Nov­el­ists, get your pitch on

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As­pir­ing au­thors with a book burn­ing a hole in their desk drawer might want to take note of this lat­est lit­er­ary event. (This open­ing sen­tence is a bit tor­tured; lose the clichés.)

The In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val (for­merly the Dublin Writ­ers Fes­ti­val) is host­ing a meet-the-agent event, when se­lected writ­ers will pitch their work to five lead­ing lit­er­ary agents. (Break this sen­tence into two. Keep it con­cise.)

Prospec­tive au­thors are asked to sub­mit the first 1,500 words (fic­tion or non-fic­tion) in hard copy, with a 1,000-word synop­sis and a 500-word au­thor bi­og­ra­phy. Sub­mis­sions will be as­sessed by lit­er­ary scout Vanessa Fox O’Lough­lin and her col­leagues in the Inkwell Group. Each sub­mis­sion costs ¤10 and the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will get a meet­ing with an agent to pitch their work and get pro­fes­sional feed­back and ad­vice. (Plenty of tech­ni­cal ad­vice here; be wary of los­ing the reader.)

Among those tak­ing part are Si­mon Trewin of WME Lon­don, and Polly Nolan from the Green­house Lit­er­ary Agency. The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is March 18th and those se­lected will be no­ti­fied by April 7th. (We need more depth on th­ese char­ac­ters: what are their mo­ti­va­tions?)

The event is part of a day-long Get­ting Pub­lished Con­fer­ence, which takes place on May 28th. It will cover all aspects of get­ting pub­lished, as well as a sec­tion on writ­ing for tele­vi­sion. Tick­ets are ¤50. For more , see il­f­dublin.com . (End­ing needs more punch; also, leave it open to a se­quel, es­pe­cially see­ing as we haven’t ne­go­ti­ated the film rights yet.) Lau­rence Mackin

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