Esther | Marketing Assistant | Jericho Writers

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Hello! I'm Esther, and I'm the Marketing Assistant at Jericho Writers. I can usually be found running our social media accounts and helping out with all things marketing ☺️ Currently writing my dissertation for my MA in Publishing Media. I'm always happy to chat so come and say hi! 

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Your summer of writing starts here


Well, do we have a lot to get through in this newsletter! Excitingly, this is the first weekly newsletter in our new brand colours since we launched our new website last week. With that launch, we also had the much-anticipated early-bird tickets go up for the 2021 Summer Festival of writing, PLUS new tutored courses, and a new look to our membership. What a way to kick things off! 


EVENT: The Summer Festival of Writing is back for 2021! 


After the resounding success of last year, we’re back for another summer of online events featuring some of the biggest names in writing and publishing. You can now snap up discount early-bird tickets before the full, exciting programme is launched later this month. Further member discounts are automatically applied if you’re logged in (almost 50% off, in fact!).  


BOOK YOUR TICKET 


This week on Jericho Writers:


EVENT: Summer Festival of Writing highlights 


We could not be more excited to reveal the full Summer Festival programme later this month! For now, do check out some of the sneak preview events, including an international rostra of names such as the incredible Mark Dawson; Caleb Azumah Nelson; CD Major; and Folio Literary Agency. This is going to be huge! 


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MEMBERSHIP: We've made our membership bigger and better 


The heart of Jericho Writers is in our membership, where we stuff all the advice and opportunities we possibly can for writers to develop, from first steps to multi-bestseller.  


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER 


COURSES: New tutored courses now open for booking 


We’ve launched three new online tutored courses that cover Creative Writing 101, Writing for Children and Creative Non-Fiction. Join world-leading tutors for these 4-6 week courses with weekly online tutorials and small classes of like-minded writers. 


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What to look forward to at The Summer Festival of Writing


This time last year, the Jericho Writers team stopped sleeping and set to create the largest online writing festival we possibly could. We had no real proof of concept; no real clue how we were going to pull it off; and no way of knowing whether anyone would even turn up. We just knew that we wanted to capture the magic of the physical Festival of Writing in an online space, but make it bigger, better and open to more people than ever before.  


The result ended up being better than our wildest dreams. We had over 1,000 writers attend from every continent across the globe. We hosted huge names and found a new family of writers who immediately became friends for life.  


We’ve taken on your feedback from last year and are so pleased to be bringing the Summer Festival of Writing back for 2021. This year, we’re announcing earlier, with early-bird tickets offering a HUGE discount to those who book now.  


We’ve not announced the full programme yet, but ticketholders can look forward to over thirty-five online events stretching from June to August. Our speakers showcase an international rostra of names such as the incredible Mark Dawson; Caleb Azumah Nelson; CD Major; and Folio Literary Agency. Just like last year, all tickets also include an entry into the Friday Night Live competition, which has previously launched too many writing careers to count! You’ll also be able to watch as many events as you want live or catch up on replay until 30 September.  


To make it even more affordable, early-bird tickets are an additional 50% off for members and we’ll also be giving away thirty free places to deserving under-represented writers, like last year.  


So, will you be coming to the 2021 Summer Festival of Writing?! Those of you who came along last year, what will bring you back again? Share your thoughts in the Community here.  


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent 1-2-1 sessions (10% discount available for members)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Booking now! 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Exploring your membership is about to get a whole lot easier 


The newsletter this week is a little different. You might have spotted our recent hints that changes are coming to Jericho Writers. Well, this newsletter will tell you more about the new stuff we’re cooking up and what you’ve got to look forward to. This is a super-exciting time for us and we are SO looking forward to sharing what we’ve been working on! 


WEBINARS: Self-Publishing Month is go! 


Meanwhile, don’t forget to register for the two webinars this week, looking first at How to Self-Publish on Amazon on 9 April, and then How to Sell Books by the Truckload on 12 April. The way you access member webinars won’t be changing, so feel free to register for as many as you want as usual. 


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Coming soon to Jericho Writers:


An exciting new brand makeover  


We’re changing our brand colours and logo to better reflect our personality. Soon, you’ll see this newsletter in new, vibrant clothing that has writing right at its heart – just like we do. We’re still going to be the same Jericho inside, but we’re so excited to share this new look with you. Watch this space. 


An easier way to explore your membership content 


With the new brand will come a new website! This has been specifically designed with your feedback in mind and will make exploring all the content available to you as a member a whole lot easier. You don’t need to do anything for the switch – you'll keep the same login details and we’ll send you an email when the new site is live, so you can explore the new changes yourself. We think you’re going to love it! 


