The ins and outs of submitting to agents

Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and Moonchild, and reader for the Eve White Literay Agency, will lead this 6 week course, taking you from pitch to publication and everything in between.

The course outline is below, and each week will focus on a different aspect of the submission process, with the aim of building skills that will help you beyond your query package.

Aisha will provide notes on these areas at the start of each week to give you an opportunity to fine tune your own work, then you’ll post it up for tutor and peer review. She will also be there in between sessions to answer any questions you have about finding an agent, and getting your book published.

In the final week, Aisha will be joined by Lucy Irvine of PFD, who will offer feedback on your 1st page, synopsis and query letter, followed by an hour-long Q&A. 

Sign up here!

But be fast – only 15 places available on this course.

Last month I felt despondent and disconnected from professionals in the writing industry. Rejections were piling in and I was desperate to shape my work based on feedback that I couldn’t get without paying huge sums. Now, with a new manuscript, Aisha’s positivity and encouragement and Lucy’s feedback I have a new lease of writing life and hopefully a manuscript that stands a fighting chance in the market. The confidence boost has massively impacted on my writing and it shows!



Such a great opportunity to get feedback and guidance from supportive industry professionals at a very reasonable price!

James Phillips


I think the course was excellent. I got a lot more out of it than I thought. The feedback was invaluable and the support and advice was fantastic. Aisha broke it down to the basics and then added until it was all clear. Loved this.

Susan Mann


Course Leader

Aisha was born in Bahrain and has lived in Kuwait, England and Canada. The first novel she ever worked on was a piece of fan fiction, based on her favourite book series, which she stayed up all night to work on when she was thirteen. Aisha now writes children’s books, sometimes with a little bit of magic in them

I am so pleased to be able to offer you a 6-week course all about finding an agent. I will cover everything from searching for the right agent, to editing your first page and query package. I’ll do my best to cater the course to your individual needs, and help you navigate your query from what to expect when you submit, through to how to respond when you receive interest. But, more than that, I want to bridge the gap between authors and agents.

I’m a published author, with over a year of experience working at two different literary agencies. I am also currently a freelance children’s reader. I have experience reading manuscripts and writing reports, chatting to editors and other industry professionals, and attending industry events. This has given me a real insight into what is is publishers want from authors, and has shown me that rejection is a huge part of the industry, no matter what side of the table you are on. Ultimately, we’re all trying to achieve the same goal: to publish great books, but it can sometimes feel like we’re fighting different corners.
This course hopes to get us all on the same page, and help authors find their place in the often scary, but ultimately exciting, world of publishing.

Weekly Workshop Day/Time:

Monday at 8-9pm (London, UK time)

Week 1 - Pitch and Premise

Often overlooked until later in the process, but we’ll make sure your premise is hooky, engaging, emotionally laced and jam-packed with conflicts. You’ll also practice and get feedback on your premise and pitches.

Week 2 - first 3 chapters

How to hook your reader from the 1st line. Workshop on first 3 chapters, plus get 300 words of feedback from Aisha.

Week 3 - query letters

How to write the perfect query letter and hook the agent from the outset. With a workshop on query letters and feedback from Aisha.

Week 4 - Synopses

How to write a synopsis. With a workshop and feedback from Aisha.


General discussion and questions – send work to literary agent.

Week 6 - Submission packages

A live workshop with the Aisha and Lucy Irvine of PFD, focussing on the synopsis, letter and 1st page, and with last questions, tips, advice on querying and what to do once you hit send.

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