Agents to repeat Foyles 'Discovery Day'

Agents to repeat Foyles 'Discovery Day'

Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh are to hold a second "Discovery Day" at Foyles. Unpublished writers are invited to bring in their manuscripts and pitch their novels.

Last year's inaugural event, run by Curtis Brown,
was fully booked within two hours of registration opening, with 350 authors making pitches, and travelling from as far afield as Texas, Cyprus and Belfast.

The second Discovery Day will take place on 16th November at Foyles Charing Cross Road; it will feature talks from agents Jonny Geller and Clare Conville, as well as novelist S J Watson.

Agents will meet one on one with new writers and hear a pitch and read the first page of their books, as well as offering surgery sessions to answer questions about the industry.

One writer will be selected to have a lunch with a Conville & Walsh agent, while another will be selected from a draw to receive a reader's report from Curtis Brown.

Geller said: "Discovery Day last year was a great success, and we are all delighted to be doing it again with Foyles and now, Conville & Walsh. This is no X-Factor for books, but a day when serious and committed writers can meet top agents and hear constructive, on-the-spot feedback as well as decode the sometimes mysterious world of publishing. It is also great fun."

Conville added: "Conville & Walsh have built much of their reputation on the discovery of first time authors, it will be great to join forces with our partners Curtis Brown to meet a new generation of writing talent in one of the world’s greatest bookshops."

Registration for the event is first come, first served at the Foyles website, with a separate registration for the evening panel event. More information is available on the Curtis Brown website.

Jasper Sutcliffe, head of buying at Foyles said: "At Foyles we are always introducing readers to new and exciting writers. Discovery Day complements what we do by allowing new writers to introduce themselves to book trade experts. Is an exciting prospect to think that we might one day be recommending a novel by a writer who got their first break at a Discovery Day held in a Foyles bookshop."