More films, events and opportunities  


These new changes mark the start of a very exciting year for members. We’re cooking up new professional video courses; more live events; a new community portal and more options to get help with your writing. Basically – if you can dream it, we’re going to do everything we can to help make it happen.  


Why the new look and website? 


When you’ve been going for as long as we have (eighteen years this Spring!) you need a little refresh every now and again. But above that – it's important to us that we continue to offer writers high-quality, genuinely useful advice in the best way possible. 


Last year, we asked you what you loved about Jericho Writers, and what could be improved. We’ve taken that feedback and incorporated it into a brand new style that I really hope you’ll all feel proud to be a part of – one that celebrates and supports all creative writers across fiction and non-fiction, no matter their background.  


We also incorporated your feedback into the new website design. If it feels like there’s a lot of stuff in your Jericho membership – that's because there is! You have access to almost 300 video tutorials; a live webinar every week; AgentMatch; Ask Jericho – plus more added all the time. Our job is to be here for you throughout your career, as you develop and progress, and this new website will hopefully make it much easier to do that. 


The important thing to know about this is that you don’t need to do anything at all. At some point overnight, our elves will make the switch and we’ll all wake to new colours. You’ll still have access to everything you do now - it will just look a little better, and be easier to explore.  


Excited about the new changes? Have any questions or concerns? Share your thoughts in the Community as usual, or drop us a line direct and we’ll help any way we can. We’re still the same team behind the scenes! 


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Agent one-to-one sessions for April (10% discount available)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Now booking throughout April.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available)


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that.

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Self-Publishing month is go!


Self-Publishing month has officially started and we’re kicking off with live webinars focusing on how to set up your book and sell it on Amazon. Remember, these events are all FREE and exclusive to members – and this newsletter also contains a small hint at why it may well be a very good time to join now... 


WEBINAR: How to self-publish on Amazon 


9 April. Forget overwhelm. Forget complicated. Forget techy confusion. Just grab your pen and notebook and join Michelle Emerson for 60 minutes of KDP self-publishing simply explained. 


MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW 

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE


This week on Jericho Writers:


WEBINAR: How to sell books by the truckload on Amazon 


12 April. Amazon is a great place to sell books, but most authors (and publishers) underutilize the free systems Amazon offers. This deep dive class will dig into all of the pieces that Amazon has to help you sell more books. 


MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW 

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE


BLOG: How to self-publish on Amazon KDP 


This is a jumbo post because it tells you everything you need to do and how to do it. Jump right in – and let’s get you self-publishing successfully via Amazon’s KDP platform. 


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COURSE: The Self-Publishing video course 


This flagship video course teaches you how to create, price, and distribute your eBook – and how to market the heck out of it, without being pushy or annoying. Included for free in every membership.  


FIND OUT MORE 


Jericho Writers is rebranding!

When you’ve been going for as long as we have (eighteen years this Spring!) you need a little refresh every now and again. But above that – it's important to us that we continue to offer writers high-quality, genuinely useful advice in the best way possible. That’s why soon you’ll see an exciting change of brand colours to this regular newsletter, plus a shiny new website! 


Last year, we asked you what you loved about Jericho Writers, and what could be improved. We’ve taken that feedback and incorporated it into a brand style that I really hope you’ll all feel proud to be a part of – one that celebrates and supports all creative writers across fiction and non-fiction, no matter their background.  


We also incorporated your feedback into the new website design. This includes a revamp of the members' content area, making the 300 video tutorials; weekly live webinars; AgentMatch; and Ask Jericho easier to find. You’ll also notice a vibrant new page style across the website, which has writing right at its heart – just like us. 


You don’t need to do anything before the switch. At some point overnight, our elves will change things over and we’ll all wake to new colours. You’ll still have access to everything you do now - it will just look a little better (and include some exciting new things!) 


Excited about the changes? Have any questions or concerns? Share your thoughts in the Community as usual, or drop us a line direct and we’ll help any way we can. We’re still the same team behind the scenes! 


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Agent 1-2-1 sessions for April (10% discount available for members)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Now booking throughout April. 


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 

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How to make use of all publishing options available  


As April approaches and we get ready to switch to Self-Publishing Month, we think too about how authors can swap between publishing options. Thankfully, we don’t have to just stick with one publishing option but are free to search for an agent whilst self-publishing, or try our hand in the indie world whilst traditionally publishing. Here’s how.  



