Next up was the Industry Keynote Address with editor Sophie Buchan and agent Jenny Savill.
Fewer books are being published by publishing houses these days but the marketing campaigns are getting bigger and better. We also heard that print sales are rising while their electronic counterparts are not selling as much. Print copies are still popular, particularly with authors who like the validation of being traditionally published.
When approaching agents and publishers it is advisable to go for those in your own country. This makes face-to-face meetings easier for discussings things like royalties and rights.
Having a book published is a slow process and having an agent is no guarantee of a publishing deal.