On Saturday 9th August on Track C, Session 3, Fantasy author, writing teach and mentor, Louise Cusack joins the race to Getting Published.
Are you so close to publication you can taste it, but haven’t managed to receive the call? International award-winning fantasy romance author, and highly successful mentor and manuscript assessor Louise Cusack can help. Seven of Louise’s clients were contracted for the first time in 2012 to Penguin, Pan Macmillan, Entangled, Momentum and Harlequin. Learn what they did: how to approach publishers and agents, how to maintain your motivation through rejection, and how to prepare your manuscript for success.
Fantasy author, mentor, writing teacher, computer game consultant, longtime vegetarian.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I’ve been teaching writing for over ten years and have presented hundreds of workshops and talks for writers centres, libraries and schools, as well as tutoring writing retreats and residencies. At the 2012 RWA conference my Pansters Plotting Kit workshop had over 80 participants and I got great feedback about that. I adore teaching and it helps fulfill my career mission statement of Sharing my love of story, and helping people look at the world in a different way. Every ‘work’ thing I do from writing to teaching to working on computer games revolves around those two aims, even my most recent gig which was as a Special Interest speaker on a luxury cruise.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Romance Rocks”?
I meet many writers in my travels who are good enough to be published by a major publishing house but who can’t seem to make it over the line, either because of lack of information or by sabotaging their own success. I can’t mentor them all! So it makes sense to teach a workshop on the tips and tricks that have helped my clients get contracts from big name publishers like Harlequin, Penguin, Pan Macmillan and Entangled. Naturally I understand that there are authors who prefer the indie route, but this workshop is for those writers who want the cache and promotional opportunities a big name publisher can provide.
What will participants take away from this session?
Big name publishers are picking up new writers all the time. If you’re talented and have learned the craft, it could be you. With the right information and the determination to succeed, you stand a much better chance of snagging a contract from a major publishing house. You just need to know how.
Which members will benefit most from this session?
This session is designed for unpublished or self published authors who want to sell books to a major publishing house.
What is the best part/aspect of conference for you?
Keeping up to date with information that’s pertinent to my career and my genre. I love the inspiration and the positivity of the conferences, and catching up with friends is fun too, but writing is a business so the key aspect for me is learning and I’m constantly amazed at just how much ‘bang’ you get for your buck at an RWA conference. Big name international agents and publishers giving inside information and making themselves available for pitches. It’s awesome value, and I try to go each year if I can.
Where can members find out more about you?
I have two websites. www.louisecusack.com is for readers and it contains information about my books and a blog on all things reading related. My other website www.ifyoumustwrite.com is for writers, and it contains details of my mentoring and manuscript assessment services, as well as a blog on the writing craft and the psychological aspects of being a writer. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and LinkedIn.