WEBINAR: Self-Editing with Harry Bingham  


TONIGHT – Back by popular demand: Harry will take chunks of your work and edit them live on-screen, talking through his thought process as he does so.  


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NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE 


This week on Jericho Writers:


REPLAY: Replays of Getting Published Month 


Wish you’d joined Jericho Writers at the start of Getting Published month? Join now and watch all events back on replay!  


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WEBINARS: April is Self-Publishing Month! 


This April, our Self-Publishing Month brings you 12 webinars from acclaimed authors and experts from the world of self-publishing. Join Jericho Writers to access every single event. 


FIND OUT MORE 


MASTERCLASS: Traditional vs Self-Publishing 


What happens when you put indie publishing experts in a room with literary agents and traditional authors? The answer: a whole lot of opportunities for writers.  


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How to switch between traditional and self-publishing 


Here’s a fact: writers don’t need to choose between either self-publishing or traditional publishing. A modern career can make use of both options, capitalising on the credibility that comes from a traditional deal, whilst also benefitting from the high royalty rates in self-publishing.  


And whilst it’s true that you will be faced with a decision on what to do to kick things off with your debut, I do think it takes the pressure off slightly to know what whatever option you do choose, won’t tie you into just one route from now on.  


You might start by testing the waters with an agent. You might even land a book deal. And whilst you might want to stay with that publisher for as long as that option makes sense to your career, there’s no written rule for you to stay any longer than that. You might like to then capitalise on your notoriety and try self-publishing – perhaps in a different genre - and reap the rewards.  


Or maybe you want to try it the other way around. Throw yourself into doing things the indie way – build a following across a series – and then use this to your advantage to negotiate a better deal with a publisher.  


Most successful authors don’t stick with just one route. Established authors might write across all genres, collaborating when needed and going-it-alone too. Just choose whatever is right for you and your book right now – you can always change your mind later.  


What publishing options would you like to try during your long-term career? And which one will you start with first? Share your thoughts in the Community.  


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Take the Community survey for the chance to win £100! 


Your Community is on our revamp list and we’d love to hear your thoughts. The survey only takes a few minutes and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for a top prize of £100 and two runners-up prizes of £50 in Amazon vouchers (or your currency equivalent).   


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available to members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available to members) 


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working. 

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What all agent submissions should include. 


What a week we have for members! We've got no less than THREE webinars coming in the next five days, all forming part of Getting Published Month. Below, find out more about these and other help available to get your agent submission in tip-top shape before sending it out into the world.  


WEBINARS: Pre-publication tips, inspiring stories and advice from huge literary agents (FREE) 


TONIGHT – join Helen Richardson for the low-down on what you should be doing to prepare for publication (before you even have an agent). Join the agents behind many of the bestsellers in today’s fiction charts on Thursday, for advice on your submission package. And set your calendar for Saturday’s Inspirational Stories webinar featuring writers who were in your very shoes not that long ago. 

MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW 

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE 


This week on Jericho Writers: 


SNAPSHOT: How to write a query letter (FREE to members) 


Literary agent Laura Williams reveals what she’s looking for from a query letter and how you can ensure yours has the best chance of capturing the right kind of attention. 


WATCH NOW 


BLOG: How to write a synopsis  


Condensing a whole book onto a page can be one of the most difficult things to get right in a submission. This blog explains how to do it, with an example. 


READ NOW 


Take the Community survey for the chance to win £100! 


We're redeveloping the Jericho Writers online community and we'd love your input. The survey only takes a few minutes and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for a top prize of £100 and two runners-up prizes of £50 in Amazon vouchers (or your currency equivalent).   


TAKE THE SURVEY 


Nailing your submission extract

When we talk about agent submissions, there’s often a lot of weight put on the query letter and synopsis. And it’s true that these are important... But not as important as your actual book.  


Ask any literary agent what makes them excited about a submission and they’ll nearly always say “the writing”. This is great news for us, as we can be forgiven for perhaps not nailing a pitch or going slightly over the one-page synopsis limit - provided our writing shines.  


Nailing your extract will largely be down to you and your writing. This is the part where all those years following writing advice, knowing the market you’re writing for and finding your unique writing voice will (hopefully) pay off. But there are some things you can do to give yourself the best possible chance of having this appreciated:  

  • Submit exactly what the agent asks for (check their website or AgentMatch to be sure).  

  • Ensure you’re sending a standard file type that the agent will be able to view easily: .doc / .docx / .pdf. 

  • Title your file with your book title and author name.  

  • Don’t have too many pages before the writing starts – one title page is fine, but the agent may get frustrated having to scroll through much more.  

