Writ­ers to pitch for ul­ti­mate prize

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A PUB­LISH­ERS’ pitch event for writ­ers is the biggest event for emerg­ing writ­ers in Scot­land.

XpoNorth, which runs the event, is invit­ing writ­ers from all over the High­lands to take part in the event.

Held in In­ver­ness on Wed­nes­day June 7 as part of lead­ing creative in­dus­tries con­fer­ence and show­case XpoNorth, the event of­fers 18 writ­ers the chance to pitch their work, Dragon’s Den­style, to a panel of lead­ing UK agents and pub­lish­ers.

The panel in­cludes Jenny Brown As­so­ci­ates, Canon­gate, Bir­linn, Sand­stone Press and Scep­tre/ Hod­der Stoughton.

This is the second year that XpoNorth’s writ­ing and pub­lish­ing net­work has held its all- com­ers pitch­ing event. A call was put out in Jan­uary for writ­ers to sub­mit work for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Last year, one of the pitch­ers, Iain Hec­tor Ross, had his book The Whisky Dic­tio­nary snapped up by Sand­stone Press. It will be pub­lished by the Ding­wall- based publisher in the au­tumn.

This year, from 106 sub­mis­sions, 18 writ­ers have been selected.

Based on the prin­ci­ple of ensuring the best work across gen­res is pre­sented to the panel, this year’s event has three pitch ses­sions, two for fic­tion and one non-fic­tion.

This year, the first two panel ses­sions will be pref­aced by a short, stand- alone in­tro­duc­tion and trends ses­sion in which the panel will dis­cuss the work of their agency/ pub­lish­ing house and give in­sights into cur­rent com­mer­cial trends in pub­lish­ing.

Dur­ing each panel ses­sion, the pitch­ing writ­ers will each have ten min­utes to in­tro­duce and present their work - first five min­utes - and five min­utes to an­swer the panel’s ques­tions.

The ses­sions are open for any XpoNorth del­e­gate to at­tend and time lim­its for writ­ers will be strictly en­forced.

Lead­ing lit­er­ary agent Jenny Brown, who will be on the pitch­ing panel, said: ‘ Only in its second year, XpoNorth’s pitch event is al­ready a red let­ter date in the lit­er­ary cal­en­dar.’

Peter Ur­peth, di­rec­tor of XpoNorth’s writ­ing and pub­lish­ing net­work, said: ‘ We’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing a range of pitches in In­ver­ness from some se­ri­ously tal­ented new writ­ers.

‘And with ex­pert ad­vice from pub­lish­ers and in­sider knowl­edge into cur­rent pub­lish­ing trends, I’d also rec­om­mend at­ten­dance for any­one in­ter­ested in writ­ing and get­ting pub­lished.’

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