You have written your manuscript and it’s hiding under the bed or in a folder on your laptop. What are you going to do now? How do you get an agent? How do you handle rejection? What is a synopsis?
Cat Hogan finished her first manuscript in June 2015, had an agent by August and signed a two-book deal with Poolbeg Press in November. Her novel, They All Fall Down was published in July 2016 and hit the Irish Times best seller list a couple of weeks after publication. The workshop will teach writers how to approach their manuscripts with a critical eye in preparation for submission, the value of researching and how to find the best agent to fit the author and the novel. Cat promises a fun and informal interactive workshop while giving aspiring novelists the tools and tricks to get their novels noticed.
Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and close to the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk. Writing, storytelling, and a wild imagination is part of her DNA. The beautiful County Wexford, is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey and Arthur, and her tomcat Jim Hawkins. There they live a life of storytelling, song, and adventure. The other love of Cat’s life is food. A self-professed foodie, there is nothing she loves more than feeding a houseful of friends round her kitchen table. When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends, she can be found supporting local musicians and writers of which there is an abundance in her home town. They All Fall Down is Cat’s debut novel and was published on July 1st 2016 by Poolbeg Press. It has received praise far and wide and made its way onto the Irish times best seller list a couple of weeks after publication.