  • Use only standard fonts, no large images and no special characters.  

  • Have someone proofread your extract before sending it.  

  • Have someone give you feedback on whether the opening of your book captures attention, or whether you’d be better served starting elsewhere (Jericho Writers offers this as a service if you want a professional eye).

  • Check your work again yourself before sending – you only get one chance to make a first impression!  

Would you add anything to this list? What checks do you do on your submission before sending it? Sign up for free and share them in the Community here.  


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Agent One-to-One sessions for March and April (10% discount available for members)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Now booking through March and April.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 

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Hone your elevator pitch with our experts this week 


We’re back with our popular Slushpile Live webinar this week with a special focus on the US market, so now seems as good a time as any to review our elevator pitches. How do you condense an entire book down into just a few short sentences? Let’s find out! 


WEBINARS: Slushpile Live – US edition (Become a member to join) 


18 March. Ever wondered what a literary agent thinks when they open your cover letter? Want to get live feedback on yours? Now is your chance to hear from top US literary agent, Alice Fugate. The submission deadline has passed but it's definitely worth coming along and learning from real examples. 

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At Jericho Writers this week:


WEBINARS: Writing your elevator pitch (Become a member to join) 


20 March. Back by popular demand – bring your elevator pitch along to share in this webinar, and Harry Bingham will give his feedback on as many as he can in the hour, with advice on how to hone it.  


MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW 

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE 


BLOG: How to write an elevator pitch for your book  


Before heading into Harry’s fast-paced webinar on Saturday, read his advice on creating an elevator pitch and why it’s useful. 


READ NOW 


Take the Community survey for the chance to win £100! 


We're redeveloping the Jericho Writers online community and we'd love your input. The survey only takes a few minutes and you’ll be entered into a prize draw for a top prize of £100 and two runners-up prizes of £50 in Amazon vouchers (or your currency equivalent).   


TAKE THE SURVEY 


But what do agents want to see from your pitch?


Let’s face it – with COVID and social distancing, you’re unlikely to be riding in an elevator with a publisher any time soon. But short and exciting pitches are important things to have in your artillery, whether it’s to explain to your Aunt Mildred why you’re always working all the time or to capture the attention of a literary agent in your query letter.  


There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for writing a pitch. What agents want to see is a short description of your book that explains why they should be excited to read it. For some books, this could be done in just a few words. For example, the Alex Rider Series is: “A young James Bond”. Four words, and we have a pretty good idea of what these books are going to look like, and how they might have an exciting audience ready-and-waiting.  


Other books might have a harder time condensing to so few words – and for agents, that's usually fine. You want to ensure you’re not going over two short paragraphs if you can, and you focus only on the things that are most important/exciting about your idea. If you’re not sure what this is – think about what made you so excited to write it in the first place. Maybe it was a character, or theme, or place? And if you’re still not sure – ask your Aunt Mildred to read it instead and kindly tell you what your book is about. Sometimes, a more distanced view can offer us much-needed clarity on this stuff! 


So – what does the pitch in your query letter look like? Are you having trouble getting to the bottom of what makes your idea exciting? Share and help each other in the Community here.  


Sarah J x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent 1-2-1 sessions for March and April (10% discount available for members)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Now booking through March and April.  


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that.  

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One particular joy I have as a writer and a reader is sentences that work, because they don’t. Here’s an example (from Dodie Smith again, but I’ll stop banging on about her soon). The narrator is talking about her brother, Thomas, and observes that he can be both older than his years, and absolutely consistent with them, almost in the same minute. She exclaims:

Really, the puzzlingness of people!

Puzzlingness isn’t a word and there are obvious, easy ways to rephrase things to avoid that clumsiness. Smith could have said, “How puzzling people can be!” Or, “What a puzzle some people are!” Instead of just inventing a word – and a rather clumsy word at that – she could have used a regular noun or a regular adjective in precisely the regulation way.

So why didn’t she?

Here’s another little oddity, from Gillian Flynn / Gone Girl:

So I know I am right not to settle, but it doesn’t make me feel better as my friends pair off and … as I go to endless rounds of parties and bar nights, perfumed and sprayed and hopeful, rotating myself around the room like some dubious dessert.

In that case, the oddity isn’t quite as blatant, but it’s still there – lurking in the phrase rotating myself around the room.

Mostly, we use the word rotate intransitively – that is, without a direct object. (“The spindle rotated furiously …”). The most common transitive equivalent is the verb, to turn. (“I turned the wheel …”)

And, OK, in this snippet, it’s clear we want the word rotating not the word turning, but we surely don’t need the word myself. Why doesn’t Flynn just write: “rotating around the room like some dubious dessert”? The meaning of that is totally clear. It avoids the awkward “rotating myself” construction. It just works.

