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Breakfast Byte The Book Agent Tables: Speed Pitching to Agents

It’s notoriously difficult for authors to get in front of agents, so we set up our Agent Tables events to enable writers to meet agents in person and get feedback on their work.

Our next Agent Tables event is on  Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at The Groucho Club, Soho, and we are asking for submissions by Friday 3rd January (see submission guidelines below for you to follow once you have booked your ticket).**

Think, eighteen authors, six agents plus a light breakfast at the Groucho Club, with each author submitting their work first and getting the opportunity to take two of the thirty-six slots on the day to meet privately with two agents each who have read their work

Tickets are £35* for Groucho members,  £50* for Byte The Book members and £85* for non-members.

If you’re not already a member you can join Byte The Book from £36 a quarter here.

**Ticket price include a light breakfast but exclude booking fee and VAT.

*Submission Guidelines (once you have purchased your tickets)

Please submit to info@bytethebook.com and include the following and please include all below in a single document. Also please save the document as your name then title:  e.g. JoeBloggsAgentTablesJanByteTheBook.

We require:

For adult fiction:

  • A brief personal biography of around 250 words with anything that you feel is relevant to your application
  • A synopsis up to 600 words outlining the plot of your novel
  • A brief pitch of your novel of up to 250 words, including genre (crime, thriller, literary, commercial women’s fiction, SF, etc.)
  • First three chapters or equivalent amounting to 8,000-10,000 words
  • Please also state what stage you are at – e.g. unfinished/finished manuscript; second draft, etc.

For adult narrative non-fiction (memoir/biography)

  • a brief personal biography of around 400 words with anything you feel is relevant to your submission, including why you are the best person to tell this story and how you might help to promote it – details of your online presence, blog, social media platform, etc
  • a pitch of around 250 words telling us why the focus of the biography/memoir makes for an interesting or relevant subject/why this is story that needs to be told
  • an outline of around 600 words
  • First three chapters or equivalent amounting
  • to 8,000-10,000 words
  • Please also state what stage you are at – e.g. unfinished/finished
  • manuscript, second draft, etc.

For ideas-led/serious non-fiction (science, smart-thinking, health/wellbeing, history, etc.)

  • a brief personal biography of up to 400 words with anything you feel is relevant to your submission including why you are qualified to write on this subject and how you might help to promote it – details of your online presence, blog, social media platform, etc
  • an overview and outline (including brief chapter breakdown) of the book of 600-800 words.
  • Two or three chapters amounting to around 8,000-10,000 words.

For children’s fiction:

A brief personal biography of around 400 words with anything that you feel is relevant to your application and how you might help to promote it – details of your online presence, blog, social media platform, etc

A brief pitch of your story of up to 250 words, including genre (early reader (5-9), chapter book (7-10), middle-grade (8-12), YA (12+) and who is the target audience (ie what might they be reading already?)

A synopsis up to 400 words outlining the plot of your story.

First three chapters or equivalent amounting to:

Picture Book: 150-500 words

Early Reader: 500-1000 words

Chapter book: 1,000-2,000 words

Middle grade: 2,000-3,000 words

Young Adult: 3,000-4,000 words

Please also state what stage you are at – e.g. concept and sample text; unfinished/finished manuscript; second draft, etc.

If you have suggestions for illustrations include sample work from illustrators you like, but do not present the text with illustrations in place unless you are an author/illustrator (ie the Holy Grail).

For children’s non-fiction:

A brief personal biography of up to 400 words with anything you feel is relevant to your submission including why you are qualified to write on this subject and how you might help to promote it – details of your online presence, blog, social media platform, etc

An overview and outline (including brief chapter or spread breakdown) of the book of 600-800 words, including subject (history, science, environment), relevant school curriculum elements and how the book might fit into a gap in the market. List relevant books in the market that you like, and how your book is different to them.

Two or three chapters or spreads amounting to no more than 1000-1500 words.

Please also state what stage you are at – e.g. concept and sample text; unfinished/finished manuscript, second draft, etc.

If you have suggestions for illustrations include sample work from illustrators you like, but do not present the text with illustrations in place unless you are an author/illustrator.

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Byte The Book Networking At Frankfurt Book Fair

A chance to network and kickback with the publishing crowd out in Frankfurt. We’ll be in the Jambo Bar, Elbestraße 20,  60329, Frankfurt Main from 9pm onwards with early drinks on us. Let us know if you’re coming by booking a ticket.

We have limited tickets for members of Byte The Book to get in free to Frankfurt Book Fair (saving you up to €145). For more information on tickets please contact us at info@bytethebook.com. Free tickets are only available to those that have full year memberships, Individuals can join us for £120 a year here. Company memberships are also available, please contact us at info@bythebook.com for more information.

This event is free for all but please do register if you’d like come along.

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Breakfast Byte The Book Agent Tables – Speed Pitching to Agents at The Groucho Club

It’s notoriously difficult for authors to get in front of agents, so we set up our Agent Tables events to enable writers to meet agents in person and get feedback on their work.

Our next Agent Tables event is on Wednesday 18th September at The Groucho Club, Soho, and we are asking for submissions by Tuesday 27th August (see submission guidelines below for you to follow once you have booked your ticket).

Think, eighteen authors, six agents plus a light breakfast at the Groucho Club, with each author submitting their work first and getting the opportunity to take two of the thirty-six slots on the day to meet privately with two agents each who have read their work.

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Byte the Book Picnic

Summertime in London, how wonderful, come celebrate with us at our picnic.
This year we’re running this event in partnership with Novellic who will be facilitating one of their famed book swaps, so please bring along a book you’ve written, published, edited or read and loved to swap.
It’s free to attend but please do bring along contributions to add to the picnic and do let us know if you are coming so we know how much fizz and snacks to buy.
Please do come and join us in Regents Park. Friends and families welcome, just as long as they like books!

We’ll be by the Broadwalk Gardens on the left hand side not far from the College of Physicians. and near to the Outer Circle. We’ll share our exact location on the day. Note the map on this event is misleading.

The nearest stations are Great Portland Street and Regents Park and Camden Town.

All are welcome, please do invite your friends, just all please book your tickets.
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