From Pitch to Publication Masterclass

This course is eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit.

In this advanced-level full day workshop, literary agents Jayapriya Vasudevan and Helen Mangham of the Jacaranda Literary Agency will provide a detailed step-by-step guide through the process of what to do once you have finished your manuscript:

  • How to edit and refine your manuscript including presentation and proofing
  • How to find an agent and understand how an agent works 
  • How to pitch your book – tips on how to write a detailed proposal, how to write a strong synopsis and how to write a good submission letter 
  • How to submit directly to a publisher 
  • What happens once you have receive an offer from a publisher. Participants will get the opportunity to put what they learn into practice and be invited to pitch their own book and get personal feedback.

Participants will also be able to get first hand insight into a published author’s experiences. A Jacaranda author will be invited to share her perspective on the journey to publication.

This course is suitable for published authors or writers who have a draft manuscript


Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.


Some workshops are eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website  to choose from the courses available on the the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

Participants can disburse partial or full course fees (excludes registration fees) in SkillsFuture Credits. 
For using the full course fee in SkillsFuture, please register for the course in Eventbrite and select 'Send Invoice' at the end of the online registration page.
For disbursement of partial course fee in SkillsFuture, please contact [email protected]

If you use your SkillsFuture for the full course fee (exclude registration fee), please register for this workshop first and select 'Send Invoice' as payment mode. You are required to make cash payment of the Eventbrite registration fee at the workshop.

If you use partial SkillsFuture of the course fee, please sign in to your SkillsFuture account and after which email to [email protected] with the remaining course fee (including Eventbrite fee) you will make payment for.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.

18 AUGUST 2018 (SAT)
9:30AM – 5:30PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $200.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $6.99


Helen Mangham

Helen Mangham

Helen Mangham joined Jacaranda Literary Agency as a partner in 2013. Originally from the UK she started her publishing career in London at Curtis Brown literary agency as assistant to two of the senior agents. She was also one of the agency’s readers, responsible for reading manuscripts languishing in the ‘slush pile’. During this time she also worked as a freelance reader for Piatkus Books. She went on  to work as a book publicist for Belinda Harley Associates where she promoted a range of high profile titles from leading UK publishing companies – including Michael Chabon’s ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’, Andrew Morton’s controversial biography of Princess Diana, Whitley Streiber’s ‘Communion’ and the autobiography of Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Helen has lived overseas with her family for many years including stints in Budapest, Warsaw and Taipei before moving to Singapore.

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo is the author of the International Rubery Book Award shortlisted The Infinite Library and Other Stories (Math Paper Press, 2017) and Here be Dragons (Canvas Press, 2015), which won the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award in 2012. His play-by-email interactive fiction piece “The Book of Red Shadows” debuted at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2020.

His writing has appeared in many publications including Apex Magazine, Likhaan Journal, Strange Horizons, Science Fiction World and The Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore, as well as anthologies like The Best New Singapore Short Stories, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, and Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction.

He is a fellow of the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference (UK) and a Jalan Besar writer-in-residence at Sing Lit Station (2020/2021).