So why didn’t she write that? She’s (by a mile) the best crime writer of her generation, so she presumably had the ability to find the easy, natural, grammatically unobjectionable option.

While you consider that, I’ll offer you one further example from another (less classy) crime writer. Here’s my very own Fiona character talking about a “World’s Best Mum” silver cup that her father has given her mother, and then placed on a shelf above the kitchen door:

On the way through into the kitchen, we had to stop to admire the ‘World’s Best Mum’ trophy, which now looms over the kitchen door like something about to collapse.

There’s no grammatical problem there, as such, but the phrase that ends the sentence (“like something about to collapse”) feels almost like a placeholder, just there to fill space until I actually find the image I was after (“a landslip waiting to fall”, for example.)

And look, none of these three writers - myself included - are dummies. We put words on a page because we think they’re the right words. I don’t know about Gillian Flynn’s creative process, but Dodie Smith spent more than two years painfully editing and re-editing I Capture The Castle, so I’m pretty damn sure she didn’t write puzzlingness just because she was in a rush and couldn’t be bothered to retype properly.

So what’s going on?

I hope you sense the answer already.

In Dodie’s Smith’s case, she wanted to achieve a sense of how knotty and intractable it is to understand others. She could have delivered that thought via a fluidly grammatical sentence – but then the sentence itself wouldn’t have been knotty and intractable. So she placed a knobbly, awkward block right at the heart of the sentence: There! People are knotty and awkward, just like this word.

With Flynn, the same thing.

Amy, the narrator of that little quote, doesn’t go to those parties with the ease of someone wholly comfortable in her surroundings. On the contrary, she approaches those parties self-consciously, as though clumsily executing a plan in which she does not fully believe.

And how to achieve that sense of awkward self-manipulation? Why, how about using a verb/noun pair that embodies that awkward manipulation: rotating myself around the room. It sounds as though she’s heaving some recalcitrant piece of machinery around, not her own beautiful self.

It’s that phrase that really gives the sentence its coherence and its wit. She starts out perfumed and sprayed and hopeful – but hauls herself around like a clunky machine part – and ends up as popular and wanted as a “dubious dessert”. It’s the bit in the middle that lends utter credibility to the transition from perfumed to dubious.

Crucially, it’s also the bit that identifies where the blame lies. So it’s not the other party-goers who are at fault for being too aloof or too drunk or too whatever. It’s her own damn fault, because she wields herself like a lump of machinery, instead of just being a wonderful human. The grammatical faux pas manages to identify precisely where and why the party-experience is going wrong.

Same thing with the “thing about to collapse” phrase. Fiona wants to suggest that the shelf is rickety – and, more than that, she wants to convey that the whole idea of giving a fun trophy to her mother was a terrible one in the first place. And what better way to convey a ramshackle bad idea, than using a clumsily ramshackle and provisional-seeming phrase to end the sentence?

Boom!

Building it bad to build it right.

As I say, I have a stupidly fond spot for anything like that. I actually prefer a prose style that takes the risk of messiness. It feels more alive and more creative, though I acknowledge that’s a matter of taste, not an Ultimate Truth.

And building bad might seem like a uni-dimensional tool, but it’s really not. Its possibilities are creative and endless. I popped one of these emails into Grammarly, just for fun, to see what it came up with.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it had quite a few gripes with me, but including, for example:

[Publishers’ contracts] look much the same. Long. Written in Legalish. Needlessly complicated.

Grammarly did not love ‘legalish’ and wanted me to correct the spelling. But humans recognise instantly both that there’s a joke there and the purpose of the joke. That single made-up word instantly signifies something like “needless foreignness”, without the need to unpack those meanings any further.

Although “building bad” as a technique will tend to work only when you are dealing with something that is bad / awkward / puzzling / self-conscious / ramshackle – those things have a billion different shades of use, which means a billion different ways to express yourself, gloriously well through glorious badness.

Till soon.

Harry

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Announcing a month of events for indie authors

We’re pleased to announce that April is going to be dedicated to the indie revolution – featuring a whole month of webinars on everything from how to set up a book on Amazon to how to promote it without a budget. Below, see our top event picks coming up, as well as a guest piece from Sophie Flynn on why trad authors should attend these sessions too. These events are exclusive for members, so do join us now to take part in all of these, plus plenty more! 

