Find An Agent

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

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.

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£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
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£40. Two months of single course access.

Learn the ins and outs of prepping for submitting your manuscript, from finding the right agent to fine-tuning your sample pages.

Find out the dos and don’ts (and all the subtle nuances in between) of finding an agent, submitting your novel, and how to get flippin’ published!

Join our lovely little online community to support you through the submission process, plus peer and WHQ feedback.

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF 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 Facebook group 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.

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

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

LOVE FOR WRITERS’ HQ AND PUBLISHING 101

HOW IT WORKS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • No rush

    This is a four week course but we’ll give you access to the course materials for a whole eight weeks so you can work at your own pace and because also we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    We’d love to give our courses away but we have a terrible notepad and clicky pen habit to keep up. We keep them as cheap as possible though, and our membership is reasonably affordable. If you’re really struggling check out our bursaries page and we’ll see if we can help.

  • 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.

GET STARTED NOW

£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£40. Two months of single course access.

*When you book a place you’ll receive an email detailing how to access the course material. It can take about five minutes to come through, and remember to check your spam folder.

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