What is a Publishing Consultation? At Writers' Unleashed a Publishing Consultation is a half hour one-on-one meeting with an editor or agent.
Why book a Publishing Consultation? You only get one shot to submit your manuscript to a publisher and if they choose not to accept it the chances are you will receive a standard form letter in reply. This is an opportunity to test the waters before you send. To find out not only whether your manuscript is ready for publication but also to receive the kind of feedback that writers so rarely get, to find out WHY an editor would accept or reject your manuscript. And if your manuscript is good enough you may even receive that golden ticket, an invitation to submit.
Can Publishing Consultations Help You Get Published? Yes! If you follow the editors/agents advice. You may not get that particular manuscript published but every bit of knowledge helps you become a stronger writer who is more aware of the publishing industry and better equipped to chase their publishing goals. And if you bring the right manuscript to the right editor at the right time you can earn a publishing contract. One of last year's Publishing Consultations led to a contract with Penguin Books.
What Do I Need To Submit Before My Publishing Consultation? You can submit for the editor/agent to pre-read before your consultation:
2 picture book texts
The 1st chapter of a novel + a 100 word synopsis
What Should I Have Ready on the Day? This is your chance to really sell your book to the editor/agent. The more knowledge you have about where it will fit into the industry the better. Make sure you cover these things to help your pitch be great.
Approx Word Count
Audience - Who is going to buy this book? Age? Gender?
What published books is your manuscript similar too and what new concept sets it apart.
Is there a gap in the market that your book will fill?
What Else Do I Need to Know? Advice from a working editor is valuable advice indeed. After all, they make the decisions on what will and won't be published. Don't be afraid to take notes.
Having something you have poured your soul into critiqued can sometimes be difficult. Don't waste time arguing if you disagree with what they say. Just make a note and move on. Sometimes what seems perfectly clear to the writer doesn't translate to the reader. You may find that when you have had time to reread your work and think about it you'll find that the advice you were given does have merit. And if not, at least you won't have missed out hearing the ten other things you did agree with while arguing about the one thing that you didn't.
Be confident and let your personality shine through. Enjoy yourself and don't worry too much! A Publishing Consultation can be a great stepping stone towards publication but if it doesn't end up in a contract this time at least you'll be one step closer to your goal.