 

WEBINARS THIS WEEK: Agents, expectations and funding for authors (Become a member to join) 


We have THREE webinars coming up this week: join six authors for ‘To Agent or Not to Agent’ TODAY; Debi Alper on ‘Managing Expectations’ on Saturday and Katy Massey on ‘Competitions and Funding UK’ on 15 March. Just register from the usual place! 


FIND OUT MORE 


Top picks from Self-Publishing Month: 


Just like Getting Published Month, all these events are included in your membership! Simply register for the ones that pique your interest the most or catch up on replay later.  


9 April: How to self-publish on Amazon


This workshop explains the process in easy-to-grasp steps. Forget techy confusion. Just grab your pen and notebook and join Michelle Emerson for 60 minutes of KDP self-publishing simply explained. 


FIND OUT MORE 


24 April: Ask an NYT bestselling author anything 


Marie Force has sold millions of books worldwide and built a very successful career from her writing. Come armed with questions for Marie about anything to do with her self-publishing journey. 


FIND OUT MORE 


26 April: Marketing without a budget 


In this workshop, Kristina Adams will look at the different ways you can market your book – without spending a penny. We’ll explore if you should bother with blogging, the right – and wrong – ways to use social media, and how to engage with your audience using an email list. 


FIND OUT MORE 


Members can register for all these events through their usual logged-in Webinar page. Non-members - simply join us to attend these events. 


Why all authors should learn self-publishing techniques – Sophie Flynn


I joined the Jericho Writers’ team this time last year, just as they were preparing for their two big events: Getting Published Day and Self-Publishing Day. I was asked to go to London to help out on-site (this was back in the times when we could hold events in real life!).  


At the time, I was desperately trying to get an agent, so was keen to attend Getting Published Day. I was less enthusiastic about Self-Publishing Day. I knew I wanted to follow a traditional route, so felt learning self-publishing skills would be irrelevant. 


Fast-forward 12 months and I now can safely say how wrong I was. 


While I did vaguely follow the traditional path (my debut novel ‘All My Lies’ will be published soon with Simon & Schuster) I can honestly say what has benefitted me most in the run-up to publication are the ‘self-publishing’ skills I’ve picked up through Jericho.  


Understanding things like how BookBub works, how to build a mailing list, why your book might end up in a seemingly bizarre and unrelated genre category on Amazon - these have been a lifeline during the rocky road to publication. Because whilst my publisher makes the decisions, at least I understand them.  


So, my tip to any writer wanting to be published - no matter the route - would be this: learn every skill you can. You’ll feel more empowered and generate greater writing success for it, I promise. 


What do you think? Are self-publishing skills relevant to all authors? Sign up for free and share your thoughts in the Townhouse here. 


Sophie x 



Plus, don’t miss:


Agent 1-2-1 sessions for March and April (10% discount available for members)  


Bag yourself a fifteen-minute call with an agent or a book doctor to talk exclusively about your work. Now booking through March and April.  


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 

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It’s Getting Published month at Jericho Writers! 


We’ve got a whole MONTH of brilliant events lines up exclusively for members this March focusing on traditional publishing. In this newsletter, we’ll quadruple your opportunities by focusing on four different ways you can get your book in front of readers. Remember, all you need to do to join every event in Getting Published Month is become a member of Jericho Writers.  


WEBINARS: A Case for Publishing (FREE for members) 


Thursday 4 March. Join four authors as they discuss four routes to traditional publishing: digital-first, hybrid, indie and Big 5. Featuring an international panel with Sophie Flynn, Christina Chiu, Elisabeth Thomas and E.C. Scullion. 


MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE 


Coming up soon:


One-to-Ones: Get feedback on your work from a top agent (10% member discount) 


Want to chat with a literary agent or book doctor about your work? Schedule a call with the expert of your choice and get tailored feedback on your writing. Last few remaining.  


BOOK NOW 


BURSARY: Last chance to enter for a fully-funded space on our Self-Edit Your Novel tutored course 


CLOSING 5 MARCH. Are you an under-represented writer with a first draft of a novel you’d like to polish for publication? Applications are now open for a fully-funded place on this life-changing course – please do apply.  


FIND OUT MORE 


MASTERCLASS: Commissioning editor keynote panel (FREE for members) 


Join commissioning editors from Transworld (Big 5); Granta (independent) and Amazon Publishing (the traditional arm of that marketplace!) in this keynote panel filmed at the Festival of Writing 2019.  


