Agent Panel Day, Networking Lunch and One-to-One Sessions with WME Literary Agency

Date: 29/03/2014 Times: 11am Prices: £75 Full Day Ticket, £30 Talk & Lunch Location: The Library Restaurant, 4A Guildhall Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JH

Make your agent submission the best it can be with this unique Panel Day with WME Agency.

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Hoping to submit to a literary agent but not sure where to begin?

Panicking at the prospect of pitching or stumbling over your synopsis?

Get ahead of the game with this Agent Panel Day with industry experts from WME Literary Agency,
and refine your pitch with a 30 minute individual feedback session. The agent assigned to your pitch will read the first 3000 words of your novel, your synopsis, and covering letter, providing comments, critiques and compliments.

About the Panel Day

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet leading literary agents and receive their invaluable advice on what an agent is hoping to see in a pitch. You’ll also hear from them on the role of the agent, changes to the publishing industry and best practice on approaching agents. Book a Full Day Ticket to benefit from tailored hints and tips on your submission in a 30 minute one-to-one session with a WME agent. 

Morning Panel
You’ll spend the morning in a panel event with Simon Trewin, head of the Literary Department at WME and Elizabeth Sheinkman and Cathryn Summerhayes, both agents at WME. They will give you an essential insight into the submission process, talk you through common mistakes to avoid, and give you insider information on the work they are looking to represent – the morning panel gives you a chance to learn how to approach and secure an agent, as well as giving you an insight into the publishing process.

Networking Lunch
You will have the opportunity to put questions to the agents at the end of the panel, and are then invited to join the agents and other participants at a networking lunch, where you’ll have the chance to chat to the agents and other writers in an informal and relaxed environment.

Afternoon One-to-Ones
Those who book a £75 Full Day Ticket will also benefit from individual advice from the agents in a 30 minute one-to-one, where you’ll have the chance to discuss your writing and receive tailored feedback on your submission.

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£30 Talk & Lunch Ticket gives you entry to the panel event in the morning, the opportunity to pose questions at the Q&A and a free networking lunch.

£75 Full Day Ticket entitles you to all of the above, and a 30 minute one-to-one session with one of the WME agents where you will receive feedback on your pitch, including the first 3000 words of your novel, synopsis and covering letter.

About WME Agency

WME is a worldwide talent and literary agency with offices in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and Miami. Their Literary Department boasts a talented client list of bestselling and award-winning authors in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, among them winners of such awards as the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Edgar Award, the Giller Prize, the National Medal of Literature and more.

Visit the WME Agency website.

About the Agents

Simon Trewin
Simon is a Partner and Head of the London Literary Department. He has worked with a diverse list of multi award-winning clients including 2012 Costa Book Of the Year winner Andrew Miller (Pure), John Boyne (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas) and Scarlett Thomas (The End Of Mr Y).

A literary agent since 1993, Simon was most recently a director at United Agents. He is a former Secretary of the Association of Authors Agents, a three-time nominee for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year, and a Trustee of The Arvon Foundation and of The Salisbury Playhouse.

Follow Simon on Twitter @SimonTrewin

Visit Simon’s website.

Elizabeth Sheinkman
Elizabeth joined WME in 2012, and was formerly a senior agent and director at Curtis Brown. She has previously worked within the editorial departments of Oxford University Press and Alfred A. Knopf . Elizabeth has represented a broad range of award-winning and best-selling authors on both sides of the Atlantic, including Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole), Marcel Theroux (Far North), Kim Edwards (The Memory Keeper's Daughter) and Tim Butcher (Blood River).

Cathryn Summerhayes
Cathryn has been a literary agent at WME since 2006. She works alongside WME's New York agents selling UK rights for high-profile US clients such as Anita Shreve, Alice Munro and Curtis Sittenfeld. In the UK Cathryn represents Naomi Wood, Richard Milward and David Whitehouse, amongst others.

Prior to working at WME, Cathryn worked at David Godwin Associates and David Higham Associates, and before that at Colman Getty PR, where she coordinated a number of high-profile events, including the Man Booker Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize. Cathryn also coordinates the Literary Tent at Camp Bestival and is involved in both the Port Eliot Festivals and Edinburgh Festivals.

Follow Catherine on Twitter @TaffyAgent 

Additional Requirements

For those booking for the full day (including an agent session) please send
-    3,000 words of opening chapter/s of novel
-    1 page synopsis
-    1 page covering letter, to include an author biography
To by Friday 28th February 2014.

If you have booked a full day including an agent session, you will be assigned a 30 minute one-to-one slot between 1.30pm and 3.45pm. The one-to-one sessions will take place at The Library Restaurant and Writers' Centre Norwich Workshop room.


This Panel Day is suitable for advanced level writers.

Full day tickets are best suited for authors with completed or nearly completed novels looking for industry feedback. Talk and lunch tickets are best for novelists interested in hearing from agents, learning more about the industry and networking with fellow writers but who are not yet ready to submit to agents.

Advanced- An experienced writer, perhaps with a history of publication or previous academic experience of writing, who wants to work towards professional publication.

Payment is non-refundable on this workshop unless it is cancelled. 

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