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Price: $45, exclusively open to Writing NSW members
How to enrol: Phone bookings only – call (02) 9555 9757 during office hours, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Please have your card ready and ensure your membership is up to date.
Bookings open Monday 3 February 2020, 9am.
How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission so you have a better chance of getting published?
On Friday 20 March 2020 Pantera Press, a boutique Australian publishing house with a focus on finding and developing the next generation of talented Australian storytellers, will be in residence at Writing NSW.
Meet the team from Pantera Press as they take you through the steps to publishing a book: from the submissions process through to editing, marketing, digital and publicity. The morning will comprise a series of panels with the Pantera Press directors, editorial team, marketing and comms staff, as well as genre-specific breakout groups.
In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the editorial team to gain invaluable feedback on your submission.
Submissions will be read by Pantera Press prior to the day. Each one-on-one 10-minute meeting will offer constructive feedback on your submission, including advice on refining your draft, genre categorisation, appropriate length, etc.
Work submitted can include fiction for a wide appealing or international audience (all genres and cross genres are welcomed), young adult (for ages 12+), and limited non-fiction (narrative non-fiction on current/important or controversial topics).
Please note, you must have a completed manuscript to enrol.
Pantera Press is currently looking for: Both Adult and Young Adult fiction (stand-alone and series), particularly commercial women’s fiction, romance, thriller, crime and mystery. Also narrative non-fiction for a popular audience.
Pantera Press is not currently accepting: picture or illustrated books, cookbooks, self-help books, health and well-being books, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, novellas, chapter books or books for under-12s.
Once enrolled, you will need to submit in one document:
- the first 20 pages of your manuscript, maximum 6500 words
- a one-page synopsis of your work, up to 300 words (need help with your synopsis? Please see our guide to writing a synopsis)
- a short note about yourself as a writer including why you love to write (maximum 150 words)
Your submission must be received by Tuesday 18 February 2020, 5pm.
We will provide a submission link once we have opened for bookings in February.
Your file must follow these formatting guidelines:
- Please provide the document in Microsoft Word format, saved in your name (i.e. Jane Doe.doc)
- Line spacing: 1.5–2
- 12 pt Times New Roman font
- Margins: minimum 3 cm all round (Word default margins are fine)
- Page numbers: consecutive from beginning to end
- Paragraphing: indent all paragraphs except the first paragraph of a new chapter or section. Only put spaces between paragraphs where you wish to indicate a section break.
- Left aligned (this means the text on the right edge of the page is ragged)
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