FIND OUT MORE 


How to get traditionally published the ‘non-traditional’ way 


When we think of traditional publishing, we often think of the route where an author gets an agent – that agent lands them a publishing deal at a large publisher – and they go on to publish multiple books with that same publisher. But not all traditional publishing deals look like that. And I think this is a particularly important thing to normalise for writers, as there are so many more opportunities available to us to get our work in front of readers.  


Take digital publishing for example. This has boomed so much in the last decade, several publishers now skip the need for physical books altogether and publish straight to eBook. In Thursday’s webinar, you’ll hear from our own Sophie Flynn who landed one such deal with a Big 5 publisher before she even had an agent.  


There are also smaller independent presses, such as Granta above. You don’t always need an agent to submit to a small press either. And this doesn’t make them any less worthy of a deal – many indie publishers go on to sell more copies than some Big 5 deals.  


There are also publishing deals via competitions; non-fiction direct pitches to publishers; hybrid publishing; storytelling using non-book media; and more. If you want to learn more about these, do pop along to Thursday’s webinar, or watch it on replay next week.  


Meanwhile – what non-traditional traditional deals are you aware of? Have you spotted an interesting publishing opportunity recently? Join for free and share in the Townhouse here.  


Sarah x 


Editor's Note: The most exciting thing happening at Jericho Writers HQ this week is the release of Sarah's new book, 'The World Between Us'It'll be published 4 March 2021 by Penguin (coinciding beautifully with World Book Day). Congratulations Sarah, we all can't wait to read it! (I'd recommend checking out the cover art, it's absolutely stunning). - Esther 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Members - Replays of the Getting Published Month 


Can’t make every event in the Getting Published Month live? Find the replays in exactly the same place you find all webinar replays – at the bottom of your Webinars page. Last night’s replay will be up in the next few days! 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 

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How to travel seamlessly through time in your writing 


Whether it's through genre, tense or flashback – we writers love travelling through time in our fiction and creative non-fiction. This newsletter features the last events of genre month, as well as advice on time travel in all its forms. Enjoy! 


WEBINARS: Writing historical fiction (Exclusive to members) 


25 Feb 20201. Travel back in time with Tammye Huf as she looks at the elements of story an author can use to balance the twin goals of historical accuracy and creative freedom. 


FIND OUT MORE 


Coming up soon:


FEEDBACK: March and April one-to-ones are now open for booking (10% member discount) 


Want to chat to a literary agent or book doctor about your work? Schedule a call with the expert of your choice and get tailored feedback on your writing. Warning: these will sell out fast! 


BOOK NOW


BLOG: Narrative distance definition with examples 


This is a must-read blog by Emma Darwin for anyone struggling to get to grips with tense, voice, POV and showing-not-telling. 


READ NOW 


BURSARY: Enter for a fully-funded space on our Self-Edit Your Novel tutored course 


CLOSING 5 MARCH. Are you an under-represented writer with a first draft of a novel you’d like to polish for publication? Applications are now open for a fully-funded place on this life-changing course – please do apply.  


FIND OUT MORE 


How to include a seamless flashback in your scene 


When wielded properly, a short flashback can help enrich characters, ground emotionally-charged scenes and help readers better understand the world they’re reading. However, used improperly, flashbacks can make readers feel a bit like riding in a car with a learner driver – shooting forwards and backwards and leaving us with whiplash.  


To keep to the driving analogy for the stick drivers out there – mastering flashbacks is a little like mastering the bite of a clutch. To avoid the jolt forwards or backwards in time, the reader needs to be lifted out of the present scene slowly – using a natural trigger point to transition so seamlessly, they shouldn’t even really twig that you’ve changed gear at all.  


My favourite triggers are based around senses – a song playing that reminds the character of a past event; the smell of their mother’s perfume etc. The flashback should then be short, interesting, and advance the action in some way, so the reader better understands the immediate situation because of it, before moving seamlessly back into the present again.  


How do you use flashbacks in your writing? Share an example from your work-in-progress in the Townhouse community, here.  


Sarah x 


Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members)


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 


New price points added to mentoring (10% discount available for members) 


You can now buy time with our world-leading mentors in blocks of 10, 20 and 30 hours. If you’re writing or editing and would like one-to-one support and feedback from a prize-winning author or commissioning editor, do check this out.  

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Every year, Jericho Writers joins some of the biggest agents and publishers with writers for our Getting Published Day. Due to obvious pandemic reasons, the Getting Published Day can’t go ahead this year, so we’ve turned it into a colossal MONTH of online events, featuring huge names from around the world. Even better – we're giving all of this completely FREE to members of Jericho Writers. There’s never been a better time to hop on board! 


