It’s not only agents and editors who judge a book by the first page: readers do too. In an industry driven by pitches, hooks, blurbs and the first paragraph of Look Inside the Book, writers need to get to grips with how a potential reader would first encounter their novel. What’s more, thinking clearly about what these condensed forms highlight about your current project can alert you to problems with it, or even inspire it in the first place.
But how do you draw the reader in without giving the game away, and what do you do if your novel has a non-linear structure? This practical, interactive tutorial will be based in part on material sent in by participants, to help us explore how to show (not just tell) a reader that you and your writing deserve their time, money and attention.
You should leave with a clearer sense of how pitches and blurbs can be a developmental technique as well as a selling tool, and some new ideas for how to make the best use of them.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing:
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.
This is a live session, but we understand that writers live busy lives and you may be away or something may crop up unexpectedly. For many of our sessions, there is the possibility of receiving a recording if you email us in advance explaining the situation.
Please note that the recordings aren’t professionally edited and may not be passed on under any circumstances. Copyright remains with the tutor.