 years. Mathew heads up the commissioning department of Unbound and sometimes appears on their podcast, Backlisted. In this interview, Matthew and Sarah discuss exactly how their publishing model works, and what that means for authors. Mathew talks us through how the submission process works, and how discerning they are with those submissions. He also chats about some of Unbound’s biggest successes, and shares tips on what authors should be doing to get noticed when they submit to Unbound.
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In Conversation With Indie Publisher Granta Books

In Conversation With Indie Publisher Granta Books

In this interview, we chat to Anne about what kinds of books she publishes, including literary fiction and non-fiction. We find out what she is looking for from a submission and what kinds of authors suit her list. We also chat about the specifics of publishing literary titles and what an author can expect from a publishing deal with Granta.
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In Conversation With Indie Publisher Galley Beggar Press

In Conversation With Indie Publisher Galley Beggar Press

Galley Beggar Press is an independent publisher that punches far above it’s weight. With authors on their list such as Eimear McBride, Winner of the Bailey’s Prize for fiction for A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, they are one of the most interesting small publishers working in the UK today. In this Feature, we sit down with authors, editors and now founders of Galley Beggar, Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar to find out how they work with writers. They talk frankly about what writing stands out for them, their close working relationship with their authors, and how writers are able to submit to them directly. This intimate chat is the ideal opportunity to learn more about what it’s like to work with a successful independent publisher. Warning: this interview contains dogs too!
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In Conversation With Harpercollins

In Conversation With Harpercollins

In this interview, learn what makes Kimberley fall in love with a novel and how she works with her writers. She explains how she approaches submissions and why she likes to commission an author rather than just one book. She also talks about what her role encompasses and the ways she develops her writers at an imprint that is at the forefront of breaking new talent in digital.
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In Conversation With Children’s Author Non Pratt

In Conversation With Children’s Author Non Pratt

Want to know what it really takes to be a successful YA author? In this revealing interview, we chat to Non Pratt about what it really means to make a career out of writing for young adults. As well as talking about her writing process, we delve into Non’s career to date and find out the reality of rejection post-publication. Non also discusses the other stuff that goes alongside being a writer for children, including school visits. This is a must-watch for any writer serious about progressing their writing career post-publication, in any genre. It’s also a fantastic watch for anyone who loves YA novels. We delve into Non’s shelves and discuss what makes a fantastic teen novel.
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In Conversation With Author Shelley Harris

In Conversation With Author Shelley Harris

In this interview, we ask Shelley about her inspirational journey to publication, and how she overcame the fear of failure to start writing again in adulthood. We chat about the writing of her first novel, how that process differed in her second, and what tips and tricks she has up her sleeve for her third. This interview perfect watching for anyone writing Contemporary Fiction, or who, like Shelley, is struggling with self-doubt with their writing.
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In Conversation With Author Sarah Pinborough

In Conversation With Author Sarah Pinborough

In this interview, Sarah talks about her journey from writing horror for an American publisher, to becoming a New York Times Bestselling author. She also gives us an insight into what authors earn from publishing, and how she made the cross into writing full-time. We also get a sneak peek into what Sarah will be chatting about in her keynote speech at The Festival of Writing 2018. This is a wonderfully down-to-earth and candid interview perfect for any writer wondering how to make a career from their books.
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In Conversation With Author Sarah Dunant

In Conversation With Author Sarah Dunant

We chat to Sarah to find out how she goes about researching her novels, and how she approaches her writing day. She also helps us get to grips with our inner-critics and shares her insights and advice on writing based on her thirty-year career.
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In Conversation With Author Adele Parks

In Conversation With Author Adele Parks

We join Adele Parks at her beautiful Surrey home to talk about her career as a successful author of women’s fiction. In this interview, Adele sits down with Jericho Writers to discuss her career, and to share her tips on everything from writing a best-seller, to getting an agent, through to actually getting published. Adele tells us how she got her agent, what inspires her and how she works. We discuss how she started, her approach to writing and how she’s managed to write so much over the course of her career. Plus, we take a look at her bookcase, delve into what she is reading at the minute, and find out what her favourite books are.
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An Interview With Amazon Publishing

An Interview With Amazon Publishing

In this exciting interview, we chat to Laura about the differences between self-publishing a book on Amazon, and having a contract with Amazon Publishing UK. Laura reveals the kinds of stories she is looking for and how she finds authors and not always in the way you might expect.
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In Conversation With Agent Piers Blofeld