WEBINARS: Events on thrillers and memoir happening this week (Exclusive to members) 


Join some amazing names from the world of crime and psychological thriller writing TODAY, and Nina Renata Aron on writing memoir in the USA on 20 February when you join us.  


MEMBERS - REGISTER NOW

NON-MEMBERS - FIND OUT MORE 


Coming up soon: 


WEBINARS: Getting Published Month has landed! (Exclusive to members) 


See the full list of events included in Getting Published Month, including Slushpile Live, and sessions on everything from agents, through to author funding. All you need to do to access all these events is join us before 1 March 2021.  


SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME


BURSARY: Enter for a fully-funded space on our Self-Edit Your Novel tutored course 


CLOSING 5 MARCH. Are you an under-represented writer with a first draft of a novel you’d like to polish for publication? Applications are now open for a fully-funded place on this life-changing course – please do apply.  


FIND OUT MORE 


FEEDBACK: Get editorial feedback on your novel ready for Getting Published Month (10% member discount) 


Want to attend Getting Published Month with a clear idea of the steps you need to take to get your manuscript agent-ready? We’re here to help on everything from a review of your agent submission pack, all the way through to full manuscript assessments.  


SEE THE FULL LIST 


What to look forward to in Getting Published month 


Our Getting Published events are a personal highlight for me, as it was during one such event in 2017 that I met my agent after twelve years of back-to-back rejection. So I am SO EXCITED to see a whole month of online events that could well open that very same door for you. Here’s my round-up of what’s to come.  


As with all good Getting Published events, there are a smattering of sessions focusing on polishing your manuscript (this is, after all, the thing that will determine your deal). We have the brilliant Debi Alper on Managing Expectations (never to be missed), and Helen Richardson on Getting Ready for Publication, which will cover the steps you can do now to help you publicise your book later (you’ll thank yourself for going to that one!) 


We also have webinars about the nuts-and-bolts of getting an agent, including a webinar from world-leading agent Juliet Mushens on crafting your submission package; Harry Bingham’s ever-popular interactive event on elevator pitches; and a special one going through the full process of using AgentMatch (which is included as part of a membership). Add onto that the opportunity to pitch your work to agents at a special US-edition of Slushpile Live and one-to-ones opening again soon (watch this space!). 


Of course, getting published isn’t all about agents. Learn about the other routes to publication in A Case for Publishing; find out about author funding and competitions with Katy Massey, and how other members have done it in our special Inspiring Jericho Stories event.  


You can see the full list of webinars here – all you need to do to access all of them is become a member for a month or a year. I can’t wait to see the success stories that come out of this one. I promise you – they really do happen.  


What are you most looking forward to in the Getting Published Month? Share your thoughts on the programme in the Townhouse, here.  


Sarah x 



Plus, don’t miss: 


Agent Submission Pack assessment (10% discount available for members)  


Getting rejected without feedback? Our expert editors can give you advice on your entire submission package to help you pinpoint what’s not working.  


Manuscript Assessment  (10% discount available for members) 


Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 


New price points added to mentoring (10% discount available for members)


You can now buy time with our world-leading mentors in blocks of 10, 20 and 30 hours. If you’re writing or editing and would like one-to-one support and feedback from a prize-winning author or commissioning editor, do check this out.  

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Hello!

Most of you will have a manuscript on the go right now, and if you're part of the Jericho Writers community then chances are you're pretty serious about getting it published. Luckily, we're bringing you Getting Published Month in March. For this special event, we're excited to bring you twelve fascinating live webinars, all geared towards getting your writing published in 2021.

Getting Published Month has something for everyone. We'll be covering all kinds of publishing routes and, at the same time, helping you decide which one is best for you. You can watch how a bestselling author thinks with Harry Bingham's popular self-editing webinar, and get tips on managing your expectations from the lovely Debi Alper. Each event is led by a leading industry expert - we're bringing you the very best advice from the likes of top agency Mushens Entertainment, and award-winning publicist Helen Richardson. View the full line-up here. 

The event is available to members of Jericho Writers - if you're one already, great! All sessions take place online, with the links to access them found under 'My Jericho' - 'Webinars'.

If you've been thinking about trying out a month's membership with us, there's never been a better time to do so. For just the price of a monthly membership, you'll get access to the entire Getting Published line-up as well as everything else we offer members - including masterclasses, bespoke writing advice and AgentMatch. Find out more about membership here

If you’d like to know more about membership before committing, feel free to leave any questions in the comments below! Our Writer Support Team are also always available at info@jerichowriters.com, or call +44 (0) 345 459 9560 from the UK or +1 (646)-974-9060 from the US.

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