Literary agencies host online 'Discovery Day'

Literary agencies host online 'Discovery Day'

Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are to host a Twitter based event dedicated to "de-mystifying" the publishing process for prospective authors, called Discovery Day Online.

Following the literary agencies’ Discovery Days in 2012 and 2013, held at Foyles Charing Cross Road, Discovery Day Online offers writers the opportunity to take part in four consecutive sessions with the aim of simplifying the process of finding a literary agent and giving advice on routes to becoming a published author.

The event this year will take place on 26th November.

The agencies will run the November session from 9am until 1pm using the Twitter hashtag #PitchCB, giving writers the opportunity to pitch directly to Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh agents online. The agencies' first Twitter 'pitch day' attracted 2,000 pitches for books in July of this year, and reached more than 26m people on Twitter.

The lunchtime session, running between 1pm and 2pm, will be hosted by the Curtis Brown Book Group (@CBBookGroup), who will hold a public Twitter book group session with author Rachel Hore, who will be discussing her title The Silent Tide (Simon and Schuster), set in the world of publishing, the industry she worked in herself for a number of years in London. Readers can join in and ask questions by using the hashtag #CBBG on the day.

Between 2pm and 3.30pm Curtis Brown Creative Writing School will run a ‘novel writing advice’ session where director of Curtis Brown Creative, Anna Davis, will, with Antonia Honeywell (The Ship, W&N) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat, Faber), answer questions from writers using the hashtag #CBTips.

The day will close with a #AskCB session, which will run between 3.30pm and 5pm. Agents at Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh, including Jonny Geller, Sophie Lambert and Gordon Wise, will answer questions on submitting to an agent and the publishing process. Authors can join in by posting a question with the #AskCB hashtag.

Agents of Curtis Brown, Emma Herdman and Richard Pike, said: “Curtis Brown and Conville and Walsh are committed to de-mystifying the publishing process and finding and developing the best new writers from across the world. This day will combine the efforts of our creative writing school, the #PitchCB initiative and our online book group to reach as many writers from around the world as possible.” 

Curtis Brown owns Conville and Walsh after buying a remaining 50% stake in the company earlier this year.