Publishing tips for authors

Chris Longmuir, a published author, winner of the 2009 Dundee Book Prize and long time member of the Angus Writers’ Circle was the speaker at the Circle’s meeting on Wednesday, May 16.

She introduced her subject by creating editorial teams who were given an agent, publisher’s reader, submission editor and copy editor.

The exercise was designed to show how publishers processed submitted work. After a short period each team in turn described how they had treated the sample manuscripts.

Chris also handed out guidelines on magazine market research, and a sample layout showing how publishers expect authors to present their manuscripts.

The evening finished with a lively question and answer session.

The Angus Writers’ Circle meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm to 10pm in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath.

New members are always welcome.