Monday, 18 March 2013

Publication - how it works

There are frequently presentations on how publishing works. They do tend to say the same thing over and over again but as there are always writers who are new to the scene, it must bear repeating.

This is what they will say:
  • Publishing is a really hard business
  • Check the publishers submission guidelines and follow them to the letter
  • Don't expect any response quickly
  • Don't call asking why you haven't heard anything
  • Don't say your mother/husband/kids love it in your cover letter
  • Don't expect to earn much
  • Children's books: Don't send illustrations or stories in rhyme
  • Develop a thick skin: Just because on publisher rejects your writing, doesn't mean another won't love it
  • Send your writing out to develop a CV of publishing and/or competitions accomplishments
  • Don't expect feedback from publishers
 I'm not sure what they will say on self-publishing but I doubt it will be encouraging.

If you haven't been to one before, I recommend you go before you start sending out. It may help to ease heartache.

Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to host this informative and instructive Writer’s Clinic, From Inspiration to Publication, in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre as part of its Professional Development Programme FEACH.

This practical and helpful clinic is an opportunity for both aspiring and professional writers to meet with industry experts and to gain a greater understanding of how the industry works. Writers of all backgrounds are invited to attend.

The clinic will be facilitated by Patricia Deevy of Penguin Ireland, Faith O’Grady, literary agent, and acclaimed writer Dermot Bolger (right).

This event will run from 6pm – 9pm on Tuesday 26 March in Ashbourne Cultural Centre, Killegland Street, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

During this clinic writers will:
  • Gain a greater understanding of the creative writing industry in Ireland
  • Become informed of how the industry works
  • Get advice on the next steps for their own projects
  • Develop a greater understanding of their own practice
  • Develop invaluable contacts and network opportunities
Places are free but booking is essential at Meath County Council Arts Office on 046 9097414 or

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