Total: 2 hours approximately
(03:00—4:00pm Friday and Saturday,
The Harry Preston Room, Radisson Blu Hotel).

JO FLETCHER Want to know how to get your manuscript published? How advances and royalties work? What being edited involves? What to do to sell translation rights? Well now here is your chance to learn from one of the top editors in the genre.

Our Mistress of Ceremonies, Jo Fletcher, joined independent publishing company Headline in 1985 and masterminded the launch of the fledgling imprint's fantasy, SF and horror list, introducing award-winning writers like Dan Simmons, Michael Bishop, and Charles L. Grant's acclaimed horror anthology series Shadows to the UK. She left Headline in 1988 and worked for Mandarin and Penguin Books (1988-90), then moved to Pan Books to run the newly revitalised genre list.

She is currently Associate Publisher of Gollancz, the award-winning fantasy and science fiction imprint, now part of the Orion Publishing Group, where her authors include such giants of the field as Sir Terry Pratchett, the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Donaldson, Charlaine Harris and Polish superstar Andrzej Sapkowski.

This is your opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade—how to give yourself the best chance to succeed, and what not to do—when you are submitting your work to a major publishing house. Over two one-hour seminars on the Friday and Saturday afternoons, she will instruct you on how to submit your work, what happens once you do, and the process your manuscript goes through before it eventually emerges as a potential best-seller at the other end!

This is the kind of information that any writer will find invaluable to their career, and a unique opportunity to learn from one of the top editors in the field.

Places are strictly limited to 14 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is just £20 per person for both one-hour seminars. Just pay in advance via PayPal. Please note: You must be a current member of World Horror Convention 2010 to participate in Workshop events.

Please note that due to the nature of this event, if you cancel or fail to attend either of the seminars, you will not receive a refund.


Whether or not you can attend the Workshops, if you would still like Jo Fletcher to critique your work, you can send an electronic version of the first chapter of your novel to:

Only a maximum of 10 manuscripts will be accepted on a first-come basis. The cost of an individual critique is £15 (to be paid in advance) and is only open to World Horror Convention 2010 attendees. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2009. Please double-space the manuscript, put your name, address and e-mail information on the first page, insert page numbers, and use a 12-point font. Jo Fletcher will then arrange to discuss it with you in a personal and informal 10-15 minutes meeting at the convention.

Please note: The opinions expressed in these workshops and meetings are purely subjective and based on the experience of the tutor. Other people's opinions may differ.

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