Ask An Editor: How to Get Your Book Published

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2022

Opening times: 14:00 - 15:00

Venue: Bristol Folk House

Ticket Price: 0



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An unmissable workshop for writers looking to get their work into print.


Are you working on a novel or a non-fiction proposal? Finished a book and preparing to submit to agents? Or just dream of seeing your writing in print?

Come along to this informative masterclass with editors Anna Valentine, managing director of the Orion Publishing Group, and Philip Contos, editorial director at Laurence King Publishing.

This session will look in detail at the journey from manuscript to published book, what Anna and Philip look for in submissions and how to maximise your chances of seeing your writing in print.


This session is for:

  • Writers who want to understand more about how to navigate the publishing industry
  • Writers who are ready to take start submitting their book and are looking for insight into how to make their project stand out

There will be an hour-long discussion and audience Q&A. If you would like to send questions in advance, email with ‘Orion on Tour’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and will answer as many as we can from the audience on the day. There will also be an opportunity to speak to Anna and Philip informally following the event.



Anna Valentine - Managing Director, Orion Publishing Group

Anna has published some of the bestselling non-fiction titles of the past decade, including books by Noel ‘The Supervet’ Fitzpatrick, Alan Partridge, Frankie Boyle, Justin Bieber and DanTDM. She set up the Trapeze imprint, which has twice been shortlisted for the Nibbie for Imprint of the Year and has had hits including British Book Award winner Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and Dear NHS by the bestselling non-fiction author of the decade, Adam Kay.

Twitter: @avjreads

Philip Contos - Editorial Director, Laurence King Publishing

Philip has been commissioning on the Laurence King gift list since 2018. He publishes right across the non-book spectrum, from children’s and early years to adult and smart gift. He particularly enjoys developing new formats, like 299 Cats and a Dog, a cluster puzzle in which each piece is a different, unique shape. Other titles include The World of Shakespeare, Poo Bingo, and The World of Ian Rankin.

Twitter: @philipcontos

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The Bristol Folk House
40A Park Street

0117 926 2987

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