Nationwide campaign launches to find, mentor and publish new authors from communities under-represented on bookshelves
Are you the next Malorie Blackman?
Or Dudley’s answer to James Patterson?
Are you writing the epic love story, featuring Romeo and Julian?
If so, Penguin Random House would love to meet you.
WriteNow wants to find, mentor and publish new writers with different stories to tell. Writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves.
This includes writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, and writers with a disability.
WriteNow aims to find exceptional unpublished writers that are under-represented in books and publishing. This includes writers from a socio-economically marginalised background, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability.
WriteNow will offer them one-to-one time with editors and access to literary agents, booksellers and published authors, including Kit de Waal, Bali Rai and Sathnam Sanghera, at a number of events across the country.
Applications are now OPEN. Click here to apply.
What’s on offer?
You’ll be one of 50 writers joining us for the afternoon. The day will include:
We know that the publishing industry can sometimes seem like a ‘closed shop’ and that it can be confusing to understand how the word document saved on your laptop could top the bestseller list. We’ll follow the journey of a book from manuscript to bookshelf, focusing in particular on how to get your foot in the door – including how to write a cover letter to an agent, and how to pitch your book. This will include hearing from:
- The Author: it all starts with you and your book.
- The Agent: Ella Kahn from Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency will explain the role agents play as the key link between authors and publishers, and give her top tips on how to get your book noticed.
- The Editor: a commissioning editor will describe their role, focusing in particular on the acquisitions process (deciding which books to buy) as well as describing how they would work with an author to get a finished manuscript ready for publication.
You’ll also hear a little more about what it’s like to be a published Penguin Random House author, including how we design a book’s cover, how we create a ‘buzz’ around our books by connecting authors with their readers, and how we work with customers – from small independent bookshops to the likes of Asda and Tesco.
You can find out more about the Birmingham line up here.
Back to all Events