Penguin Random House has developed a free online resource on how to get published, offering practical information and inspiration for unpublished writers on the publishing process to celebrate National Writing Day.
The guide, getpublished.penguin.co.uk, went live at 11am on Wednesday (26th June) to mark the annual celebration of writing. It is aimed at writers across all genres, and covers insights from authors, agents, publishers, how the book is designed and marketed as well as a jargon-buster and information on contracts, as well as further resources.
The resource was developed with former web editor of The Bookseller, editor and journalist Sarah Shaffi and graphic designer Jess Daughters, following feedback from PRH's WriteNow mentoring initiative, which aims to find new writers from under-represented communities.
“Over the past few years we have worked with hundreds of writers through our WriteNow programme, all at different stages through their journey to getting published; using our regional events to demystify the industry and give them the knowledge and confidence needed to continue writing,” PRH said. “Feedback many of these writers has highlighted that, prior to attending the workshop, they found the publishing industry inaccessible and felt the whole process to be complex and often overwhelming.”
Drawing on the most common questions asked and the most popular areas of interest for writers at these events, the guide aims to create a single, definitive guide to getting published to break down these barriers.
Siena Parker, head of creative responsibility at PRH UK, said: “We know that many writers struggle to navigate the publishing process and that information out there can be confusing and overwhelming. With this free guide, our aim was to create something in-depth enough to be useful, but clear and straightforward enough for everyone to understand. Our hope is that this will help make our industry a little bit more accessible to writers across the country.”
The publisher said it aims is to keep the guide relevant by refreshing it regularly so is calling on organisations which want to be included in the material to contact PRH on firstname.lastname@example.org.