In Conversation With Agent Piers Blofeld

What really makes for a good literary agent submission? And what kinds of books would he like to see in his inbox? In this Feature film, we chat to Piers in his book-filled office about the perfect cover letter, synopsis and extract, as well as what his role as an agent is once he says ‘yes’.
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In Conversation With Agent Louise Buckley

In Conversation With Agent Louise Buckley

Louise Buckley chats with Jericho Writers about her day-to-day work as a literary agent what that entails, and what she loves about it. She also shares her top tips for writers to make sure your submission really stands out. Plus, she lets us in on the kind of writing she loves and what’s on her wish-list at the moment.
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In Conversation With Agent Kate Burke

In Conversation With Agent Kate Burke

We find out the story behind Northbank’s name and how the agency is expanding. She also reveals what kind of fiction excites her the most and how to lure her in with your cover letter. This interview is full of tips for preparing the perfect agent submission package.
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In Conversation With Agent Diana Beaumont

In Conversation With Agent Diana Beaumont

We chat to Diana Beaumont about how she works with authors to ensure their work with saleable and how she negotiates career-building deals for her authors. We also find out about how she reviews slushpile submissions and what tempts her to read on. Diana represents a wide range of commercial fiction across many genres, as well as non-fiction.
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In Conversation With Agent Caroline Wood

In Conversation With Agent Caroline Wood

Caroline talks about the process of sifting the slush pile, finding treasures, working with those authors and taking them out to publishers. She talks about some of her recent finds and gives an example of a pitch and covering letter that really worked for her. Harry Bingham and audience members bring the questions.
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How To Win A Writing Competition

How To Win A Writing Competition

The Bath Novel Award and The Bath Children’s Novel Award are two annual £2,500 prizes open to unpublished and self-published novelists worldwide. In this revealing interview, we sit down with Awards founder, Caroline Ambrose, and 2016 winner, Kim Sherwood, to find out how the awards began in 2013. We ask what the selection process is for the awards and get tips on what it is about a competition entry that makes it a winner. With such high stakes, the Bath Novel Awards are highly-contested, and even longlisted authors go on to do great things. We catch up with a 2016 winner, Kim Sherwood, to find out more about the release of her debut novel and how winning The Bath helped her get there. If you’re serious about bolstering your writing CV, then this isn’t an interview to miss.
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Behind-The-Scenes At Orion – Part One

Behind-The-Scenes At Orion – Part One

What happens after you get an agent? In part one of this exclusive Feature film, we follow the process of a book as it goes through submission, acquisition, and editing. Orion books is part of Hachette one of the largest publishers in the world. We were granted behind-the-scenes access to their flagship London offices to chat to the people who make traditionally-published books happen. Join debut author Sarah Juckes, as she chats to Holly Harley (Senior Editor, W&N, non-fiction), Harriet Bourton (Publisher, Orion Fiction), Rebecca Grey (Head of Fiction Publicity), Mark Stay (Online Key Accounts Director), Paul Bulos (Contracts Director), Francesca Pathak (Commissioning Editor, Orion Fiction), and Emma Smith, (Commissioning Editor, Trapeze, Non-Fiction). As well as discovering what editors are really looking for when they acquire a new book, we also find out how much say the sales and marketing teams have in acquisition; what’s expected of an author in their edits; what a standard publishing contract looks like and much, much more. This is an extra-special film aimed at writers at all stages of their career. If you’re thinking about traditionally publishing, this is not a film to miss. Remember the entire two-part film is FREE for members of Jericho Writers. See below for a ten-minute teaser of this video.
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Behind-The-Scenes At Orion – Part Two

Behind-The-Scenes At Orion – Part Two

What happens when you get a traditional publishing deal? In part two of this exclusive Feature film, we follow the process of a book as it goes through production, audiobook creation, cover design, publicity, marketing, rights and sales. Orion books is part of Hachette one of the largest publishers in the world. We were granted behind-the-scenes access to their flagship London offices to chat to the people who make traditionally-published books happen. Join debut author Sarah Juckes, as she chats to Katie Horrocks (Deputy Production Manager), Paul Stark (Senior Audio Manager), Lucie Stericker (Group Creative Director), Rebecca Grey (Head of Fiction Publicity), Cait Davies (Senior Marketing Manager), Krystyna Kujawinska (Foreign Rights Director) and Mark Stay (Online Key Accounts Director). As well as discovering how much marketing and publicity a debut author can expect to receive, we also find out how eBook and Print book files differ in production; how audiobooks are one of the fastest growing markets in publishing right now; how sales of rights work and the input retailers such as Amazon will have on your book. This is an extra-special film aimed at writers at all stages of their career. If you’re thinking about traditionally publishing, this is not a film to miss.
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