The Getting Published Day 2018 | Meet the Book Doctors

3rd March 2018 | 9.00am – 6.00pm | Regent’s College, London

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Is your work well-designed for the current market? Is your prose style strong enough? Does your opening chapter do enough to grab interest? Will your covering letter interest an agent? Does your synopsis look OK? What are your recommended next steps?


A professional editor will read your work in advance of the Getting Published event. They will give you realistic, honest and constructive feedback. You will receive a page of comments, and you will have 15 minutes to discuss those comments with your book doctor. They'll aim to cover all the above questions.

If you choose to have a book doctor slot, please submit your work by 16th February 2018

Find out more about this year's Book Doctors below:



Book Doctor: Craig Taylor


Craig (writing as C M Taylor) is the author of five novels. Premiership Psycho (Corsair 2011) and the Amazon best-selling Group of Death (Corsair 2012) form two thirds of a satirical trilogy about contemporary culture described as 'Brilliant' by The Sun, and 'Horribly entertaining' by The Mirror. He's also the author of Light, Cloven and Grief, the latter a dystopian fantasy described by British Science Fiction Association as a work of 'breathtaking originality' and nominated for their Book of the Year.

Craig has co-written a horror movie script, Writers Retreat, which was filmed in 2014 and premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival. He is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and has taught widely, often on the underlying structures of narrative, and on Born Digital Literature, a particular enthusiasm which has seen Craig crowdfund a literary app on the Unbound publishing website, as well as instigate an experiment in digital literature with the British Library. He has been a book editor with the Writers' Workshop since (almost) its inception.(Wikipedia page here.)  



Book Doctor: Debi Alper


Debi's first two novels, Nirvana Bites and Trading Tatiana, urban thrillers set among the sub-cultures of South East London, were published by Orion to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint and has re-published both novels as e-books, along with the next in the series, De Nada Nirvana. Me, John and a Bomb and The Gene Pool will be following soon.

For the last ten years, Debi has spent most of her time helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. She also runs the phenomenally successful Writers' Workshop Self-Edit Your Novel course, together with Emma Darwin, as well as acting as a competition judge.

Debi lives in South London with her partner and sons. She sometimes feels like a tiny island of oestrogen afloat in a sea of testosterone and smelly socks. (



Book Doctor: Jeremy Sheldon


Jeremy is an author, screenwriter and producer with 14 years’ experience in film, publishing, higher education and communications. His collaborators and clients range from top award winning producers to highly acclaimed independent filmmakers, from governments and global corporations to the world’s leading schools and universities.Jonathan Cape have published two full-length works of his fiction, The Comfort Zone (2002) and The Smiling Affair (2005).



Book Doctor: Jess Ruston


Jessica Ruston’s bestselling debut novel, Luxury, was published in 2009 by Headline Review and was the winner of the Debut of the Year 2009 category at the Elle Magazine Literary Awards. Luxury was followed by To Touch The Stars in 2011 and The Darker Side of Love in 2012. Her fourth novel, The lies You Told Me was published in January 2013. She is also the author of two non-fiction books as well as a number of screenplays.

Jessica’s journalism includes a weekly fiction serial for The Lady called Come For Dinner, features for Grazia, Red, Woman and Home, Scarlet, the Guardian online and Mslexia, as well as book reviews for Mslexia, The Lady and The Spectator. Luxury is under option to Lex Filmed Entertainment.



 Once booked: How to send us your work

Please send us your work by email to our main email address ( by Friday 23rd February. Your work should be in a single file, and be in either .doc, .docx, .pdf or other widely used file format. You should include:

A draft covering letter to an agent

A synopsis

Your opening chapter (up to 4000 words) 


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