Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair

The Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair deadline is fast approaching. Last year's first fair was inundated with debut novels and had a number of successes.

Earlier in the year, Niamh Boyce sold her novel The Herbalist to Penguin Ireland and more recently Janet Cameron’s book, Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, was snatched up by Hachette. As well as this, Liberties Press have laid claim to Kevin Curran’s novel, Beatspolitations. With nine of the authors signed up with literary agents and many in talks with publishers, they eagerly anticipate more book deals before the end of this year.

This time round they've added an extra prize of a seminar on 'How to Pitch your Novel' to better prepare the novelists for the day and they've cut the number of novelists participating
in half to give them more quality time with the publishers.

The deadline for the competition this year is on October 17th and the Novel Fair itself will take place on February 16th, 2013.

The Novel Fair was introduced last year with the aim of introducing, in person, up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents who, in turn, have the chance to liaise with an eclectic bunch of talented, new authors. It gives promising, first-time novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas, bring characters to life and place their synopsis directly into the hands of the people they want to see it most.

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