Q&A Session: ‘Demystifying the Publishing Process’ with Nancy Adimora from HarperCollins

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We’re delighted to offer a free Q&A session on ‘Demystifying the Publishing Process’ with Nancy Adimora from HarperCollins. Register here!

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).

Q&A Session on ‘Demystifying the Publishing Process’: 17th September 2020, 6pm

Nancy Adimora from HarperCollins has partnered up with the Scottish BAME Writers Network to host a Q&A session for writers of fiction and nonfiction. She will discuss an overview of the publishing process and be available to answer your questions. Potential topics are:

  • What to include in a synopsis & cover letter
  • How is a nonfiction submission different from a fiction one
  • What happens during the pitching stages
  • What working with an editor looks like
  • What can you expect from a big publisher’s marketing department
  • Any other questions you have about the journey of your book…

About Nancy Adimora

Nancy Adimora is the Talent & Audience Development Manager at HarperCollins Publishers, and the Founding Editor of AFREADA, an African literary magazine. Originally from Nigeria, her interest in African stories and innovation led her to join the TEDxEuston organising team, where she spent five years managing strategic partnerships. Nancy has also worked as an independent consultant, working on a range of projects with companies including Twitter and the Royal African Society.

Nancy works across HarperCollins to help attract new authors, reach and market to new audiences and deepen engagement with communities that are currently underserved in publishing. Authors and titles identified by Adimora in her new role will be published by existing HarperCollins divisions and imprints.

The Details

  • This session is free and will be approximately 45min long, beginning promptly at 6pm.
  • A maximum of 25 spaces, open to Black writers and writers of colour based in Scotland.
  • This event is especially suitable for writers who are working on or have completed their fiction or nonfiction manuscript.
  • Questions will be submitted beforehand, with some time for additional Q&As at the end.
  • This session will be hosted online using Webex (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the workshop date).
  • All participants will keep their cameras and mics off, and ask questions via the Webex chatbox.

Register for ‘Demystifying the Publishing Process’ with Nancy Adimora (HarperCollins) on Eventbrite

* BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. While we use the term BAME, we acknowledge the limitations of this terminology. At the core of our network is the aim to address and overcome systemic barriers that our members face directly or indirectly based on their ethnic or national identities, race or perceived racial identities, or the colour of their skin as per the Equality Act of 2010. We also use the terms ‘BIPOC’ (Black, Indigenous, people of colour), ‘Black writers’ and ‘writers of colour’ to refer to people from the BAME community who face such barriers.

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