Pent to Print partnered with the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation earlier this year to bring a variety of professional talks from Editors, Literary Agents and Writers. For ReadFest, Alison Hennessey talks you through how to catch an editor’s eye, what makes her fall in love with a book including plenty of advice on how to make your manuscript as strong as it can be before you submit it to agents or publishers.
What happens after you’ve secured that all important publishing deal? How does your manuscript become a finished book? What do the different editorial stages – structural, line, copy edit and proofread – involve? And what are common issues or pitfalls that commissioning editors see in manuscripts, and how can you fix them?
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Alison Hennessey has worked in publishing for over sixteen years, including eleven years spent at Random House, where her authors included the global bestsellers, Ruth Ware and Jo Nesbo, as well as prize winning authors such as Abir Mukherjee, Eva Dolan and Denise Mina.
In 2016 she moved to Bloomsbury to set up and run the Raven Books imprint, home to writers including Laura Purcell, Holly Watt and Stuart Turton, whose debut novel The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was a Sunday Times bestseller, winning the Costa First Novel Award and the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel. In 2019 Alison was shortlisted for Editor of the Year at the British Book Awards, while Raven Books was shortlisted for Publisher of the Year at the CWA Dagger Awards.