Talks & debates

How to Edit Your Novel

Part of Man Booker 50

Leading figures in the publishing world share their top tips on how to get your book finished and edited.

Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 with The Luminaries. The Luminaries is currently being adapted into a six-part television mini-series for the BBC. Her first novel, The Rehearsal, was published when she was 22. She was born in Canada, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Cambridge.

Sam Copeland is a literary agent and director at Rogers, Coleridge & White. He represents a diverse list of writers, many of whom have won or been shortlisted for over 20 major prizes, including the Man Booker. He has recently written a children’s book series, the first of which is soon to be published by Puffin in the UK, as well as in 15 other languages.

Sally Orson-Jones is a literary editor and writer’s mentor. Since 1998, she has worked with a wide range of authors, including Sarah Waters. She started her career at the BBC and was on the collective of the first incarnation of the young women’s magazine Shocking Pink in the 1980s.

More recently, she worked with Viv Albertine on her autobiography Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys (2014), and its successor, To Throw Away Unopened (2018). She lives in Brighton.

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