Head of Zeus has teamed up with agent and author Peter Cox's YouTube show “Pop-Up Submissions” in a partnership which could lead to publication for manuscripts discussed on the programme.
The show sees Cox joined by two guests from the publishing business each week to review five manuscript submissions live. The team is aided by a chat room, consisting of members of writing community Litopia, which Cox established more than two decades ago.
Under the new arrangement, each month’s winner will now go directly to Head of Zeus for “serious publishing consideration”.
Nicolas Cheetham, c.e.o. of Head of Zeus and a frequent guest on the show, said: “It’s very exciting, it’s highly unpredictable, and it’s great fun. I look forward to appearing on the show every few weeks – and I particularly look forward to discovering a few more bestselling authors there!”
Two Pop-Up alumni authors, Mark Knowles and Tim Hodkinson, have already won multi-book deals from Head of Zeus.
“The confidence gained from the generally positive feedback gave me the impetus to submit to my agent,” said Knowles, author of the forthcoming Argo from Head of Zeus’ Aries imprint. “It's further evidence — as if evidence was needed — of the great value Litopia adds to the industry, particularly for relative newcomers.”
Hodkinson, author of Aries title The Serpent King, added: “The feedback from 'Pop-Ups' undoubtedly played a large part in me eventually getting a five-book deal from Head of Zeus.”