Fri 23 Sep 2022, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

What is an agent and how do you get one? What do editors actually do? How do you go about submitting your work to magazines and publishers? How much do writers get paid? 

It’s not easy, as a writer, to get your work in print. The publishing world can be a confusing and a complicated place. In this welcoming, informal session for aspiring authors, you’ll have the chance to speak to two established writers, both of whom have multiple roles in the publishing industry. Come along to listen or to ask anything you want to know about how books happen. 

Heather Parry was recently appointed by the Society of Authors as their Senior Policy and Liaison Manager for Scotland. Heather has over a decade of experience in the publishing industry across several countries. She is the co-founder and Editorial Director of Extra Teeth magazine and in 2021 she created the free-access Illustrated Freelancer’s Guide with artist Maria Stoian, to assist and educate creative freelancers on their working rights and best practices. 

 Her short stories and non-fiction have been published internationally, and her debut novel, Orpheus Builds a Girl, will be out in October 2022 with Gallic Books. 

James Crawford is an acclaimed writer, publisher and broadcaster.  Born in Shetland, for over a decade he worked for and researched Scotland’s National Collection of Architecture and Archaeology. He is the author of The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World and Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings, which was shortlisted for best non-fiction book at the 2016 Saltire Literary Awards. He is editor-at-large at publisher Birlinn/Polygon. 

James has scripted and presented three series of the landmark BBC One documentary Scotland from the Sky, and in 2019 he was named as the first-ever Scottish ambassador for the UK Archive and Records Association’s Explore Your Archives campaign. He lives in Edinburgh. 

Supported by Scottish Book Trust.