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Every Sunday, literary agent Peter Cox and his guests review the week's manuscript submissions live on YouTube...

Peter's Advice To Help You Make A Winning Submission...

Create A Strong Title

“Writers generally underestimate the importance of creating a memorable and distinctive title: something that right from the start sets your submission apart from the rest. We see a lot of submissions whose titles are frankly dull or derivative.

Don’t assume that your agent or eventual publisher will be able to ‘come up with something’. That’s not their job – you are the wordsmith, and it’s up to you to impress us with your craft, from the title onwards.

My advice is to spend however long it takes to evolve a compelling title. It may take a few days, or even a few weeks. However long it takes, it’s time well invested.”

Write Your Sales Blurb

“Like titles, blurbs are generally under-appreciated by writers, who often assume that their editor or publicist will dash something out before the book goes into production. That’s a huge missed opportunity! The writer knows their manuscript best of anyone, and they are in an ideal position to know how to pitch it to the reader.

On Pop-Ups, we ask you to supply 500 characters – not words – of blurb. That should be enough to whet our appetite: to make us sufficiently interested in your work that we want to spend time browsing the first few pages.”

Send 700 sparkling words!

“There is a natural tendency amongst writers to ‘write themselves in’ to their manuscript. It takes a little time for you to get to know your characters, the universe you’re creating, and so on.

But the reader is impatient. They want your story to hit them fully-formed. They don’t want to wade through a few indifferent chapters before the story really gets going. In fact, they won’t. If you don’t hook them in the first page or two, they will disengage.

It’s the writer’s job to keep us turning the page – show us you can hold our attention. It’s an indispensable part of your craft.”

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Terms of Submission

We can only accept work for consideration on Pop-Up Submissions on the following conditions, no exceptions or waivers. If you send us your work, it means you accept these conditions.

Definitions: “You” means the person making the submission. “We” "Us" and "Our" means The Redhammer Management Ltd and anyone authorised to act on its behalf. “Work” means the writing and all accompanying material in any medium sent for inclusion in Pop-Up Submissions live events. “Litopia” and “Litopia Writers' Colony” are trading names of The Redhammer Management Ltd.

  1. You understand and accept that the Work may, at Our sole discretion, be included in Litopia's Pop-Up Submissions event, currently broadcast live on various internet platforms.  The event will be recorded and permanently made available for public viewing.  You agree that no royalties or fees of any sort whatsoever will be paid to You or other organization acting on your behalf.
  2. We shall not be obliged to make use of any Work You submit and shall not be liable for any consequential loss of publicity or enhancement of reputation or otherwise.
  3. No material will be returned. It is therefore essential for You to keep a copy.
  4. You must submit only Your own original work and You warrant that it does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party.
  5. You must be the sole author of the Work.  You warrant that you have obtained all necessary consents and permissions on behalf of all persons or entities contributing to any accompanying material You submit and are authorized by any such persons or entities to grant the rights set out in these terms and conditions.
  6. You will indemnify and keep Us, our presenters, guests and staff indemnified from and against all and any claims, costs, damages, expenses, actions suffered or incurred by Us arising out of any breach of the warranties You have given.
  7. Exclusion of liability.  Under no circumstances will We or anyone acting on Our behalf, be liable for any loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract, defamation or otherwise, even if foreseeable. The exclusion specifically includes any alleged loss You may believe You have suffered as a result of making a submission to Us.This exclusion of liability therefore covers all liability for any of the following categories of loss or damage (whether such losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise): (a) loss of data; (b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits; (c) loss of business; (d) loss of opportunity; (e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation (including defamation); (f) losses suffered by third parties; (g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from Your use of Pop-Up Submissions regardless of the form of action.This clause does not affect Our liability for death or personal injury arising from Our negligence, nor Our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
  8. This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and no other jurisdiction shall be applicable.