As part of the 15th Lagos Book & Art Festival the British Council is running a workshop for aspiring writers looking to get published.
The workshop will be facilitated by Ms Sarah Odedina Managing Director of the UK Children’s publishing house Hot Key Books. Sarah has worked in some of the major UK publishing houses and, notably, over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.
The workshop will focus on:
How to get published and what publishers are looking for.
It will explore ways to get published from working on your manuscripts (writing tips to include looking at dialogue, plot, research, setting, character) as well as practical tips on how to submit to publishers and agents, knowing your market, making your story your own.
Date: Tuesday 12th, November 2013
Time: 09.00a.m – 5.00p.m
We are looking for
- Unpublished fiction writers with at least two years of writing experience
- Writers with fiction manuscripts ready for submission
- Writers who are committed to getting published both locally and internationally
Selected writers must:
1. Show samples of their writing
2. Provide a 200-400 word supporting statement with evidence of their commitment to getting published. This may detail previous applications to publishers, professional feedback sought or other relevant opportunities pursued.
3. Be available on the 12 of November 2013 from 10.00am till 5.00pm
Unfortunately, we are only able to contact selected candidates and will do this by November 8, 2013.
Sarah Odedina Profile
Sarah Odedina began her publishing career working in the adult rights department of Penguin Books. She moved into children’s books in 1992 and quickly realised that she had found her niche. After four and a half years working as Rights Director for Orchard Books she moved to Bloomsbury in January 1997 as Editorial Director and during her time at Bloomsbury she commissioned and edited many prize-winning best-selling authors including Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar and Celia Rees. She also over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury. In September 2011 Sarah left Bloomsbury to start a new fiction list for Bonnier Publishing and has already enjoyed considerable success with one of the Hot Key Books titles winning the Costa Book Award. She feels now that a start-up is an incredibly privileged place to be allowing for greater integration between editorial and marketing and sales in order to ensure that there is a seamless approach to getting authors books in to the hands of readers