Find An Agent

Prepare your manuscript and find the best agent match for you and your work

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Great course. Absolutely loads of really useful advice to take you from beginning to end of the process (I was trying not to think about rejection, but apparently its OK!). Excellent sources, lists and advice from the Agents themselves. Thank you, Writers' HQ.
- Mark Ruskin

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COURSE HOME

It’s time. You’ve spent hundreds of hours writing and editing and polishing your story. It’s ready to become a Real Life Book-Shaped Thing.

So now what? Where do you start? How do you find the right agent? How do you package up your manuscript so it won’t end up at the bottom of the slush pile? What even IS a slush pile? Well, that’s what this course is for – duh.

Don’t jump the gun. Too many (ie: most) writers send off their manuscript far too early – before they’ve properly prepared, done their research, and put together a professional submission.

Spend four weeks learning how to prepare your manuscript for submission, find a suitable agent who’s going to love your work, and navigate the dos and don’ts of publication.

CURRICULUM

WEEK 1: ARE YOU READY FOR SUBMISSION? 

  • How do you know when you’re ready to submit your manuscript?
  • Can you pitch your story like a boss?
  • What are agents really looking for?
  • And how do you hoik up your pants and find the guts to start sending you work out?

WEEK 2: WHERE THE HECK DO YOU START?

  • The whys, whos, whens and whats of submitting
  • How do you find your perfect agent?
  • How do you approach them and what do you say?
  • Build your Agent Finding Action Plan

WEEK 3: WHAT TO DO; WHAT NOT TO DO

  • The dos and don’ts of getting an agent
  • How to make your manuscript sparkle
  • How to make your book stand out
  • The Checklist of Preparation (dun dun dunnnn)

WEEK 4: SUCCESS, FAILURE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

  • How to deal with rejection and forge your own path in the scary, exhilarating world of Being An Author
  • What happens once you’ve found an agent
  • What if trad publishing isn’t for you?
  • Next steps
HOW IT WORKS

1. Enrol
Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

2. Read, watch, do
The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

3. No rush
This course is written to be done over four weeks but if you miss a day or something comes up, don’t panic! Go at your own pace. We’ll be waiting for you in the community forums when you’re ready to catch up.

4. No money? No problem
Our membership is the cheapest way to access our courses at just £20 a month (with the first month half price). Alternatively, if you can’t wait and have no cash, have a look at our bursary scheme.

5. Milk no sugar
Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

WHAT YOU GET
  • Help and advice from award-winning authors and literary agents
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, advice and essential publishing info.
  • Access to our private forum full of super cool people to help and support you along the way, including Team WHQ, our specially-picked and hand-baked gang of badass writers.
  • Four weeks of exercises, advice and resources to help you build the best possible submission package.
  • Extensive content and step-by-step guides to finding the perfect agent for you and your novel.

Give your writing and writing habit a vigorous shakedown. Ooer.

Finish the course with a regular, sustainable writing practice.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ

Best f**king course on writing short fiction, ever ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love this course. So much information, so many great exercises, such great feedback in the forums. Doesn’t matter how you learn – there’s a little something for everyone here, from videos to suggested readings to hands-on work – and some great prompts for the exercises. Helped me think about writing in invaluable new ways (distill your story down to a 140-character tweet? I can do this, I can do this…!). Kind, encouraging, clear, direct. I wrote some new stories during the course, and with the stories I already had before I started, I have lots of editing ahead of me….but at least now I KNOW WHAT TO DO! Thanks for a stellar course, Jo. Time now to stop f**king about and start editing (writing is rewriting :o).

Mary Taslimi

Writing Short Fiction

Fantastic Course ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoroughly excellent course. A guided tour of the first draft you thought you knew, with myriad exercises to ensure you end up knowing it better. Help to recognise its strengths, and strategies to deal with its weaknesses. Advice, support, and plain good sense. A variety of approaches, to suit different kinds of writers. By the end of the course, I was raring to go, and what’s more, I knew what I had to do to make my draft into the best book it could be.

Cassie Oakman

Plotstormers II

I am converted ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Before the course, I was a solid pantser, but now I have truly seen the light. The way Sarah & Jo take you step-by-step through each stage, they make it impossible not to understand the theory of story structure and help you to put it into practice. So, after 6 short weeks (ARE THEY REALLY OVER?!), I can scarcely believe it, but I have a well-structured plan, with all the sub-plots in place, and I know what I want to happen and when. I just need to write the darned thing, now. If only they had a course for that… oh, wait a minute…

Lorna

Plotstormers

Writers’ HQ are absolute legends ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
They have taken me from someone who writes and created a writer. They also making a cracking cuppa. The retreats are an oasis of writing calm and an inspirational treat. Meeting fellow writers is always a treat. The online courses are not only draw out the writer you know is inside but are incredibly fun to boot.

Vicki Sarteur

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TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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