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GOLDEN HARE MASTERCLASSES: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Book Deals (but were too afraid to ask)

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


An author, an agent and an editor walk into a bookshop – and answer all your questions about getting published! When do you know your book is ready to send out? What do agents do all day? How do editors pick their titles?

Join Claire Askew (ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS), Louise Lamont (LBA Books) and Genevieve Herr (Scholastic) at Golden Hare Books for some light myth-busting about the publication process, followed by one-to-one Q&A sessions for individual advice.

What to expect

A unique opportunity to hear from an editor, a literary agent and a published author in a friendly environment, with one-on-one advice sessions, practical writing exercises and open, honest advice about how the book industry thinks.

There’s so much advice out there about how to get published, it can become overwhelming. As part of a new series of Golden Hare Masterclasses, take part in this small, intimate session and hear from current industry professionals and a writer who’s been through it all. You’ll also have your chance to speak to an agent and editor one-on-one, as well as take part in a fun, helpful writing exercise with our Writer-in-Residence. All in the surroundings of a cosy and friendly bookshop with like-minded people, no matter what stage of your writing career you’re at!

Spaces for this workshop are very limited to allow participants individual time with our speakers. Your ticket includes refreshments and a special 10% discount on related books for the evening.

Our speakers

Claire Askew is a poet and novelist. Her debut novel, All the Hidden Truths, was published by Hodder & Stoughton following a four-way publisher auction, and her debut poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016) was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire First Book Award. Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and has won a variety of accolades for her work, including the Jessie Kesson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. She works as the Scotland tutor for women’s writing initiatives Write Like A Grrrl! and #GrrrlCon, as well as being the current Writer-in-Residence at the University of Edinburgh and Golden Hare Books.

Genevieve Herr graduated with a First in English and History of Art from UCL in 2002. She has since worked in children’s publishing, first at Walker Books and now at Scholastic where she is a Commissioning Editor on the fiction list. She began her Masters in Creative Writing at Birkbeck in 2010 and was awarded a Distinction. Her short stories have appeared in MIR and Writer’s Hub and she is working on her first novel.

Louise Lamont is an agent at London-based literary agency LBA. After studying English Literature and Medieval Studies at university, she joined the literary agency AP Watt Ltd after a brief spell in the world of film development. She worked with Caradoc King and his clients for seven years, while also building her own list. In 2013, she moved to LBA, where she specialises in finding writers and illustrators for children’s and teen readers

Our masterclasses

Golden Hare Books is proud to host the first in a new series of masterclasses exploring different facets of the book industry, as well as workshops relating to the arts and crafts more generally. We are an independent bookshop with a keen interest in knowledge exchange and helping writers, artists and publishers learn, improve and achieve in the book industry. We aim to put on events that are affordable and allow us to cover our staff costs as well as paying our masterclass hosts a fair portion of the ticket fees.

If you are interested in hosting or partaking in a masterclass, please send a short pitch to julie@goldenharebooks.com with details about what you do and the workshop you’d like to run.


March 28
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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