Black text on a yellow background against an image of books, with a photo of a white person with short hair, glasses, and a dark jacket. Text: Non-Fiction Proposals - Next Steps. With Caro Clarke, Founder of Portobello Literary. A follow-up to our Q&A on non-fiction book proposals. 25th November 2023, 11am-12pm. Online.

Non-Fiction Proposals: Next Steps, with Caro Clarke – 25th November 2023

You’ve drafted a proposal for that non-fiction book you want to write – but what comes next?

Join us on 25th November, 11am on Zoom for this follow-up to July’s Q&A on non-fiction book proposals, where Caro Clarke from independent Scottish literary agency Portobello Literary answers your questions and shares valuable industry insight on how to progress toward publication.

Please be mindful when booking. This is a session for Black writers & writers of colour* based in Scotland (or who, pre-COVID, would normally be resident in Scotland). 

This event is open to writers of colour in Scotland from all experience levels. You don’t have to have attended July’s event or have written a non-fiction proposal! (However, priority will be given to those who did attend in July.) If you’re attending and didn’t make it to Caro’s previous Q&A, please tick the relevant box during registration and we’ll send you a link to the recording, which you can watch in advance of this event.

Caro has generously offered to give feedback on up to 10 book proposals from attendees! Please email us by 15 November at if you’d like to receive feedback. This will be on a first come first served basis.

If you have a question you’d like Caro to answer, you can add it during registration, email it to with the subject line ‘Non-Fiction Proposals: Next Steps’ by 5pm, 18th November, or ask on the day. We’ll do our best to answer all questions, but please bear in mind that advance questions have a better chance of being answered!

This event will be recorded for SBWN members who cannot make it event live – please email to request access.

By participating in our events you agree to adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.

Please note that this event is pay what you can (or free if you are unable to pay). We will never turn anyone away due to lack of funds. However, we rely on ticket sales to sustain the running of the organisation. If you have any questions, please contact us




Caro Clarke is a literary agent with over twelve years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021.

In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Writers they have worked with have won or been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Saltire National Book Awards, Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize, Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, Forward Prize, Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour, Mo Siewcharran Prize, Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award, Northern Writers Award, Nan Shepherd Prize, Laurel Prize, Nature Chronicles Prize, Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Eric Gregory Award, Women in Journalism Georgina Henry award, SI Leeds Literary Award and the Frank Allen Bullock Creative Writing Prize. Explore the Portobello Literary website.



Before participating in this event, please note the following:

  • The event will be live captioned by, the transcript and recording will be available for up to 4 weeks.
  • All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
  • For participants on low incomes, we have some bursaries for data (£7) and caregiver/childcare (£30) for online events; plus travel (within Scotland) for in-person events. Please contact us via email

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